How Well Represented Is Massachusetts Among Emmy Nominees?

With the Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild both on strike and their corporate overlords showing no interest in settling, this year’s Emmy Awards might be thrown into Boston Harbor as part of an entertainment revolution. With no writers to pen the pithy awards show patter and no actresses or actors to walk the red carpet, the Emmys might answer the question “Suppose they had an awards show and nobody came.” If the studio heads get their way, the Emmys and Oscars soon might be giving out awards saying, “And the winner is . . . ChatGPT.” That would certainly raise eyebrows across Massachusetts sports betting.

But that hasn’t stopped the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from announcing this year’s Emmy nominees and crossing their fingers that maybe this can all get settled by Sept. 18, when the show is expected to air.

The big winners in terms of recognition were a trio from HBO: “Succession” (27 nominations). “The Last of Us” (24) and “The White Lotus” (23). Three “Star Wars” series on Disney+ combined to add 22 nominations.

If you want the full list, read Entertainment Weekly or Variety. Here at, we’re interested in where the acting nominees came from and unsurprisingly our tally had California leading the way with 16, followed by New York with 9. But Massachusetts tied for third with six acting nominations and they can’t even thank Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or a Wahlberg. utilized to gather every American actor or actors that was nominated for a 2023 Emmy. For this research, only Emmy categories that have actors or actresses for the nominations were included. We used the birthplace (or hometown if moved recently after birth) and developed the states who produced the most 2023 Emmy nominees. 

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States With Most Emmy Nominees

RankLocationNumber of Nominees% of US Nominees
2New York913.6%
T3 Illinois69.1%
T5 Pennsylvania34.5%
T5 Michigan34.5%
T5 Maryland34.5%
T5New Jersey34.5%

Can Kendall Roy Take It Home?

Massachusetts natives who may walk home with statues should the big night ever take place include:

Jeremy Strong (“Succession”): As the self-proclaimed leader of the Roys next generation, Strong was great at playing a character overwhelmed by insecurity and ego – not quite as smart or devious as he wants to believe he is. This is Strong’s third nomination as Kendall Roy. He won in 2020. Hard to see how he can win again going up against both Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox from the same show.

Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”): Coolidge returned for the second season of “White Lotus,” and a second Emmy nomination, after picking up an Emmy win for her role as the wealthy, wifty, depressed, desperate-for-love, Tanya. She will probably not be back for the third season, but who knows? Five “White Lotus" women are in the Supporting Actress category. 

Meghann Fahy (“The White Lotus”): Fahy, who hails from Longmeadow, played Daphne, the seemingly simple wife of a too-rich bro tycoon, who has a lot going on beneath the surface and understands the cutthroat world of bedroom politics far better than most. Don’t take her happiness lightly. This is her first Emmy nomination. Her chances are as good as any of the “White Lotus” nominees. Maybe better.

Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”): As the chipper but menacing NoHo Hank, Carrigan headed up the Chechen mob in “Barry,” and first looked to employ the hit man to kill the man his wife was cheating with. When looking to employ Barry, however, things rarely go according to plan. This is Carrigan’s third nomination for the role. Carrigan is up against Moss-Bachrach (below). It’s a tough category.

Ayo Edebiri (“The Bear”): One of the breakout stars from the popular FX show, she plays Sydney, a classically trained chef who wants to be a mature voice of calm and reason in the chaotic kitchen, where she hopes to learn from Chef Carmen, but her ability to take control doesn’t work as often as she would like. This is her first nomination. She has a chance because the show is beloved by people who vote for Emmys, but it’s tough to go against two nominees each from “Abbott Elementary” and “Ted Lasso” unless they split the vote.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“The Bear”): Hailing from Amherst and graduating from Columbia, Moss-Bachrach is sensational portraying the pent-up anger and frustration of Carmen’s no-talent “cousin” Richie, who’s destroyed most of his important personal relationships and is desperate for a lifeline that he doesn’t know how to reach for.

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Howard Gensler
Howard Gensler
Journalist / Reporter

Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Massachusetts sports betting market for Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of

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