Wednesday, July 21, 2021

73rd PRIMETIME EMMYS NOMINATIONS ANALYSES (Aka, sorry this took so long, I've been busy. I promise I'll get predictions out before the show.)

These most unusual Emmys snuck up on me. I was aware, but to be honest, I haven't spent this pandemic watching nearly as much television as everyone else has, so I have to catch up on, and apparently the top of that list, is finally caving in, and as soon as I can afford to, get an AppleTV subscription. Yeah, I've been putting that one off, but even the shows I like and usually would watch regularly and immediately, I've been putting off. I don't know exactly why, perhaps I've just not been in the mood, perhaps, the overwhelming amount of movies I still have to get to are in the way... (I swear, Top Ten Lists for 2019 are coming!) or maybe I just haven't felt television lately. Even the stuff I have been watching, most of it, it, well, just to be blunt, it's not that I've hated that much, but I'll say that I haven't been as impressed with it over time recently. 

Part of that, might be the pandemic and we're just in a slide turn until some really great stuff comes back, but also I think there's just too much television in general. I mean, even with COVID skewering the options, which is definitely reflective in this list, it feels like no matter what I try to get into, I will inevitably be missing out too much on something else, so why even bother trying? 


Perhaps that's just the cynic in me. It doesn't help that, since the Emmys went to this more open-to-the-entire Academy public ballot in the main categories, I have just hated the Emmys. Sometimes I like their choices, but frankly, I'm just sick of the seeing the popular shows just getting in every single year, whether their shows I like or not, it feels like, there's a lack of nominations for quality of performance and more nominations for whatever show tickles the taints of the most viewers. This COVID Emmys actually does make the selections a little more curious, 'cause there is a lot that's not out there this year. That's why we're suddenly ending up with sweeps for like, the last season of "Game of Thrones" that everybody apparently hates and I haven't gotten to yet, 'cause "GOT" was always a 2nd tier show in my mind, or "Schitt's Creek" suddenly being recognized and sweeping everything in it's final seasons, despite not getting noticed for the first however many years of it's existence. I find it just annoying. Please bring back screenings and panels; you can still keep the entire Academy's votes, I'm not saying eliminate that vote, but you know, at least, hypothetically, they see everything, and perhaps that should mean their opinions should hold more weight?!

Maybe that's just me. but like I said, that does mean that this is different. 
No "Succession", no "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", no "Barry", no several other series that had normally been ever-present. 

More interesting collection of nominees, some more questionable then others, and just like the Oscars earlier in the year, it's what got through the finish line that gets to compete, so, let's see who made it through, in this strangest of Emmy years yet. 



Cobra Kai-Netflix
Emily in Paris-Netflix
The Flight Attendant-HBO Max
Hacks-HBO Max
The Kominsky Method-Netflix
Ted Lasso-AppleTV+

Christ, now I actually gotta watch "Cobra Kai". And "Ted Lasso", although I'm fairly prepared for that. And, I honestly never heard of "Hacks", what's this show? (IMDB search) Oh, actually this sounds pretty good. Jean Smart as a Vegas comic legend; okay, I guess if I can't get "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" this'll do. "Cobra Kai" on the other, this is one of those shows I was talking about. It's been on for years, suddenly it gets into this category because it's popular. It only got this and three minor categories, which is somehow more then "Emily in Paris" which only got two other obscure nominations...- I'm starting to wonder why they even have eight this year. (I know why they have eight, don't @me) Anyway, here's the thing, am I the only one who just never gave a shit about "The Karate Kid"? Like, I'm already sick of all these "Star Wars" and "Marvel" and other franchise spinoffs clogging up my viewing, (Oh, we'll get to them in the drama categories) but, "The Karate Kid" even getting a sitcom parody spinoff, this long afterwards...? I mean, maybe it's good; I've heard good things. I probably will like it better then "Emily in Paris", which I guess I now have to finish. I think most years, that doesn't break the Top 20 in this category, 'cause that show is just a little too hard to force my way through. I got like halfway and it felt like all of Michael Patrick King's worst instincts were coming back. (Actually, I tend to think Americans in other countries sitcoms are kind of a bad idea in general; it feels like it's just fodder to make fun of other countries. Anybody remember that horrible "Outsourced" series? Yeah, that was the show when I first recognized who Michael Loftus was, so there's the kind of people who think this kind of fish-out-of-water tales are gold, so even splattered with "Sex and the City" sheen, I'm not sure this is a good idea.) Still though, not a terrible list overall here. I have to see the second season of "Pen15"; it's cringy but I'm glad it's on here, and I liked everything else here. "The Flight Attendant" actually seemed like one of those rare series with a one-year plot idea that actually had a decent setup and idea for later seasons, so I'm looking forward to that. "The Kominsky Method"'s good. "black-ish", I probably should watch more then I do, but it's good. I would've liked to have seen "Mr. Mayor" get something, but I guess they got tired of Ted Danson and Tina Fey. "Ted Lasso" leads in nominations with 20, with "Hacks" at a surprising 15, as the second choice early on, but "Lasso" is the early favorite. 

Anthony Anderson-"black-ish"-ABC
Michael Douglas-"The Kominsky Method"-Netflix
William H. Macy-"Shameless"-SHOWTIME
Jason Sudeikis-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Kenan Thompson-"Kenan"-NBC

Only five this year in the Lead Comedy Series categories. That's disappointing. So, hey, remember when it was weird when Sterling K. Brown got nominated as a regular on a couple series at the same time recently and how weird that was? Well, that's not weird anymore, that's just the norm. Kenan Thompson is up for both this category for his sitcom, and as a Supporting Actor for "Saturday Night Live" and he's far from the only one. I'm guessing they narrowed the list down to five due to the lack of comedy series, which is a bummer. I would've thought Ted Danson would've gotten in here, but no love for "Mr. Mayor". Oh well, it's a good show. We do get Anderson, Douglas and probably most shocking Macy, coming back into the category, with Sudeikis being the heavy early favorite. I could see Anderson or Douglas potentially playing spoilers though.

Aidy Bryant-"Shrill"-Hulu
Kaley Cuoco-"The Flight Attendant"-HBO Max
Tracee Ellis Ross-"black-ish"-ABC
Allison Janney-"Mom"
Jean Smart-"Hacks"-HBO Max

The 2nd of the SNL crew to get into Comedy Series Lead and Supporting categories, Aidy Bryant snuck in for her now-canceled Hulu series, "Shrill". See, if this was a normal year, I'd kinda be upset at this nomination, 'cause I've liked the few episodes I've seen of "Shrill", but like, now you're nominating it?! This is why I don't like the popular vote, in this age of streaming, people are randomly catching series much later then they should; I prefer it when the Academy is on top of it's game early on. Like, why did they only notice "Fleabag" in season two?! WTF?! Also, finally getting noticed is Kaley Cuoco, it's her first ever nomination believe it or not, and I like "The Flight Attendant" quite a bit so I'm happy with this one. (Would've liked to have seen a Character Voice-Over nom for "Harley Quinn" too, but can't get everything.) They join Ross, surprisingly Allison Janney who's coming back in after missing a few seasons for "Mom"'s finale season, which...- eh, I kinda tuned out after Anna Faris left the series, so... (Shrugs) and Jean Smart. "Hacks" got 15 nominations total, second best among comedy series, only behind Ted Lasso, and the Academy loves Jean Smart. It's easier to recall TV projects she wasn't nominated for and this new series over-performed. Interesting category, I think Bryant's the only one I can't really see a path to winning, but she's got another opportunity anyway.

