If you're baffled as to why your favorite show Hacks isn't nominated for an Emmy this year, fret not—you don't have terrible taste. The nomination process often comes down to timing, at least in part, making many acclaimed and beloved series ineligible for Emmy submissions. Such was the case for Hacks this time around. That's because the last season of the show to air on Max (that would be Season 2) ran from May 12, 2022 to June 2, 2022, making the series eligible for the *2022* Emmys (for which it was nominated for 17 awards and won three). But the show's third season has yet to come out, meaning it simply can't be nominated at the moment. There's no new material to acknowledge.
This evening's Emmys, which are a postponed version of what would have been the 2023 Emmys, are honoring shows that aired between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023, a window that 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. Regardless, Hacks would not have been nominated.
Other critically and commercially successful series that won't be nominated this year due to eligibility rules are The Morning Show, Black Mirror Season 6 and Outlander. Likewise, you won't see any of the phenomenal guest actors from the star-studded second season of The Bear on the list this year, despite at least one of them being a sure thing (ahem, Jamie Lee Curtis), because it's the show's first season, not its second, that's up for awards tonight.
Did you follow all that? Great! You're now eligible for an Emmy.