“Squid Game” will compete as an unrestricted drama series at awards show


Succession, for one, will have to grind Squid gamebones to bake his bread during awards season.

Although Netflix’s most popular original series (OK, “sampled”) has yet to be renewed for an additional season, our sister site IndieWire has confirmed that the nine-episode Korean thriller will compete as a drama series, and not as a limited series, at the next awards show (including the Emmy Awards next fall). He will throw himself against the expected tastes of Succession, You better call Saulthe last season of, The white lotus and It’s usfarewell race.

As IndieWire notes, Netflix already has Margaret Qualley’s Maid in the queue to compete as a limited series, against likely contenders like Nine Perfect Strangers, Scenes from a wedding and Impeachment: American Crime Story.

Threading the dramatic needle against the limited needle has become a bit of a sport in recent awards seasons, with projects trending such as HBO. Big little lies rivaling and snatching a lot of gold as a limited series, though predictably it got renewed for a second season.

Also, a few fun facts: Due to the rewards / guild membership eligibility rules, IndieWire reports that Squid game – which was singularly written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk – will not compete in the Writers Guild Awards or the Directors Guild Awards.

Speaking to Vulture in September, Bela Bajaria – Netflix’s global television chief – reportedly sounded “optimistic” about Squid game, although she said it would depend on the timing and interest of writer / director Hwang. “He’s got a movie and other stuff he’s working on,” Bajaria said. “We are trying to find the right structure for him.” (Hwang himself has said that any possible Season 2 would likely result in a real room for writers as well as other directors, and that – without spoiling anything – it could explore police issues.)

Squid game Of course, he’s been going full f-king beast on Netflix’s algorithms since his debut. After its solid initial launch, the Korean series of around 456 people who are drawn to (incredibly) deadly versions of children’s games is shaping up to be the streaming giant’s most sampled debut, having been sampled by 142 million fewer accounts. one month after its release. (Netflix counts two minutes of any program as a “view”.) In doing so, Squid game past the romance period Bridgerton, which in its first four weeks was sampled by 82 million accounts.

Squid game is also dominating Nielsen’s US streaming rankings, rising to No.1 by joining the elite “3 Billion Club” – in terms of total minutes watched during the one-week evaluation period.


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