Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Emmy Nominees: Best Drama Series

My predictions: 7/8, missing “Succession”

Well, it seemed like there were eight contenders, and all of them made the cut. That’s not the case, of course, for “Homecoming,” which managed just one technical bid and no other nominations. Game of Thrones pulled off a staggering 32 nominations, eight more than its previous high, and scored ten acting bids, which makes it a formidable frontrunner. The other returning nominees, Better Call Saul and This Is Us, did about as well as they have in the past. Both Ozark and Killing Eve jumped up to nine nominations and a place here for their second seasons. Despite making the cut here, freshmen Bodyguard, Pose, and Succession all performed less fantastically than expected, earning a grand total of one acting nomination among the three of them. I would have loved to see some fun inclusions here, but at least we get a few new shows that seem to be popular.

What should win? I don’t watch “Ozark,” “Pose,” or “Succession.” I think I’d pick “Bodyguard” over “Better Call Saul.”
What will win? I don’t think it’s wise to bet against Game of Thrones, and none of these seem strong enough to beat it.

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