The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner. That means it's time to celebrate and pay tribute to the vast, ever-expanding list of quality TV series being released every year. As an example, just last year, we had an amazing roster that I'm ashamed to say, kept me glued to my couch with a bucket of ice cream right beside me. So what better way to start things off than to take a look at the ballots for possibly nominated shows?
Keep in mind, this list is about the shows I'm sure will receive a nomination, not that will win... because we're just not there yet. So, let's get into the 10 films that are shoo-ins for an Emmy nomination:
1. OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
When Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released in April 2015, it became an incredibly unexpected hit, which quickly locked down a second season.
Kimmy's second adventure on television was met with critical acclaim by audiences, holding a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This type of embrace from all over the world is sure to cement the series as part of pop culture and guarantees at least a nomination for the Emmys.
2. OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: HANNIBAL
Hannibal Lecter was a movie villain that haunted our nightmares, thanks to Anthony Hopkins' performance in Silence of the Lambs. Now, with this interpretation of the infamous cannibal, we get to know more about the psychology behind this twisted man. How is he able to form a relationship with someone despite his depraved tastes?
Hannibal manages to tackle those questions in an incredibly engaging manner. Since the beginning, the show received critical acclaim and now that it's cancelled, fans have been clamoring for a revival just so they can see more of Hannibal, who has become one of the most beloved onscreen characters of recent years. Does anything else need to be said?
3. OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: BATES MOTEL
In case it wasn't clear from my previous post, https://creators.co/@FrancoGucci/3967090 I am a HUGE fan of Bates Motel. Now that I've caught up on Season Four, I'm reminded why millions of people and myself love this show. First of all, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore are the perfect on-screen mother & son duo. Their eerie chemistry is what carries an already incredibly intriguing series.
What's even more impressive is that, even after four seasons, the show feels as fresh as ever. Its engaging family dynamics make you dread the inevitable moment when Norman finally embraces his "mother" side, and that's not an easy thing to do.
4. OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES
Marvel's Jessica Jones accomplished an incredibly difficult task: Bring a largely unknown character into the minds of general audiences. This story of a former superhero turned private investigator struggling to overcome the trauma of being rape and torture and be a better version of herself has always been a fascinating one.
The problem is that a lot of people never bothered paying attention to it because it was just a comic book. Well, this Netflix/Marvel show manages to take the best parts of that story and combine them into an intriguing, dramatic and engaging arc, that surpasses by miles what was depicted in the comic book. Being such a hit with fans and critics is sure to earn this gem a nomination.
5. OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: THE FLASH
The Flash hit the ground running (Hehehe pun) with its first season. It proved to skeptical audiences that a show about the fastest man alive could be just as enjoyable or even more so than its predecessor, Arrow.
Let's be honest, The Flash doesn't deal with arcs as heavy as other series on this list. The thing is, it takes you along for a fun superhero adventure and manages to pull on your heartstrings when it needs to. What does that mean for me? A guaranteed nomination.
6. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
Despite O.J. Simpson's infamous case being surrounded by inconsistencies, and dividing people on whether the former football player did or didn't commit the murders, it has become a part of pop culture. It has also been a hot topic of discussion around the world for many years, spawning several news reports and documentaries. Therefore, having some form of media adaptation was inevitable.
However, what separates this series from the "cash-grab" pile, is its quality, amazing storytelling and fidelity to the real-life case (they got old pictures of Kim Kardashian's childhood bedroom to recreate it on the show). The short series deals with both sides of the story, presenting its arc not only from O.J.'s point of view, but also from the people surrounding this tragedy. It is as compelling as it is exciting... Nomination? I think so.
7. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: THE NIGHT MANAGER
The reason this show is on this list is because I'm aware of the critical acclaim it has received, and going by the cast, which includes two of my favorite actors (Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie), I completely believe the hype.
This is an intelligent and compelling series, that not only deserves but - because of the media and critical exposure it's been getting - will receive an Emmy nomination.
8. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL
To be honest, I find American Horror Story really disturbing. There's just something about its atmosphere and tone that makes me feel uncomfortable through the 40+ minutes of every episode... And that is exactly what I want from a horror TV show.
No one can deny the effort that goes behind it. This is just the right fit for an Emmy nomination, considering its heavy themes and how everyone working on it manages to capture the perfect creepiness for its atmosphere. Plus, let's not forget its previous 13 Emmy wins.
9. OUTSTANDING STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM: MYTHBUSTERS
I have to admit, I'm a bit of a science enthusiast (and by "a bit" I mean I desperately look for anything science related), so this show is perfect for me. I love their procedures, personalities and overall fun atmosphere... and so do a lot of other people around the globe.
While the show has been officially cancelled, its quality, themes and critical praise, adding to the fact that this is its last season, will guarantee an Emmy nomination.
Hundreds and hundreds of TV shows are released every year. There are so many great ones out there that it's really difficult to pick a small number of them and say "these are the ones getting rewarded for their quality". However, I chose these shows based both on how they engage me as an audience member and how they are received by the general public. Meaning that, the more critical acclaim a show receives, the better chances it has at being nominated and even winning.
But what do you think?