After scoring big at such recent award shows as the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, FX’s The Bear has continued down the path of awards glory, claiming six statuettes at the 2023 Primetime Emmys.
At the ceremony, held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on Monday night, the beloved Chicago restaurant-world comedy scored the prizes for Outstanding Comedy Series, Comedy Actor (Jeremy Allen White), Comedy Supporting Actress (Ayo Edebiri) and Comedy Supporting Actor (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), as well as the awards for Comedy Writing and Directing. With creator Christopher Storer, the recipient of the latter two awards, absent from tonight’s ceremony, EP-actor (and real-world chef) Matty Matheson stepped up to accept the Comedy Series prize on behalf of the team.
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“What’s good? I just want to thank restaurants as a whole, hospitality as a whole,” said Matheson, before being kissed passionately on the mouth by excited co-star Moss-Bachrach.
“I love you Ebon…I just love restaurants so much, the good, the bad,” Matheson went on to say. “It’s rough. We’re all broken inside, and every single day we’ve got to show up and cook and make people feel good by eating something that’s sitting at a table.” Matheson called the picture he was painting “really beautiful,” also acknowledging the gift in getting to make a show that makes people “feel good, or filled with anxiety, or triggered, it seems.”
Subsequently, the cast member acknowledged all the people without whom The Bear wouldn’t exist. Shooting the show is “hard work. It’s early hours; we don’t see the sun for three months,” he joked. “We shoot on a sound stage; it’s really cool. I’ve never been on one before.”
Before the group was cut off by host Anthony Anderson’s mother, Matheson thanked FX and Moss-Bachrach chimed in to pay tribute to the show’s “warrior,” FX Executive Vice President, Communications John Solberg.
The Bear‘s competitors tonight in the Comedy Series category included Abbott Elementary (ABC), Barry (Max), Jury Duty (Amazon Freevee), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video), Only Murders in the Building (Hulu), Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) and Wednesday (Netflix). In the Directing Space, Storer bested such powerhouses as Bill Hader (Barry), Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Mary Lou Belli (The Ms. Pat Show), Declan Lowney (Ted Lasso) and Tim Burton (Wednesday). In addition to Hader and Jury Duty‘s Mekki Leeper, his fellow nominees in Writing included teams for Only Murders, Max’s The Other Two, and Ted Lasso.
Wins for The Bear come on the heels of four at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies, held the weekend of January 6, in the categories of Single-Camera Comedy Picture Editing, Comedy Casting, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. The show was recognized with 13 nominations in total for its first season. While at this stage, it’s competing at most award shows with its second season, its first set of episodes dating back to the summer of 2022 was still in play at the Emmys given awards calendar delays resulting from last year’s double strike.
Starring White and Edebiri, The Bear wartches as Carmy Berzatto, a young chef from the fine dining world, returns to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop. Debuting last June, the second season saw Carmy lasered in on prep for the opening of his new restaurant, The Bear, at the same time enjoying a burgeoning romantic relationship with childhood friend, Claire (Molly Gordon), one that was unfortunately put on ice by Carmy’s ill-timed comments by the final S2 episode. When Deadline caught up with White last November, the actor confirmed that the show will return to production on its third season by late February or early March 2024.
Produced by FX Productions, The Bear‘s exec producers are Storer, Joanna Calo, Hiro Murai, Josh Senior and Matheson. Tyson Bidner serves as producer.
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