Emmys Confusion: The Bear Season 1 Competes for Awards While Season 2 Sweeps Golden Globes

Los Angeles, CA – After its success at the Golden Globes, the hit comedy series, “The Bear,” is now setting its sights on the 75th Emmy Awards, where it hopes to replicate its winning streak. However, there is a twist – the show’s second season will be competing for awards at other major ceremonies, while its first season will vie for recognition at the Emmys. This confusion arises from the delayed Emmys, which are a result of last year’s writers and actors strikes.

Unlike the Golden Globes and guild awards, such as the SAG Awards, which follow the calendar year, the Emmys have an eligibility period that runs from June to May. Normally, the Emmys mark the end of the awards season for a particular TV season. This explains why “The Bear” Season 1, which premiered in June 2022, won Golden Globe recognition at the 80th ceremony in January 2023. If the Emmys had taken place in September as originally planned, Season 1 would have completed its awards run before Season 2, which debuted in June 2023, could compete.

While the new episodes of “The Bear” would have been available during Season 1’s Emmy campaign, they would not have been eligible for awards at the same time. Other shows facing a similar predicament include “Only Murders in the Building” and “The Crown,” which will also be competing for different seasons at the Emmys compared to other awards shows in the coming months.

For example, Elizabeth Debicki, who recently won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the final season of “The Crown,” is also nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys. However, her nomination is for her performance in Season 5, while Season 6 will only be eligible for awards later this year. Similarly, Season 3 of “Only Murders in the Building” has already vied for recognition at the Golden Globes, with Season 2 set to compete at the Emmys.

Fortunately, once the 76th Emmys come around, the confusion will be resolved, and these shows will have the opportunity to compete with their most recent seasons. As reported by Deadline, “The Bear” is anticipated to begin production for its third season in early 2024, possibly setting up a summer release preceding the 76th Emmys. Nonetheless, if all goes according to plan, Season 2 will have concluded its awards run by the time Season 3 competes.

The 75th Emmy Awards will air on Fox on Monday, January 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.