Carl Clemons-Hopkins-"Hacks"-HBO Max
Brett Goldstein-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Brendan Hunt-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Nick Mohammad-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Paul Reiser-"The Kominsky Method"-Netflix
Jeremy Swift-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Kenan Thompson-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Bowen Yang-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC

Is this a record for the category, four nominations for "Ted Lasso"? (Google search) It's a tie, for the record. "Modern Family" had four nominees in the category back in 2012, with Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the winner that year, Eric Stonestreet. That would at first glance indicate that one of the "Ted Lasso" actors is the favorite, but 2012 had only six nominees, this year, there's eight. Not as much possibility of vote splitting, but it's possible. We know they want to give it to Kenan Thompson at some point, although I think the biggest spoiler chance could be his castmate Bowen Yang, who really had a good breakout few years on the show. Also, it's a nice surprise to see Paul Reiser's name pop up again. I didn't see the "Mad About You" reboot; I might get to it later, although I didn't hear too much good about it, but he's genuinely been underrated and devoted a lot of his career to TV; it'd be nice to finally see him win one. The original "Mad About You" btw, is the one of the most underrated sitcoms of all-time. 

Aidy Bryant-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Hannah Einbinder-"Hacks"-HBO Max
Kate McKinnon-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Rosie Perez-"The Flight Attendant"-HBO Max
Cecily Strong-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Juno Temple-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+
Hannah Waddington-"Ted Lasso"-AppleTV+

Okay, counting the Guest Acting nominations, "Saturday Night Live" has 11 ACTING NOMINATIONS this year. Now that's amazingly not a record, "The West Wing" had 12 acting nominees in 2002, although although I'm fairly certain this is a record for a comedy series, I'm trying to get that verified, but can I ask a question now? Can we stop with idiots that say "SNL" is bad, or isn't as good as it was, or should be canceled, or any other "Saturday Night Dead" BS anymore. I've heard so many people bitch and moan about how "SNL" isn't any good anymore over the years, just as much now as ever and if it is, then why the fuck do they keep getting these nominations? And don't tell me it's just that they're live and comedy's hard, they can nominate other shows. Yes, I do find it annoying that since they got rid of the Individual Variety Performer category that all the "SNL" people hog the Supporting and Guest nominees in Comedy Series, but like, yeah, I'm sorry, "SNL" is funny as hell. I've lived through 30+ seasons of the show and gone back to watch the rest over time; I've been through the show and its history with a fine tooth comb. By my calculations there's one genuine bad year, 1984, a year after Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo left and before Phil Hartman came on, that you can say, that the show just sucked. Even that was Dennis Miller, Nora Dunn and  Jon Lovitz's debut seasons, but it was the season where they tried to focus their show around established star actors, Randy Quaid, Joan Cusack, Robert Downey, Jr., and Anthony Michael Hall, among others and most of that cast lasted the one forgettable year and then thankfully left. There are good years and bad years, but most of those bad years are transition years where the next good group of talent is beginning to come in and will become great later, so like even lukewarm years like say 1995, are not great, but they're on their way to becoming great. So, yeah, I'm sick of hearing this, just accept that "SNL" is comedy and comedy changes over time, and with the generations, so you probably liked whatever favorite casts and seasons you grew up with, but the younger ones like these new ones and it's good, but different. I mean, "SNL" got three nominations in this category, and arguably missed one as I'd argue that Chloe Fineman probably got snubbed.

(Sigh of relief) 

Oh, I almost forgot, who else is nominated in this category? Oh Rosie Perez, glad to see her. Overall, tough category, but I think the category is leaning towards Hannah Einbinder for now, as the "SNL" and "Ted Lasso" votes will probably get split. 

B Positive-"Pilot"-James Burrows-CBS
The Flight Attendant-"In Case of Emergency"-Susanna Fogel-HBO Max
Hacks-"There is No Line (Pilot)"-Lucia Aniello-HBO Max
Mom-"Scooby-Doo Checks And Salisbury Steak"-James Widdoes-CBS
Ted Lasso-"Biscuits"-Zach Braff-AppleTV+
Ted Lasso-"The Hope That Kills You"-MJ Delaney-AppleTV+
Ted Lasso-"Make Rebecca Great Again"-Declan Lowney-AppleTV+

No, I have no idea what the hell "B Positive" is. I would've presumed it was the automatic multicam nomination in the category, and since it's James Burrows he gets in, but somehow a somewhat random episode of "Mom" got in here as well.... I'm not sure how or why that happened. It wasn't even the finale episode... I'll have to check that out. Also, nice to see Zach Braff get nominated again; he was only nominated once in '05 for "Scrubs". The three nominees for "Ted Lasso" definitely makes them the favorite for Series, although I could see either "Hacks" or "The Flight Attendant" taking this one. 

The Flight Attendant-"In Case of Emergency"-Steve Yockey-HBO Max
Girls5eva-""Pilot"-Meredith Scardino-Peacock
Hacks-"There Is No Line (Pilot)"-Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky-HBO Max
Pen15-"Play"-Maya Erskine-Hulu
Ted Lasso-"Make Rebecca Great Again"-Teleplay: Jason Sudeikis; Story by Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly-AppleTV+
Ted Lasso-"Pilot"-Teleplay & Story by Jason Sudeikis and Marc Lawrence; Story by Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly-AppleTV+

"Girls5eva" introduces Peacock to the Emmys. The streaming service got it's first two nominations, with this series, which was reportedly to have a late-comer possibility for a Series nomination, into that weird rare comedy series with the one out-of-nowhere Writing nomination, category. "Pen15" got that last year and now it got into Series. Other shows like "Catastrophe" haven't been so lucky though... Anyway, another battle between the three presumed favorites. "Ted Lasso" gets two in Writing and three in Directing, no other comedy gets more then one.... Their could be a spoiler here, but I suspect the Series battle is "Ted Lasso"'s to lose right now.

Alec Baldwin-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Dave Chappelle-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Morgan Freeman-"The Kominsky Method"-Netflix
Daniel Kaluuya-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC
Dan Levy-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC

Four from "SNL", including two recent past winners for the show, and Morgan Freeman playing himself. Are we sure we can't figure out a way to bring back the Individual Variety Performer category? 
Also, how did Jim Carrey get snubbed for "SNL" here? 

Jane Adams-"Hacks"-HBO
Yvette Nicole Brown-"A Black Lady Sketch Show"-HBO
Bernadette Peters-"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"-NBC
Issa Rae-"A Black Lady Sketch Show"-HBO
Maya Rudolph-"Saturday Night Live"-HBO
Kristin Wiig-"Saturday Night Live"-NBC

Well, at least the sketch nominees weren't just from "SNL". I haven't seen the new season of "A Black Lady Sketch Show" but I am looking forward to it; when they did a "227" parody sketch last season, that basically won them over for me. Glad to see Jane Adams; I always thought she was an actress who never got the credit she deserved. I can't believe she never got nominated before; I would've sworn she was up for "Frasier" in Guest so many years ago. (She should've been nominated for "Hung") And, although I hate that it's for, I'm sorry, truly one of the worst, most unwatchable shows on TV, how in the blue Hell is this only Bernadette Peters's third Emmy nomination!? (Well, 4th if you count a daytime nomination) And they're ridiculous times apart too, she was nominate first in '78 for "The Muppet Show" and then the last one was twenty years ago, for "Ally McBeal"!? I'm just gonna pretend this if a makeup for the Emmys never recognizing "Mozart of the Jungle" for anything, ever. Why isn't there a campaign to bring that show back!?!?! Of all the sitcoms with music in the center of them for her to get nominated for, Christ... I'm sorry, but "Zoey's Infinite Playlist" is just too utterly stupid to exist; I'm standing firm on this one; I'll be happy if Bernadette finally wins though. 


