“Heartstopper” fans could have real heart attacks on Thursday, June 16, when Primetime Emmy voting kicks off and Netflix’s sleeper hit is off the ballot. But don’t worry, the show hasn’t been delisted from the awards list. He will just compete elsewhere. Netflix has exclusively told Gold Derby that they are submitting the acclaimed teen drama to the Best Young Adult Series category at the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards, where it will also be eligible for categories that recognize performers, writers, directors and artisans.
In the past, children’s and family programs were awarded a daytime Emmy because such programs were usually aired before prime time. However, television has changed drastically in just the past 10 years, and the distinction between daytime and prime time has become less relevant in an age where streaming content can be viewed at any time of the day. Thus, the Television Academy, which presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which presents the Daytime Emmy Awards and other prizes, have teamed up to reorganization and streamlining of awards this includes, among other things, an Emmy event entirely dedicated to children’s and family shows.
Netflix has already had success with YA programming. Their Trinkets series, about teenage girls who meet in Thief Anonymous and become friends, was the best young adult series in 2020 and 2021. In its two seasons on the air, the show also received a Primetime Emmy for writing, in addition to nominations for its casting, editing, costumes, direction, and sound. Another Netflix youth program, Dash & Lily, won three Emmys out of 12 nominations in 2021, including wins for writer and supporting actress. Jody Long. But “Heartstopper” may have even more adult appeal, so perhaps it has the potential for even more success, especially now that it’s been officially extended for a second as well as third season.
Participation in the Heartstopper competition as a children’s/family program also has a symbolic meaning at a time when <кхм> some american laws have suggested that acknowledging queer identities is somehow inappropriate for children. Based on the juvenile graphic novels of the same name Alice Osman (who also writes the TV adaptation), “Heartstopper” casually depicts gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender young adults experiencing the emotions, turmoil, joys, and romance of adolescence that are as related as anyone else. And quickly conquered dedicated fan base in the process. So while you won’t see him on the June 16th ballot, you haven’t heard him last at the Emmys yet.
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