A Few Thoughts on the Emmy Nominations

Similarly, “Better Call Saul” deserves to be nominated among best dramas, but nothing for its standout lead actors? “Unbelievable” is nominated but not Merritt Wever nor Kaitlyn Dever? “Handmaid’s Tale” but not Elisabeth Moss? “The Outsider” was shut out altogether (except for the blip of Jason Bateman as outstanding guest actor; the beloved Bateman got another lead actor nomination for “Ozark”).

They nominated Paul Mescal but not Daisy Edgar-Jones for “Normal People” making you think: Oh, this was a guy’s series? 

Still, it’s nice to see Shira Haas nominated with “Unorthodox.” “Mrs. America” got a lot of nominations, but might get lost next to the similarly deserving “Watchmen,” which struck an even stronger chord with our fraught times. It got 26 nominations overall; “Mrs. America” 10. Perennial favorite “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” got 20 nominations.

Overall, Netflix dominated in a way they never had before, with 160 nominations to HBO’s 107. But it also releases more titles on an average Friday than some networks do in entire seasons.

And what of those broadcast networks, who once divvied the statues among themselves? There was one network comedy nominated (“The Good Place”) and exactly zero dramas.

The Emmys will be held, remotely I’m sure, Sept 20 on ABC with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. 

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