The Boys-Prime Video
The Crown-Netflix
The Handmaid's Tale-Hulu
Lovecraft Country-HBO
The Mandalorian-Disney+
Pose-FX Networks
This is Us-NBC

See it's nominations like "The Boys"  which, except for a Writing nomination, really didn't get much, and I'm just sick of these damn superhero and "Star Wars" universes. I'm sick of them in the movies, I really don't particularly want them in my TV either. Honestly, I think "The Mandalorian" would be better if it just, wasn't in the "Star Wars" universe. It's a good western story, I don't really need it to be apart of something else; if anything, that just gets in the way. (I also always felt that way about "The X-Files" btw, I don't care about the "secrets" or the cigarette-smoking man, or any of the clues that we're supposed to be following or whatever.... It's not just the franchises themselves that I'd annoyed to be apart, sometimes it's just that playing to the extreme fandoms who seek out more meaning in shit then is there, just hinders good storytelling.) That said, there was one surprise in "Lovecraft Country", a real canceled first-year series getting loads of Emmy praise, eighteen total nominations! "Bridgerton" also got the popularity bounce. "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Crown" have come away as the big favorites here with curiously "The Crown" getting 24 nominations, the leader in the category, with "Handmaid's..." getting 21. Personally, I thought "The Crown" was technically very good, but still a frustrating watch, but the return of "This is Us" is a delight for me, and this was a good season despite that huuuuuuuuge what-the-fuck of an ending! The real surprise here is actually "Pose" which, eh, maybe I'll catch up on that now that it ended but from what I watched, eh, I'm sure works for the people who need it, but to me it's another Ryan Murphy show that I just don't get, but in this pandemic year, it broke into Series for the first time. It's kinda like that one year "The Americans" finally got in, kinda.... Man, Showtime gets the noteworthy attention for being overlooked but FX really has been getting shafted over the years, hasn't it?

Sterling K. Brown-"This is Us"-NBC
Jonathan Majors-"Lovecraft Country"-HBO
Josh O'Connor-"The Crown"-Netflix
Rene-Jean Page-"Bridgerton"-Netflix
Billy Porter-"Pose"-FX Networks
Matthew Rhys-"Perry Mason"-HBO

Yeah, Gold Derby's right, how does Justin Hartley never get nominated? It's so weird, although Sterling was also great, and him and Billy Porter are the only people in this category who've won and been nominated in this category for these roles before. I don't know who the clear favorite would be right now here. Matthew Rhys to my complete forgetfulness won for "The Americans". I probably have to finish that show, but I always think of Keri Russell on the show before I think of him. "Perry Mason" isn't that beloved, not getting into series and only getting a few nominations against five lead actors from the Drama Series nominees. Not necessarily a clear-cut sign, but it's leaning. Rene-Jean Page could play spoiler. Jonathan Majors is interesting, but it's rare for somebody to win an acting Emmy in any category after their show was canceled after one season, and it's especially rare in this category. The last time somebody was even nominated for a canceled one-year series in the category was Andre Braugher in 2001 for "Gideon's Crossing", and the last one to win in the category was James Earl Jones in '91 for "Gabriel's Fire" and even that one is not entirely considered a one-season series, since it did come back, briefly under the title "Pros and Cons" the next year as a midseason replacement... there was also Richard Kiley winning in '88 for "A Year in the Life" but that arguably started as a miniseries before it's one drama series season run... I guess after that, eh, Ron Liebman winning in '79 for "Kaz"..., the point I'm making is that it's rare and hasn't happened in a long time and even then, the circumstances have to be exceptional. 

Uzo Aduba-"In Treatment"-HBO
Olivia Colman-"The Crown"-Netflix
Emma Corrin-"The Crown"-Netflix
Elisabeth Moss-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Mj Rodriguez-"Pose"-FX Networks
Jurnee Smollett-"Lovecraft Country"-HBO

Mj Rodriguez is now the first trans woman to be nominated in this category and only the third trans performer nominated ever, after Laverne Cox's several nominations for Guest Actress in "Orange is the New Black" and Rain Valdez for Short-Form Actress for "Razor Tongue". Speaking of "Orange..." Uzo Aduba is back, getting in for the reboot of "In Treatment", which I definitely need to get to, 'cause I always thought the original series was severely overlooked. Two nominees for "The Crown", as both the Queen, Colman, and the Princess, Corrin, got in. It's possible that I just didn't like the season of "The Crown", because I've just grown up with so much Princess Diana stuff that frankly I just was frustrated and annoyed at seeing it stretch out. (It didn't help that, between Diana episodes were constant reminders how frickin' horrible Margaret Thatcher was, I'll get to that in the Supporting Actress category) Jurnee Smollett also got her first ever nomination, and it's about time. Hey, if you guys ever want to see the very beginnings of the Smollett family one day, search on Youtube for "On Our Own". It's like the most hammy failed TGIF show ever, and it's all the Smollett family and some young guy who had to pretend to be their Madea 'cause the family needed a guardian...- just seek it out one, it's bad, but seeing where all these Smollett kids came from and altogether in something this bizarre '90s kitsch, it really explains a lot. Anyway, when's the last time someone from a canceled one-season series was nominated in the category was Geena Davis in '05 for "Commander in Chief", and that was a terrible show btw, the last winner... um, never. Well, technically I guess Glenda Jackson winning for "Elizabeth R", but that was back when miniseries were counted as drama series in the early seventies so, when they didn't have a separate category for them. For a regular series, you'd still have to go back farther to Barbara Stanwyck winning for "The Barbara Stanwyck Show", and back then, comedy and dramas were combined in acting...- yeah, Jurnee's got a, no pun intended, tough journey, to winning here.

Giancarlo Esposito-"The Mandalorian"-Disney+
O-T Fagbenie-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
John Lithgow-"Perry Mason"-HBO
Tobias Menzies-"The Crown"-Netflix
Max Minghella-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Chris Sullivan-"This is Us"-NBC
Bradley Whitford-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Michael K. Williams-"Lovecraft Country"-HBO

Boy, it's gonna be so weird if Giancarlo Esposito wins for "The Mandalorian" instead of either "Breaking Bad" or "Better Call Saul" won't it? It's like when a great actor wins for the movie nobody remembers, like Pacino winning for "Scent of a Woman". (I guess it could be worst, he could've won for "Once Upon a Time" or Anyway, three from "The Handmaid's Tale" is a bit surprising, in fact they did really well, seven acting nominations, in the Supporting categories and ten acting nominations total. which is actually one more then "The Crown" who got more nominations in the craft categories to make up. This really is a "The Handmaid's Tale" vs. "The Crown" year, ain't it? (Shrugs) Speaking of winners in this category for "The Crown", John Lithgow is back for "Perry Mason", in a bit of a surprise nomination. It's always nice to see him back though. Lithgow and Whitford are the past winners, with returning nominees, Menzies and Chris Sullivan joining Minghella and Fagbenie, the two "Handmaid" actors getting their first nominations. Michael K. Williams might be the slight favorite though, he's never won and was always nominated for miniseries beforehand, plus he's pretty beloved now for his work on "The Wire". And yeah, he'd be the first for a regular drama series to win or, maybe even be nominated in the category if you don't count miniseries or TV movies were in the category. 

Gillian Anderson-"The Crown"-Netflix
Madeline Brewer-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Helena Bonham Carter-"The Crown"-Netflix
Ann Dowd-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Aunjanue Ellis-"Lovecraft Country"-HBO
Emerald Fennell-"The Crown"-Netflix
Samira Wiley-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu

Not much to say here; it's the three big shows, with the main two taking up all the nominations. Gillian Anderson, the heavy early favorite, although personally, I'd be leaning towards Helena Bonham Carter if I had a vote; she was the center character in my favorite episode this season. Emeradl Fennell becomes the first ever Oscar-nominee for Best Director in the category, and I think the first Oscar-winning writer, probably. I'm not looking too deep into that one, but yeah, probably. No "Ozark" this year opened up this category in particularly with Julia Garner out. Aunjune Ellis is gonna have to thread a lot of needles and split voting here. Last one-season canceled to win the category, eh, you gotta go back to "Gabriel's Fire" with Madge Sinclair's nomination and win, and again, that only kinda half-counts, before that, Barbara Barrie's nomination for "Breaking Away"; who remembers they made a TV series from that movie, I certainly didn't? After that, you're going back to Miniseries and TV movies, except for the two nominations for Martine Bartlett and Anjanette Comer for 1964's "Arrest and Trial". They were guest stars, but those counted back then, but that's an interesting show though; that was the series that "Law & Order" literally stole it's original format from. 

