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Which Season of 'The Bear' Is Nominated at Tonight's Emmys?

Ayo Edebiri in 'The Bear'

If you're a fan of The Bear, you're probably still haunted by its second season, particularly its star-studded sixth episode, "Fishes." You're probably also wondering why none of that episode's phenomenal guest stars (hello, Jamie Lee Curtis!) were nominated for an Emmy this year. The answer is simple: The Bear Season 2 wasn't eligible this time around.

Although The Bear was recently awarded at the 2024 Golden Globes for its second season, which dropped on Hulu on June 22, 2023, it's nominated at tonight's 75th Primetime Emmy Awards for its first season. That's because the Emmys taking place on Jan. 15 are honoring only shows that aired between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023—a window that precedes The Bear Season 2 (and now feels like an eternity ago).

The larger-than-usual gap between eligibility dates and the ceremony's air date is the result of the dual writers' and actors' strikes that shut down Hollywood for a collective five months. The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were initially scheduled to take place on Sept. 18, 2023, the same year Jeremy Allen White took home the Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice award for his work on The Bear Season 1. That would have made more sense.

The Bear is already set to begin filming its third season in the next month or two, meaning Season 3 might be available to stream on Hulu around the same time Season 2 is finally getting its Emmys gold. Confusing? Maybe. But if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

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