Costars Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Matty Matheson kissed on stage as 'The Bear' won best comedy series
The Bear is the big winner!
The FX series won outstanding comedy series at Monday’s 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The other nominees were Abbott Elementary, Barry, Jury Duty, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso and Wednesday.
On stage, costars Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Matty Matheson embraced in a comical kiss as the cast assembled to accept the honor.
Matheson, 41, then said, "I just love restaurants so much. The good, the bad. It's rough. We're all broken inside and every single day we gotta show up and cook and make people feel good by eating something and sitting at a table. It's really beautiful."
"And all of us here get to make a show together, and we get to make people feel good — or filled with anxiety, or triggered .... But this is really amazing. It's beautiful," he added.
The Bear has been an awards season front-runner this year. The acclaimed series focuses on fine dining chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) making his return to his Chicago hometown to transform a local sandwich shop after the unexpected death of his brother, played by Jon Bernthal.
White, 32, and his costar Ayo Edebiri trained with professional chefs before filming the FX series.
“Before we did the pilot, I went to the Institute of Culinary Education in Pasadena,” he told W. “That’s where I got to know Ayo — we were getting to know one another while cooking, which was nice, since so much of the way Sydney and Carmy communicate [with] one another is through cooking.”
White, Edebiri and Moss-Bachrach each won acting prizes Monday for their work in season 1, plus the show won for comedy writing and directing.
The Bear will return for a third season later this year. While season 3 doesn’t have a release date just yet, White has started prepping.
“I do know in January I’m going to spend a fair amount of time getting together with some chefs,” White told Vanity Fair in December. “And I know that I’m going to start putting together [The Bear’s] menu with different chefs and cooking and just trying to get prepared to do more of that stuff on camera.”
As for the other nominees, ABC’s Abbott Elementary follows a group of Philadelphia teachers, mockumentary style, as they navigate the challenges of teaching at an inner-city public school. Star and creator Quinta Brunson based the sitcom on her mom’s experience as a kindergarten teacher.
“My mom is the person that you make television or movies for,” Brunson, 34, told The New York Times. “She’s the person that watches TV and laughs and watches a movie and goes gasp! The stuff you write where it’s like, ‘Oh man, this is gonna get them’ — my mom’s the person that gets got. So she’s not interested in giving her opinion or consulting. She couldn't care less.
Abbott Elementary — which returns for a third season on Feb. 7 — received a total of eight 2023 Emmy nominations, including one for Brunson, another for guest star Taraji P. Henson, as well as recognition for supporting stars Janelle James, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tyler James Williams.
Henson, 53, joined the series as the mom of Brunson’s character Janine Teagues because she saw herself in the show.
"I actually have an affinity for teachers," Henson told PEOPLE while promoting her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation's partnership with Kate Spade New York in April. "I was a substitute teacher before my career took off. So I really have a fondness for that show."
HBO's dark comedy Barry tracked the titular hitman (Bill Hader) after he enrolled in a comedy class taught by a washed-up acting teacher (Henry Winkler). The show wrapped its fourth and finale season in May with Winkler’s Gene Cousineau killing off Hader’s Barry.
After the 78-year-old Emmy winner's character nearly died in the season 3 finale, even he didn’t know how things would turn out as the series drew to a close.
“I’m a short Jew, I’m always nervous,” the Happy Days alum told Vulture. “The first question I ask Bill Hader at the beginning of every season is, 'Am I dead? Are you killing me?' He laughs and goes, 'No!' But of course there are eight episodes — any one of which can be my demise.”
Barry received a total of 11 Emmy nominations in 2023, including recognition for Hader and Winkler, as well supporting actor Anthony Carrigan.
Amazon Freevee’s Jury Duty told the story of a mock jury selection and trial — except real-life juror Ronald Gladden didn't realize the case and jury were completely fake.
“Months and months down the road after this I was still getting hit with things like, Oh wow, was that staged, was that fake, was that an actor?" Gladden told PEOPLE in April. "It took months for me to come to the realization that this actually happened and to accept it."
The rest of the jury consisted of actors, including James Marsden, who played an over-the-top caricature of himself.
“It was so fun to play against the backdrop of one of the greatest equalizing experiences we have as Americans,” Marsden, 50, said to The Hollywood Reporter. “Nobody gives a s--- who you are at jury duty — you’re just one of the rest of us.
Jury Duty received a total of four 2023 Emmy nominations, including a nod for Marsden in the supporting actor category.
The fifth and final season of Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel closed out the story of Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) and her rising comedy career after divorcing her husband and father of her two kids (Michael Zegen).
"The hardest thing was moving just a couple of weeks after we wrapped into this play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, that I was doing at BAM," Brosnahan, 33, told PEOPLE in April of life after Maisel. "I realized how much, physically, [Midge] was a part of me that I didn't realize it's hard to let go of that fast-paced dialogue."
Maisel ended with Midge achieving fame, but compromising relationships along the way, including her friendship with her manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein).
“She achieved what she wanted to achieve,” Borestein, 52, told Entertainment Weekly of her character’s conclusion. “What she said in the pilot was, ‘I don't mind being alone, I just do not wanna be insignificant.’ And she was able to do that. Not many people are. She has Midge still, in a way. Midge is still in her life and still there. In many ways, she got what exactly what she wanted.”
Hulu’s Only Murder in the Building has seen neighbors Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) investigate murders taking place in the Manhattan apartment building and reporting their findings on a podcast.
After season 2 — which is what's up for honors at this year's Emmys — closed out its original mystery, the finale teased the death of an actor played by Paul Rudd.
Rudd, 54, previously told PEOPLE how thrilled he was to star alongside one of his comedy icons because, "when I think back on people who probably had more of an impact on my life and my wanting to do this, or my understanding that performing or anything was even a career somebody would have, it was him."
OMITB received a total of 11 nominations at the 2023 Emmys, including nods for Short and guest star Nathan Lane. In October, the murder mystery series got picked up for a fourth season.
Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso told the inspirational story of an American college football coach (Jason Sudeikis) who becames a professional soccer coach in England despite knowing nothing about the sport. Season 3 saw Coach Lasso decide to return to the U.S. after leading AFC Richmond to success.
Season 3 felt a lot like a series finale for Ted Lasso, but Apple TV+ hasn’t commented either way.
“I only did the Boy Scouts for a little bit, but I always loved that notion of: leave the campsite better than you found it,” Sudeikis, 48, told The Guardian of Ted Lasso’s future. “So if Ted Lasso is the American Mary Poppins, he wants to leave the Banks kids, and probably most importantly Mr. Banks, with the appreciation of flying a kite. And what I would wish for anyone involved with the show is: don’t cry that it’s over, but smile that it happened.”
Even some of the show’s stars don’t know about Ted Lasso’s future.
Waddingham, 49, added that she and costar Brett Goldstein and I “were both already in mourning” while shooting season 3.
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