Bridgerton-"Diamond of the First Water"-Julie Ann Robinson-Netflix
The Crown-"Fairytale"-Benjamin Caron-Netflix
The Crown-"War"-Jessica Hobbs-Netflix
The Handmaid's Tale-"The Wilderness"-Liz Garbus-Hulu
The Mandalorian-"Chapter 9: The Marshal"-Jon Favreau-Disney+
Pose-"Series Finale"-Steven Canals-FX Networks

Nothing too unusual here. Jon Favreau's probably the biggest name here and to be honest, I do usually like the directing in "The Mandalorian"; it's arguably the best part of the show. It could win here. "Pose" gets in for it's finale, two episodes of "The Crown", eh, that could be a split vote, with immediate thought being that this is where potentially "The Handmaid's Tale" could take something, but there's some potential spoilers here.

The Boys-"What I Know"-Rebecca Sonnenshine-Prime Video
The Crown-"War"-Peter Morgan-Netflix
The Handmaid's Tale-"Home"-Yahlin Chang-Hulu
Lovecraft Country-"Sundown"-Misha Green-HBO
The Mandalorian-"Chapter 13: The Jedi"-Dave Filoni-Disney+
The Mandalorian-"Chapter 16: The Rescue"-Jon Favreau-Disney+
Pose-"Series Finale-Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock and Our Lady J-FX Networks

Two nominations for "The Mandalorian" is a bit surprising here. I gotta imagine "The Mandalorian" could win at least one of the directing or writing awards. I wonder if they'll split the vote with "The Boys" though. I can't see either of those winning series, but I can see this category being the ultimate signifier in who wins series between "The Crown", "The Handmaid's Tale" and maybe "Lovecraft Country". 

Don Cheadle-"The Falcon and The Winter Soldier"-Disney+
Charles Dance-"The Crown"-Netflix
Timothy Olyphant-"The Mandalorian"-Disney+
Courtney B. Vance-"Lovecraft Country"-HBO
Carl Weathers-"The Mandalorian"-Disney+

Man, Don Cheadle can get nominated for basically everything. Literally, even he made fun of this nomination, and I'm not talking that he's playing War Machine in another Marvel series (Seriously, I had a friend on FB comment that we should start complaining about these things because of all these nominations, but-uh, no I will not. Stop creating stuff from other franchises just because some people think they want more of them!!!!! You're ruining movies and now you're ruining television, stop it!!!!!!!!) but because he's barely in the episode. Literally, he was nominated for less then two minutes of screen time. This makes sense why he keeps getting nominated for every Showtime series he does. Don't think he's gonna win this though. Decent category at least; I don't know who the favorite is offhand here.

Alexis Bledel-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Claire Foy-"The Crown"-Netflix
McKenna Grace-"The Handmaid's Tale"-Hulu
Sophie Okonedo-"Ratched"-Netflix
Phylicia Rashad-"This Is Us"-NBC

Wow! Totally forgot that "Ratched" was a thing! Nice to see Sophie Okonedo though. Tough category, two from "The Handmaid's Tale", including previous winner in the category, Alexis Bledel. Speaking of previous winners, Claire Foy, who won for playing Queen Elizabeth in Lead Actress for "The Crown" is back for her work in the flashback episode this year. Although in my mind, speaking of not winning, Phylicia Rashad is back, and she's never won an Emmy, and I don't know how exactly that happened, but it'd be nice if that finally happened. (Also, back in Supporting Actress, how has Susan Kelechi Watson never been nominated? I know we talk mostly about Justin Hartley, but she's amazing too!!!!


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah-Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live!-ABC
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver-HBO
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert-CBS

A bit of a surprise with "Conan" getting in for his final season of his TBS show, the first time he's been nominated since that show's first season. That's a nice sendoff, and it's nice to see him getting the Letterman treatment. Shockingly that leaves off "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee", and I hate to say this, but I kinda get it. I love her, and I gotta admit, I have not been watching her, and frankly,... (Sigh) it's hard. There's a list of celebrities who got screwed over by the GOP for their canceling bullshit, long before they try to pretend like the Left's doing that to them, and Samantha Bee doesn't get talked about nearly enough for this, but my God, she got so screwed over and for no reason whatsoever. She called Ivanka a cunt, and they freaked out over it so much that she apologized and, I thought it was the wrong decision then, and in hindsight, it really looks like the wrong decision now. Do not apologize to them, especially when you're not in the wrong; that the lesson we've learned, and unfortunately she's taken it on the nose as much as anybody. I might argue she's not the one missing the most out of the category; I've thought Seth Meyers arguably deserved to be more nominated this year. It's sad, especially for the one female-lead talk show to ever show up in any version of the Variety Series category, unless you try to squint and count something like "The Judy Garland Show" or "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" as talk shows, which you really shouldn't. 

A Black Lady Sketch Show-HBO
Saturday Night Live-NBC

Ummm, is that it? Just the two? Boy COVID really ruined a lot this year didn't it? Okay, ehhhh... I like both these shows a lot. I'm starting to think the separate Sketch Series idea wasn't as good of one as everyone else thought it was. This category will be re-evaluated soon, I'm sure. Not much to say here, it's one or the other, and I can see either of them winning.

8:46 - Dave Chappelle-Netflix
Bo Burnham: Inside-Netflix
David Byrne's American Utopia-HBO
Friends: The Reunion-HBO Max
A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote-HBO Max

I reviewed "Hamilton" a while ago, and I love it, but I'll have a lot more to say about "Hamilton" in due time... Trust me, I've got some stuff to say about it, but yeah, it belongs here. Other then that, this is a little ecclectic a category then normal. We got some stand-ups, Dave Chappelle is back, so is Bo Burnham, and then we go, um, David Byrne's thing with Spike Lee; I'm gonna have to move that up on my list. Also, the "Freinds" reunion, which surprises the hell out of me honestly, 'cause it was just a Reunion special. Meanwhile, the other pseudo-reunion, the "West Wing" reunion special, was actually something different. A minimal recreation of a great episode, along with special guests imploring us to vote in the election and since we had more votes cast last election then any other, I suspect it had a greater, real, tangible impact, much moreso then the "Friends" reunion did. That said, yeah, "Hamilton"'s winning this probably.

The 83rd Annual Grammy Awards-CBS
Celebrating America-An Inauguration Night Special-Multiple Platforms 
The Oscars-ABC
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd-CBS
Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020-Showtime

I'm a little surprised that considering this year, something more akin to a livestream on Youtube didn't sneak in here or something, but an interesting list here. The Tonys being canceled this year probably opened a slot up. The rare Multiple Platforms nomination for the inauguration Night Special is a bit of a surprise. Honestly, so is The Weeknd for me, I wasn't huge on that Halftime Show, but it was fine I guess. This might be the one shot for Showtime to really pull something off here. Although, this does remind me, what exactly is Showtime's place at CBS/Viacom, now that nearly everything else under their banner is under Paramount Plus now? I've warned about Showtime's lack of relevance for awhile now, from them barely having an Emmy presence a few years ago because of "Twin Peaks" to the fact that "Star Trek: Discovery", which I thought should've been on Showtime, ended up on then, CBS-All Access, which at the time was not a major streaming service, (And arguably Paramount Plus, as it's been rebranded, is still running a distant 5th or 6th maybe, in that category), it seems very much like that while HBO, seems to keep expanding with the vertical integration move to streaming, Showtime's shrinking as vertical expanding seems to be pushing them out of the game entirely. They're not exactly turning into STARZ or EPIX and I don't wish that kind of irrelevance onto them, but they're struggling as a network right now, and there's nothing in sight that seems like that's gonna change anytime soon. Even this nomination is just Stephen Colbert moving from CBS to Showtime for a night. He's probably gonna do this special on Paramount Plus next election.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver-"Trump & Election Results/Fuck 2020"-Christopher Werner-HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers-"Episode 1085a"-Alexander J. Vietmeier-NBC
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert-"Live Show Following Capitol Insurrection; Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Performance by Jamila Woods-Jim Hoskinson-CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher-"Episode 1835"-Paul G. Casey-HBO
Saturday Night Live-"Host: Dave Chappelle"-Don Roy King-NBC

Normally this category just goes to Don Roy King partially by default for doing a live series, but this is actually a little more interesting and trickier this year. For one, there's technically two live episodes here with Stephen Colbert doing a live episode post the Insurrection. There's also two episodes post the election, including Last Week Tonight's famous finale last year, where they blew up 2020. Add all that and throw the pandemic on top of it, and there's a lot of creative directing that had to be implemented for the Variety genre this year. 

