Saturday, January 8, 2022

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best TV Series – Drama

The competition:
Lupin premiered the first half of its first season on Netflix on January 8th and the second half on June 11th, for a total of ten episodes. The French-language drama also has star Omar Sy nominated. It was not on the Emmy ballot for part one.

The Morning Show aired its ten-episode second season from September to November on Apple TV+. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass are also nominated, giving it one more bid than it had last time it contended, two years ago for season one. This season has yet to contend at the Emmy Awards.

Pose aired its seven-episode third season from May to June on FX. It makes a return to the Best TV Series – Drama category after being snubbed for season two, and star Billy Porter is back along with first-time nominee Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. Both performers and the show were nominated at this past fall’s Emmy Awards.

Squid Game premiered its nine-episode first season on Netflix on September 17th. Stars Lee Jung-jae and O Yeong-su are also nominated. The Korean-language drama will likely contend at next year’s Emmy Awards.

Succession aired its nine-episode third season from October to December on HBO. Stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, and Sarah Snook are also nominated. The show won this prize the last time it was nominated, two years ago for season two. Though this season has yet to contend for the Emmy Awards, season two did win the top prize, along with six other trophies.

Additional notes: None of last year’s nominees were eligible, and only one other past nominee is even currently on the air, and that’s “This Is Us.” A freshman series has won this award seven times out of the last fifteen years. A non-English series, “Narcos,” was nominated in 2015 but didn’t win. Ten shows have achieved a repeat win in this category in its history, most recently “The Crown” last year, though that wasn’t consecutive.
Who should win? I haven’t seen “Lupin” and didn’t finish “Squid Game.” I’ve gotten on board with “Succession” but it’s still not my favorite show. “The Morning Show” is good but season two wasn’t as good as season one. My choice, therefore, is “Pose,” a series I would love to see celebrated.
Who will win? It could be “Succession” or maybe (!) even “Pose,” but the likelier choice is Squid Game.

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