Friday, September 2, 2022

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best TV Movie

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. Beware of minor spoilers for each movie.

Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers premiered on Disney+ on May 20th, 2022. It is adapted from the popular 80s series of the same name. It’s an accessible and entertaining look at the world of animated characters where they interact with humans on a regular basis. This is the film’s only Emmy nomination.

Ray Donovan: The Movie premiered on Showtime on January 14th, 2022. The follow-up to the seven-season series that earned stars Ray Donovan, Jon Voight, and Hank Azaria Emmy nominations as well as a directing bid is finally up for a top prize. Ray and Mickey go head-to-head in the wrap-up to the show. This is the film’s only Emmy nomination.

Reno 911!: The Hunt for QAnon premiered on Paramount+ on December 23rd, 2021. The sequel to the Comedy Central show follows the short form series that garnered two pairs of two Emmy nominations the past two years. The hapless Nevada police department goes undercover on a cruise to try to find the notorious figurehead behind the conspiracy theory group QAnon. This is the film’s only nomination.

The Survivor premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall before making its debut on HBO on April 27th, 2022. Barry Levinson directs Ben Foster in the true story of Harry Haft, a boxer who survived the Holocaust and made his way to the United States. I had the chance to interview Levinson and Foster – you can watch that conversation here. This is the film’s only nomination.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas premiered on Roku on December 1st, 2021. This is the follow-up to the NBC musical series that was an unfortunate underperformer with Emmy voters and was cancelled after two season. Zoey and Max get to experience a complicated Christmas filled with drama and song. This is the only film in this category with an additional nomination, for choreography.

It’s hard to know who the frontrunner is here since these movies just didn’t show up in other categories. I’d like to think that “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” has a shot if only because it did get cited elsewhere, but I imagine this is a contest between two radically different projects, “Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers” and “The Survivor.” I fully expected the latter to earn bids for directing and acting, and the fact that it didn’t makes me think that the former has a solid shot. But the latter is such a different specimen, and so I think I may stick with it to win.

What should win: I would pick “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” or “The Survivor.”
What will win: I think The Survivor will take it.

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