8:46 - Dave Chappelle-Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar and Dave Chappelle-Netflix
Bo Burnham Inside-Bo Burnham-Netflix
David Byrne's American Utopia-Spike Lee-HBO
Friends: The Reunion-Ben Winston-HBO Max
A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote-Thomas Schlamme-HBO Max

Normally, this is the category the award shows would pop up and be most prominent, but this year, was unusual. The stand-ups are still holding strong, but the unusual and unique are hanging in there. My guess is that for directing, it's between Spike Lee's and possibly Thomas Schlamme for "The West Wing" special, with possibly Bo Burnham coming in as a spoiler. Trickier category then normal.

The Amber Ruffin Show-Head Writer: Jenny Hagel; Writing Supervisor: Demi Adejuyigbe; Writers: Ashley Nicole Black, Amber Ruffin, et. al.-Peacock
A Black Lady Sketch Show-Head Writer: Lauren Ashley Smith; Writers: Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, et. al.-HBO 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver-Writers: Johnathan Appel, Ali Barthwell, Tim Carvell, Liz Haynes, John Oliver, et. al.-HBO
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert-Head Writers: Ariel Dumas, Jay Katsir; Writers: Stephen T. Colbert, Delonte Bent, et. al.-NBC
Saturday Night Live-Head Writers: Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Colin Jost and Kent Sublette, Writing Supervisors: Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Streeter Seidell; "Weekend Update" Head Writer: Pete Schultz: "Weekend Update" Writers: Megan Callahan-Shah, Dennis McNicholas, Josh Patten, Mark Steinbach, Dave Sirus and Mike Lawrence; Writers: Dan Bulla, Steven Castillo, Allison Gates, Lorne Michaels, et. al. -NBC

Jesus Christ, "SNL", how many subsections of Writers do you need? Alright, both sketch nominees are here, with John Oliver and Stephen Colbert rounding out, and instead of Seth Meyers, a surprising nomination for "The Amber Ruffin Show"; this is Peacock's other surprise nomination. It's a bit interesting since now that means there's four shows in the category that air, at-most, once-a-week, and now, half of them are talk shows instead of sketch shows. An obvious advantage is having more time to prepare for the series meaning, hypothetically, better quality of television on weekly series, but that's not necessarily true, but maybe that means something could overtake "Last Week Tonight..." in one of these categories? Maybe? Probably not. Nice to see some women-led talk show getting something. Man, I'm telling you, Samantha Bee, really got screwed over by the Trumps, fuck them all for what they did to her.

8:46 - Dave Chappelle-Dave Chappelle-Netflix
Bo Burnham: Inside-Bo Burnham-Netflix
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Flepper Fingers the Pulse-Into the MAGAverse-Devin Delliquanti and Zhubin Parang-Comedy Central
John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero-Mitchell Marchand-CBS
Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020-Ariel Dumas, Jay Katsir, Stephen T. Colbert, Delmonte Bent, et. al.-Showtime

Another category where the award shows would've usually shown up here. Curiously the stand-ups had been replacing them, but this year, only two, with Dave Chappelle and Bo Burnham. (I do hope, eventually, they create an Outstanding Variety-Stand Up Special award) Instead, we get two special from the late night group, Stephen Colbert being joined by Jordan Klepper's 'The Daily Show" segment special, which I always find hard-to-watch, but is probably important, as well as a special on the late great John Lewis. I guess, the Oscars kinda screwed themselves out of these directing and writing categories this year, didn't they. It's so simple, put Best Picture last, and don't presume you know who's gonna win?! Ugh!


The Amazing Race-CBS
Nailed It!-Netflix
RuPaul's Drag Race-VH1
Top Chef-Bravo
The Voice-NBC

The perennial favorite of "The Amazing Race" returns after a year hiatus due to COVID. I'm actually still a little surprised they pulled off a new season even now. Nothing else new o surprising, but I gotta ask, why the hail does "Nailed It!" keep getting in? I'm sorry, this show sucks. I don't want to watch a bunch of people who don't know how to make something, making stuff they don't know how to make. I hope the voters know this 'cause I thought "Top Chef" really nailed this COVID-laced season. If there's a year where they should win again, it should be this one. Kinda sad to see "The Masked Singer" fall out, but eh, it's starting to get tiring too. 

Antiques Roadshow-PBS
Property Brothers: Forever Home-HGTV
Queer Eye-Netflix
Running Wild With Bear Grylls-National Geographic
Shark Tank-ABC

I really don't get the big deal with Bear Grylls, if I'm being honest. Or "Property Brothers" either if I'm being fair, but I didn't even really know that Bear Grylls show was still on the air. I guess I can kinda get the idea of celebrities going on these adventures with him and I guess something has to replace Anthony Bourdain's spot here, but I don't know. Like I happened to catch a little of "Shark Week" on Discovery recently, "Shark Week"'s another thing I never fully got the appeal of, they have Tiffany Haddish going out to, I don't know, get footage of sharks, I guess, and that was, eh, okay-ish, but I don't know, celebrity adventures have a limiting appeal to them. Celebrity travelogues, good usually, celebrity adventurers eh, just, okay. The rest is as expected. 

Below Deck-Bravo
Indian Matchmaking-Netflix
RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked-VH1
Selling Sunset-Netflix

Okay, I don't know half of these shows. I know RuPaul's sideshow, that's popped up here before, I know "Below Deck" which actually does look like an interesting and compelling series. Nice to see one of Bravo's other shows that doesn't look awful also get some acclaim here. "Becoming", that's Disney+'s new "Biography"-type series, it kinds seems like "Who Do You Think You Are?" but just everybody visiting their own personal past instead of investigate their lineage, which seems like a downgrade to me but it doesn't seem awful. "Indian Matchmaking" on Netflix, that's exactly I feared it sounded like, and it looks kinda interesting. "Selling Sunset" is, also on Netflix and that's a-eh, oh real estate show. You know I do still have to go back and remember where the hell I left off on "Flipping Out" which I still think of as the best of those shows, but that was mostly because he just seems so fascinating as a person as much as anything else, plus he was an interior decorator as well, so there was a level of creative madness to him. I haven't liked many of the other ones, 'cause I just felt like they were backdoor ways of recreating "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", but I don't know, I guess I gotta give them another chance. Boy this category probably suffered more then any in hindsight of COVID which makes sense. It's kinda hard to do an unstructured reality series document your life when you can basically only just sit at home all the time.

Nicole Byer-"Nailed It!"-Netflix
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski & Jonathan Van Ness-"Queer Eye"-Netflix
Rupaul-"RuPaul's Drag Race"-VH1
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John & Kevin O'Leary-"Shark Tank"-ABC
Padma Lakshmi; Co-Hosts: Tom Colicchio & Gail Simmons-"Top Chef"

I will say that despite my not liking "Nailed It!", I will say that Nicole Byer is a good host. Once again though, this category seems to have been bombarded by just listing all the cast members of some reality shows as hosts. Although I am happy to see that Gail Simmons is now part of the hosting group for "Top Chef", but man, I wish they were a little more creative then everyone on "Shark Tank" and "Queer Eye". Especially on "Shark Tank", I think we need to consider a ruling on whether on whether or not they should be considered hosts; I mean, I guess there's nobody else who could be, but, I don't know. I feel like that nomination seems like a waste. Eh, I think it's between RuPaul, Byer, and maybe Lakshmi & Company.


