‘Kingdom’ Season 1 takes global stage at the 48th International Emmy Awards

Netflix has announced on May 20 that it will be presenting the first season of its zombie-themed Korean original series Kingdom at the 48th International Emmy Awards.

The International Emmy Awards is a reputable ceremony organized by the nonprofit, membership organization International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) in recognition of the best television programs that are initially produced and aired outside the United States. Since 1973, the awards are bestowed every November at the annual International Emmy Awards Gala. The prestigious gathering attracts over 1,200 professional figures in broadcast, entertainment, and media form around the world.

Kingdom is a two-season mystery thriller set in the Joseon era and follows the crown prince Lee Chang, played by actor Ju Ji-hoon (Hyena), who is falsely accused of treason. As he goes on a mission to clear his name and learn the secret behind the mysterious condition ailing his father, he discovers that an outbreak, which turns dead people into flesh-eating monsters, is threatening their kingdom.

Through the drama’s first season, the streaming giant attempts to continue the streak that was started earlier in the year by the Oscar-acclaimed black comedy film Parasite (2019). Kingdom Season 1 falls under the “Drama Series” category and will exhibit the portrayals of its lead actors Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong (My Love From the Star), and Bae Doo-na (Matrimonial Chaos) for the chance of making the list of nominees for “Best Performance by an Actor” and “Best Performance by an Actress” awards.

Meanwhile, Kingdom has increased the media’s regard for K-contents and their creators by receiving prior acknowledgments from the New York Times. The news publication company placed the drama on its list The 10 Best International TV Shows of 2019 and has ranked it as the 20th in The 30 Best International TV Shows of the Decade.

Decisions on whether Kingdom has made it to the shortlists will be revealed during the official announcement of nominees in September. The 48th International Emmy Awards Gala is scheduled to take place on November 23 in New York City.

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