Emmy Nominations Reaction

Last Thursday the Emmy nominations were announced. I don't follow the Emmys as closely as the Oscars and Golden Globes, but it's always interesting to see the field. Below are some thoughts on this year's field.

Best Drama:
This year there are seven nominees and a lot of worthy options. It's worth celebrating that "The Americans" is finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves. "Mr. Robot" is a show that breaks barriers and has changed the genre, so it's nice to see it getting recognized. On the filp side, how is "Homeland" in this group? But no show had a better season than "Game of Thrones," which should win the Emmy for Best Drama.

Best Comedy:
Could HBO sweep the top categories? It's possible. "Silicon Valley" continues to improve, delivering a strong third season, while "VEEP" went off book for season five with some incredible results.

Best Limited:
This is, perhaps, the toughest category of all. It's hard to believe "Fargo's" second season, which feels like it was forever ago, is just now being recognized this year by the Emmys. It should be a lock to win, but so much has happened since then.  "The People vs. OJ Simpson" was this winter's best series, and "Roots" was an iconic re-make.

It's nice to see Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell recognized for their superb work on "The Americans." Likewise it's great to see Tatiana Maslany breaking through for her work on "Orphan Black." While the show has slipped a bit, her work as a half dozen different characters is astonishing.

There were a lot of familiar faces in the acting competitions, so it will be interesting to see if new blood gets the call. A lot of shows have gotten multiple nominees, too. "The People vs. OJ Simpson" saw many in the cast nominated, including the incredible Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. "Game of Thrones," too, is breaking into the acting categories in a big way. Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and past winner Peter Dinkledge were all nominated. It will be interesting to see if "Game of Thrones" dominates the evening, as it could and probably should.

The Emmys telecast is in September.


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