I May Destroy You-HBO
Mare of Easttown-HBO
The Queen's Gambit-Netflix
The Underground Railroad-Prime Video

Well, this has been a big year in this category. So big, I actually watched some of these shows this time around. (Including, what arguably was the best of these series, "Small Axe" which really got screwed btw!!!) And will probably watch a couple of these, out of curiosity. They all look, if not good, at least, interesting, and I don't know who's gonna win here. I think "Mare of Eastown", "The Queen's Gambit" and "WandaVision" are in a tight three-way race right now for this one. Also, I have no idea why suddenly we're adding Anthology Series to this- I guess "Black Mirror" got tired of being in TV movies, I don't know. None of these are anthologies so.... (Shrugs)

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square-Netflix
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia-Lifetime
Sylvie's Love-Prime Video
Uncle Frank-Prime Video

Okay, we're starting to get into the "Are they movies or TV shows" categories- well we first got in there with "Hamilton", and to some degree "American Utopia" but now, we got "Uncle Frank" and "Sylvie's Love" which are somewhat debatable as they both popped up on critics lists as feature films. That's up against, Dolly Parton and Robin Roberts? Okay, showed up here before and Robin Roberts is just presenting a Lifetime biopic on Mahalia Jackson, but it always feels a little funny to me that Robin Roberts has become such a culturally-known name; I still look at her and go, "Boy it's so weird that the girl from "SportsCenter" is doing regular news now?" Oh, and I don't know what "Oslo" is. Um, looks interesting though. TV movies are kinda into something again, but not quite yet....

Paul Bettany-"WandaVision"-Disney+
Hugh Grant-"The Undoing"-HBO
Ewan McGregor-"Halston"-Netflix
Lin-Manuel Miranda-"Hamilton"-Disney+
Leslie Odom, Jr.-"Hamilton"-Disney+

Yeah, since there aren't performance categories for Variety, the "Hamilton" performers get placed in these categories and they got in everywhere. I'm not sure what's winning the main categories, but I betcha underestimating "Hamilton" in the acting categories might be a fool's errand. Odom won the Tony if that narrows it down a bit with probably Paul Bettany being the early favorite among the rest.

Michaela Coel-"I May Destroy You"-HBO
Cynthia Erivo-"Genius: Aretha"-National Geographic
Elizabeth Olsen-"WandaVision"-Disney+
Anya Taylor-Joy-"The Queen's Gambit"-Netflix
Kate Winslet-"Mare of Easttown"-HBO

Oh hey, an Olsen got an Emmy nomination! Well, Primetime Emmy nomination, Mary Kate has that one daytime nomination, but still, that's a bit surprising for my generation to believe. Anyway, eh, loaded category, although I suspect it's between Olsen, Taylor-Joy and Winslet, since those are the three biggest of the miniseries this year. Erivo could spoil here, although "Genius" did underperform here. 

Thomas Brodie-Sangster-"The Queen's Gambit"-Netflix
Daveed Diggs-"Hamilton"-Disney+
Paapa Essiedu-"I May Destroy You"-HBO
Jonathan Groff-"Hamilton"-Disney+
Evan Peters-"Mare of Easttown"-HBO
Anthony Ramos-"Hamilton"-Disney+

Interesting Anthony Ramos wasn't nominated for a Tony for "Hamilton", they nominated Christopher Jackson instead, who got snubbed here. I think Ramos got in partly as much for "In the Heights" as well as his recent work on the reboot of "In Treatment". Daveed Diggs won that Tony and I think he's the favorite. He's probably the one who's gotten the most acclaim so far for the Movie. I have him as the early favorite.

Renee Elise Goldsberry-"Hamilton"-Disney+
Kathryn Hahn-"WandaVision"-Disney+
Moses Ingram-"The Queen's Gambit"-Netflix
Julianne Nicholson-"Mare of Easttown"-HBO
Jean Smart-"Mare of Easttown"-HBO
Phillipa Soo-"Hamilton"-Disney+

Oooh, Kathryn Hahn's on "WandaVision"! Okay, I'm starting to lean more towards watching that one. More proof of Jean Smart getting nominated for anything as well. Little interesting with the "Hamilton" nominees cause Phillipa Soo was actually nominated for Lead Actress for the Tonys, which she actually lost to Cynthia Erivo for "The Color Purple", while Renee Elise Goldsberry won for Featured Actress which is their word for Supporting so it's a bit interesting seeing them in the same category. Emmy favorites abound, although one pleasant surprise with Moses Ingram. "The Queen's Gambit" I actually did see, and I loved it by the way, but I've always been a chess guy. We don't do enough media around chess. 

Hamilton-Thomas Kail-Disney+
I May Destroy You-"Ego Death"-Sam Miller & Michaela Coel-HBO
I May Destroy You-"Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes"-Sam Miller-HBO
Mare of Easttown-Craig Zobel-HBO
The Queen's Gambit-Scott Frank-Netflix
The Underground Railroad-Barry Jenkins-Prime Video
WandaVision-Matt Shakman-Disney+

It's always a little weird when there's these directors who directed the whole miniseries against those who just do an episode of one. And there's some big names here. Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins, Craig Zobel, Scott Frank, whoc I usually thinkof as a writer, but he did a good job, some big film people there. And Thomas Kail, I thought had a tricky job directing a theatrical performance; that's not easy taking something that's meant to be experience in a live setting and making it as impressive on film. 

I May Destroy You-Michaela Coel-HBO
Mare of Easttown-Brad Ingelsby-HBO
The Queen's Gambit-Scott Frank-Netflix
WandaVision-"All-New Halloween Spooktacular"-Chuck Hayward & Peter Cameron-Disney+
WandaVision-"Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience"-Jac Schaeffer-Disney+
WandaVision-"Previously On"-Laura Donney-Disney+

Three "WandaVision" episodes getting in here. This could be a little deceiving though, the other three nominees are series where one person wrote the entire miniseries. I suspect "WandaVision" is probably popular enough to win Series, but I don't know if it will win here. This is genuinely one of the most compelling years in all the major Limited Series/Movie, and I guess now Anthology Series categories I've ever seen. 


Big Mouth-"The New Me"-Netflix
Bob's Burgers-"Worms of In-Rear-Ment"-FOX
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal-"Plague of Madness"-Adult Swim
The Simpsons-"The Dad-Feelings Limited"-FOX
South Park: The Pandemic Special-South Park

I keep meaning to get to the newer South Park stuff. It's been confusing since they went to HBO Max for streaming, and Paramount Plus and Hulu is weird.... Anyway, I'll catch up on that. And I gotta get around to "Big Mouth" too. Nothing new or unusual here. Kinda surprising animation didn't take over more during this pandemic honestly.

Love, Death + Robots-"Ice"-Netflix
Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap-Disney+
Once Upon a Snowman-Disney+
Robot Chicken-"Endgame"-Adult Swim

I always debate whether to put this category in the Animated section or the Short-Form section. I guess I might move it next year as more of the series start going away. This used to be a more interesting category, but I like that Disney+ is popping into the category more. Not sure I wanted a "Simpson"/"Star Wars" crossover but okay. 

Stacey Abrams-"black-ish: Election Special (Part 2)"-ABC
Julie Andrews-"Bridgerton"
Tituss Burgess-"Central Park"-AppleTV+
Seth MacFarlane-"Family Guy"-FOX
Maya Rudolph-"Big Mouth"-Netflix
Stanley Tucci-"Central Park"-AppleTV+
Jessica Walter-"Archer"-FX Networks

There's the animated ones we expected, like returning nominations for Seth MacFarlane and Maya Rudolph, plus a sentimental nomination for the late Jessica Walter, it's her first nomination since the original run of "Arrested Development" and she hasn't won an Emmy since the 1975 miniseries "Amy Prentiss". (And I'm gonna miss her, especially for "Archer", which has gotten some praise from the Emmys, not necessarily enough.) Plus, there's some new ones from "Central Park", AppleTV getting into this category. But, there's a couple unusual ones. Julie Andrews for "Bridgerton", which I gotta imagine is delightful, and Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia for the "black-ish Election Special". This is a bit interesting 'cause she's herself as a character, so I guess it's not technically narration. Bit of an odd one there. 


Allen v. Farrow-HBO
American Masters-PBS
City So Real-National Geographic
Pretend It's a City-Netflix
Secrets of the Whales-Disney+

I'm surprised there's not more controversial nominees in this category like "Allen v. Farrow", this was kinda the year for them. Personally, I thought some of the NXIVM or Heaven's Gate cult docs would've gotten in, but oh well. I do want to see "Pretend It's a City" though, I hope it's not too similar to the great Scorsese documentary "Public Speaking" on Fran Lebowitz, but you know, I'm definitely not against more docs on her. 

