The nominations for the 2018 Primetime Emmy awards are announced this Thursday, July 12, and for the first time in a while, it seems like there’s room for some surprises. The Emmys are known for being a little predictable when it comes to their nominees and winners, selecting a show or an actor that they like once and continuing to nominate/award them until the end of time. Some stalwarts, like “Veep” are out of the running this year, while others, like “Game of Thrones,” are back after a year off. Here’s what I hope to see when the nominees are announced on Thursday.
“Killing Eve” Should Make a Killing in Drama
The drama categories seem to be somewhat locked down, with already-wons, like “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” likely to make an appearance, and also rans, like “This Is Us” and “The Crown” probably set to stay in the mix. “House of Cards,” a long-time nominee now plagued by, well, you know, is ineligible this year, leaving an opening amongst the more consistent nominees in several of the drama categories. I would love to see BBC America’s excellent “Killing Eve” fill in. As I’ve written on this blog before, the show is refreshing and exciting and offers star performances from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. If BBC America’s last kick-ass lady offering, “Orphan Black,” could get a little Emmy love, who’s to say that “Killing Eve” can’t? It’s not nearly as genre-specific as “Orphan Black” was, something that the Emmys generally don’t gravitate towards, and has a similar critical darling vibe. It’s also some of the best TV being made at the moment without the pomp and circumstance of some of the more prestige-y show’s in the running and celebrating that could help give the Emmys more cred amongst the less mainstream TV viewers.
Some New Blood in Comedy, Please
The comedy categories at the Emmys also seem to be aggressively the same every year, but with constantly-nominated shows like “Veep” and “Master of None” out of the running in 2018 there’s some room for new possibilities. I already wrote in detail about several shows I think deserve Emmy recognition, but I’ll reiterate some of what I said here. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has long-deserved to be in the running and a dramatic cancellation and save earlier this year seemed to reignite the flame of love for that show amongst the media. If anything, I desperately hope Andre Braugher will be back in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category this year. His absence last year (ostensibly to make room for Alec Baldwin’s not-nearly-as-good-as-others impression of the president on “SNL”) was a serious crime. I’d also love to see the consistently hilarious “Superstore” and the endlessly inventive “The Good Place” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” get in there, but it’s definitely possible that those open slots will be filled up by newer and flashier comedies like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Barry.” Really, anything different than the norm would be nice, but I would of course prefer it to be things I love.
Don’t Forget the Little People in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
It seems pretty inevitable that the latest iteration of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” anthology focused on (but not really) the death of Versace’s founder will get some recognition in the Limited Series categories, but I’m hoping people will focus on more than just the leads. Yes, Darren Criss gave a surprisingly great turn as the murderous Andrew Cunanan, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Cody Fern‘s nuanced and heartbreaking portrayal of another one of Cunanan’s victims. I don’t know if he would be qualified for Supporting Actor or Guest Actor (Can an actor in a limited series even run in Guest?) but wherever it is, he better get a nomination. Same goes for Judith Light‘s role as the wife of yet another one of Cunanan’s victims (he killed a whole bunch of people, you guys). Judith Light is always great, but she was especially great there.
What do you think? What are your hopes for this year’s Emmy nominations? It’ll probably just be “Modern Family” again, right? Ugh, “Modern Family.” Just end already! Share your thoughts in the comments. And, as always…