The Bee Gess: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart-HBO
Boys State-AppleTV+
Framing Britney Spears (The New York Times Presents)-FX Networks
The Social Dilemma-Netflix

I've seen the Bee Gees documentary, that was good. I'm meaning to get to the rest, especially the Britney Spears one. "Boys State" was a big contender for the Oscar, but didn't get in, so was "The Social Dilemma" as well. Documentaries were so big during this pandemic. 

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman-Netflix
Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special-CBS
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy-CNN
Untied Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell-CNN

Letterman and W. Kamau Bell and "Vice" return along with Stanley Tucci coming in, probably in the old Bourdain slot, and Oprah is here too now. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, has she ever won a Primetime Emmy? (IMDB search) Um, yes, she won, well she won a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, but she also won as a producer for "Tuesdays with Morrie" before. So, not entirely new, but definitely the most interesting of the nominees here. You don't usually see these major interview special getting nominations, not anymore. Once upon a time, back when the Primetime Emmys had categories for the News Magazines, you might've seen some of them, but most of the times, they're now separated into the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which I think are part of NATAS right now? Yeah, they're apart of NATAS. NATAS are the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which run, the Daytime and all the other Emmy awards while the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences runs the Primetime Emmys. It's a long story why they're separate, it goes back to the '70s, but yeah, that's why you don't see Oprah or Ellen or Judge Judy ever show up at these things. 

76 Days-Pluto
Dick Johnson is Dead-Netflix
Welcome to Chechnya-HBO

I always forget the exact reasoning why these are separate from the other documentary categories, although basically these are the ones that are essentially theatrical films instead of television, but it was technically television as well. I always hate these awards. All three of these showed up in critics polls and made the Oscars documentary shortlist, and "Welcome to Chechnya" was on the Oscars Visual Effects shortlist. It's a weird, separate juried award, but it shows up here. And I've seen "Dick Johnson is Dead" and Welcome to Chechnya, they're great documentaries and apparently "76 Days" gives Pluto their ever nomination! Alright, for Pluto. Didn't even know they had original programming, good for them. 

David Attenborough-"A Perfect Planet"-discovery+
David Attenborough-"The Year Earth Changed"-AppleTV+
Sterling K. Brown-"Lincoln: Divided We Stand"-CNN
Anthony Hopkins-"Mythic Quest"-AppleTV
Sigourney Weaver-"The Year Earth Change"-Disney+

I was thinking of putting this in the Miscellaneous category, but really, this is for the Nonfiction and Documentary programs. Although, this is weirdly where "Mythic Quest" pops up with Anthony Hopkins getting a nominations for the series, one of two that the series got, the other being in Editing, which is one more then all the other nominees in the category. I'm not sure why that keeps happening; I guess narrators aren't as beloved in documentaries anymore. Anyway, nice to know the Academy discovered "Mythic Quest", now if only they could find out about "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"....

Allen v. Farrow-"Episode 3"-Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering-HBO
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart-Frank Marshall-HBO
Boys State-Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss-AppleTV+
Dick Johnson is Dead-Kirsten Johnson-Netflix
The Social Dilemma-Jeff Orlowski-Netflix
Tina-Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin-HBO

Not much to observe here. Good mix of theatrical releases that qualify for the Emmys, and Television-specific documentaries. I'm happy to see Kirsten Johnson pop up here, that's probably the most interestingly directed of the bunch, if nothing else. Not much else to say other then, I guess Episode 3 of that Woody Allen doc is the big one.

All In: The Fight for Democracy-Jack Youngelson-Prime Video
Allen v. Farrow-"Episode 3"-Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, Mikaela Shwer and Parker Laramie
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart-Mark Monroe-HBO
The Social Dilemma-Vickie Curtis, Davis Coombe and Jeff Orlowski-Netflix
Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre-Maja Harris, Marco Williams-HISTORY

Nice to see "All In..." get something; I would've thought that would've popped up more. Also, it's kinda funny that something on the Tulsa Massacre would suddenly pop up after everybody finally got interested in that piece of history after "Watchmen". That's the only program from HISTORY that got an Emmy nomination of any kind btw. 


Carpool Karaoke: The Series-AppleTV
Late Night with Seth Meyers: CORRECTIONS-YouTube
The Randy Rainbow Show-YouTube
Reno 911!-Quibi
Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News-Paramount+

Unbelievably, we're not technically through with Quibi yet. And honestly, it really didn't have bad programming; I watched a couple of them when they moved everything to Roku, and I honestly enjoyed some of them. It was a stupid format, but it had good shows and "Reno 911!" was always good to begin with. Nothing else too unusual here, "Carpool Karaoke" is still a thing, for some reason, so that'll probably win again. (Oh, yeah, James Corden was also snubbed from the Late Night categories this year, but I was okay with that and didn't think anybody would notice. Not sure how "Tooning Out the News" qualifies more in this category and not for the Animation category, but fine. I haven't kept with this season as much, but that is a good show. I'm not entirely sure I get Randy Rainbow yet, but I guess he's still popular enough too. Also, did anybody else know that Seth Meyers's Youtube segment "CORRECTIONS" was a side-program that was eligible for this? I guess I'm not surprised, but you know, who knew that was something they would even submit? 

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: Pandemic Video Diaries: Vaxxed and Waxxed-TBS
Inside Pixar-Disney+
Pose: Identity, Family, Community-FX Networks
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen-Bravo
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man-Youtube

Well, at least Samantha Bee didn't get completely shutout here. The only one of these I've seen is "Last Chance Kitchen" which, isn't a perennial nominee exactly, but it's perennial enough. Just based on its title "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" is probably pretty damn interesting. I don't know what "Inside Pixar" although I doubt it's anything that intends for the easy John Lassetter jokes I could make there..., but I'm sure it's pretty good.

Kevin Hart-"Die Hart"-Quibi
Jon Lutz-"Mapleworth Murders"-Quibi
Brendan Scannell-"Bonding"-Netflix
J.B. Smoove-"The Mapleworth Murders"-Quibi
John Travolta-"Die Hart"-Quibi

Boy, wouldn't this just be so weird if this is what finally wins John Travolta an Emmy, a performance on a Kevin Hart-based Quibi series? What a strange career path John Travolta's had, hasn't he? I'll try to catch up on the Quibi stuff, but I will say that, I actually watch "Bonding" the first season it was on, and basically, kinda just forgot it existed afterwards; in fact I thought it was canceled and frankly, I understood why. I didn't even really realize that it was a short-form; I kinda was half-expecting something more akin to "Secret Diary of a Call Girl", at least the first two seasons of that, before it fell off a cliff hard, but I guess it's not the worst thing, and this second season looks a lot better so far. I'm gonna try to finish that quickly also, but yeah, the actors are good in it, and he probably gives the most memorable performance. If nothing else, very clever double-meaning in the name.

Nathalie Emmanuel-"Die Hart"-Quibi
Kerri Kenney-Silver-"Reno 911!"-Quibi
Keke Palmer-"Keke Palmer's Turnt Up With The Taylors"-Facebook Watch
Paula Pell-"Mapleworth Murders"-Quibi

I guess Quibi didn't have enough females to push the category up to five nominees, that's a shame. Three nominees, including a returning nominees in Kerri Kenney-Silver, and it would be nice to finally see "Reno 911!" win something. BTW, I've got th network total nominations next to me, Quibi got eight total nominations. Showtime got SIX! Six. You know what's sad, this is actually an improvement from last year's FOUR! Congratulations Showtime, you have for the second consecutive, been out-nominated by QUIBI, a massive failure of a streaming network so vast, that it doesn't exist anymore! You better give David Lynch whatever the fuck he wants to make a new season of "Twin Peaks", or just give up and faze in all your programming into your Big Daddy's new toy Paramount Plus, 'cause this is really pathetic by any standard. Showtime's complete sudden decline in relevance was genuinely predictable, for years in fact, it was foreseeable, and yet, it's still shocking when we look back upon it.


Create Together With Joseph Gordon-Levitt-YouTube
Inside COVID19-Oculus
Space Explorers: The ISS Experience-Oculus
Welcome To The Blumhouse

You know, I really should remember that HITRECORD is still a thing and is apparently thriving. I keep meaning to answer some of the requests and look through some of the ideas on the site and post stuff there, when I see a Facebook or Twitter update, but honestly, I keep forgetting. I really should get invest in that more. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's invested a lot into it and it's starting to create and find talent in much the same way that Funny or Die did last decade or so.I don't have much info on the rest of these. 

Between The World And Me-HBO
The Good Lord Bird-Showtime
Lovecraft Country-HBO
The Queen's Gambit-Netflix
Raised By Wolves-HBO

This was all "The Good Lord Bird" got. 'cause, man Showtime is just dead right now. Anyway, this is always a fun category. I iwish it wouldn't go to movies and miniseries so often, or short-lasting series like "Lovecraft Country" 'cause I like the idea of good title sequences being iconic enough to appreciate through constant reruns, but eh, sometimes te best ones are for these shows too.

Fargo-"East/West"-Jeff Russo-FX Networks
Oslo-Jeff Russo and Zoe Keating-HBO
The Queens Gambit-"End Game"-Carlos Rafael Rivera-Netflix
The Underground Railroad-"Chapter 2: South Carolina"-Nicholas Britell-Prime Video
WandaVision-"Previously On"-Christophe Beck-Disney+

I didn't even know that "Fargo" was still around honestly. Eh, I usually put the music categories down here 'cause there's always a little interest in these, especially for the EGOT followers, and besides there's a few big names here. There's big names in the other tech categories, but if you're really interested in the cinematography or makeup or editing or other things, thos I think most people can look up themselves. (Well, I guess you can look these music up ones too, but these are a little more, what's-the-word, mainstream then other categories, so I'm gonna include them as always. People know music.)

Allen v. Farrow-"Episode 4"-Michael Abels-HBO
American Masters-"Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir"-Kathryn Bostic-PBS
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet-Steven Price-Netflix
The Social Dilemma-Mark Crawford-Netflix
Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre-Branford Marsalis-HISTORY

Some big names here, Steven Price, Branford Marsalis. I'm a little surprised that the Oscars don't look at more documentaries for the Original Scores category, Philip Glass's work for instance is probably more memorable then many Oscar-winning scores. 

Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry-Aron Forbes-AppleTV+
Bo Burnham: Inside-Bo Burnham-Netflix
Celebrating America: An Inauguration Night Special-Rickey Minor-Multiple Platforms
David Byrne's American Utopia-Karl Mansfield-HBO
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist-"Zoey's Extraordinary Goodbye"-Harvey Mason, Jr.-NBC

Okay, slight confession here, I know, next-to-nothing about Bo Burnham. I know he's very talented; I saw his film "Eighth Grade" and I liked it a lot; I actually think in hindsight that might even be a better movie then I first realized, and I thought it was really damn good originally. I know he also acts, 'cause he was in um, that movie, "Promising Young Woman" and got a lot of deserved acclaimed for that. I know, vaguely that he's a comic to some degree and that he was big on YouTube, but in terms of actually knowing his work, um, I really don't know what his deal is. I've gotten to the point where I don't look up most people who are famous for Youtube or TikTok or whomever, because every time I do, I get confused and disappointed, 'cause 99% of the time I have no earthly idea how or why any of these people are famous and am just annoyed that I have to know their names now. (I call it "The Paul Brothers Effect" but it's certainly not limited to them, although yeah, mostly them.) So, I don't really know Burnham's work or milieu that much, or at all, so-eh, if anybody wants to send me links to some of his work, please do so. He's somebody I'm interested in learning more about, and I'm gonna check out this special of his soon enough. Other then that, um, interesting category, decent, probably expected list. You got Billie Eilish, you got David Byrne there, you got Rickey Minor, the premiere music director in TV at the moment, and-eh, yeah, that "Zoey..." whatever, yeah that probably deserves to be in there too. But yeah, need to know more about Bo Burnham.

"Comedy"-Bo Burnham Inside-Bo Burnham-Netflix
 "Never Truly Vanish"-The Boys-Music & Lyrics: Christopher Lennertz; Lyrics: Michael Saltzman-Prime Video
"I Can't Remember Love"-The Queen's Gambit-Music: Anna Hauss and Robert Weinroder; Lyrics: William Horberg-Netflix
"The End Titles"-Soundtrack of Our Lives-Marc Shaiman-YouTube
"Agatha All Along"-WandaVision-Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez-Disney+
"Crimson Love"-Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist-Music: Harvey Mason Jr. and Andrew Hey; Lyrics: Austin Winsberg and Lindsey Rosin

Good lord, Robert Lopez is still trying to collect EGOTs, even after he's got two of them! Eh, his wife doesn't have one yet, so I'll leave it alone for her. Besides, neither have a Primetime Emmy Award yet; Robert Lopez won his Emmys in Daytime, for...-um, (Stares at IMDB for awhile) What the hell is "Wonder Pets"!? Alright, whatever. Eh, there's some big names though, Marc Shaiman is only an Oscar away from an EGOT, which amazingly he hasn't won; I didn't realize that 'til now... Does anybody remember the song from "The Queen's Gambit" 'cause I do not, and I loved that miniseries quite a bit. Also, going back to Shaiman, not that I'm big on Randy Rainbow, but why does that keep getting into Short-Form when it never pops up here? Most of his episodes ars far as I can tell are songs. I guess, I might be the "Original" aspect since they're mostly parodies a la Weird Al.... I'll have to listen to all the songs, but nothing sticks out to me as particularly meme-y or anything. No "SNL" nominee here, no, "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" or anything. I would've thought this would've been a more interesting category this year; I guess not. Somebody tell Rachel Bloom to restart her YouTube channel and just start creating songs again. 

Allen v. Farrow-Michael Abels-HBO
Bridgerton-Kris Browers and Michael Dean Parsons-Netflix
The Flight Attendant-Blake Neely-HBO Max
Ted Lasso-Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe-AppleTV+
WandaVision-Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez-Disney+

(Sigh) I don't have much to say on this category, except that I miss lyrics. None of the songs here have any lyrics to them, that's sad. I'm sure there are some shows that still have theme songs with lyrics, especially morning cartoons I bet, but I don't know, I can't remember the last good Primetime one, can you? Was it "Monk", maybe? Maybe-eh, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"? Feels like it's been too long. Even something with like, just the most minimal lyrics like "How I Met Your Mother" or "Broad City"'s themes feel so much more refreshing and memory-retaining with lyrics though. Oh well. 

Bridgerton-Alexandra Patsavas-Netflix
The Crown-Sarah Bridge-Netflix
Halston-Amanda Kreig Thomas, Alexis Martin Woodall and Ryan Murphy-Netflix
I May Destroy You-Clara Elwis and Matt Biffa-HBO
Lovecraft Country-HBO
The Queen's Gambit-Randall Porter-Netflix
WandaVision-Dave Jordan and Shannon Murphy-Disney+

This is one categories that I'm kinda just throwing in here because I think it's a category should be considered for the Oscars. Music Supervision is basically the people who make the soundtracks and that should have some recognition, moreso then the industry provides. The Emmys are generally good with it. They have Casting awards, they have Stunt awards as well as all these level of music awards, including supervising. Sometimes, you just want to credit people for doing the right things.

Airpods Pro-"Jump"-Apple AirPods
Alexa's Body-"Amazon Alexa"
Better-"Mamba Forever"-Nike
It Already Does That-Apple Watch Series 6
You Can't Stop Us-Nike
You Love Me-Beats by Dre

Ummm, yeah this category, I'm sure I'll like the nominees when I look them up. I haven't really watched commercials this year. I mean, I know they still exist 'cause I keep having to click to skip them on Youtube, but, yeah, commercials aren't, this category is basically only interesting for the Super Bowl mostly now. Besides, the Clio Awards still exist last I checked and they're generally a better commercial barometer anymore.

Alright, that's all for now. Now, I gotta get to my Predictions, but first I need a break. This took me a week to write and I need some time. Maybe watch a few of these things. I'll get predictions posted before the show, I promise.


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