Friday, June 28, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Which Programs Will Likely Be Nominated for Limited Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting took place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Limited Series.

2018 Nominees:
        TNT's The Alienist
        FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (WINNER)
        National Geographic's Genius: Picasso
        Netflix's Godless
        Showtime's Patrick Melrose

In sharp contrast to the TV Movie category, the race for Limited Series may actually be the most competitive at the entire Emmys this year. There is already the sense that Game of Thrones and Veep will win for best drama and comedy series for their respective final seasons. As such, this could be the category that sees the most uncertainty and possibly the biggest response during the awards ceremony. An argument could be made that more than six shows actually deserve to be crowned here. That shows a very healthy competition that is very much up in the air. Plus, there isn't even the certainty that there will be more than five nominees in this field. It hasn't expanded its list like its drama and comedy counterparts. That means the cutdown could happen immediately on nomination morning. This category could be seen as the crowning achievement for whichever program ultimately has the most nominations in this genre. Or it could reflect the strength of the overall series. When They See Us may not get into many of the acting races despite superb performances throughout. But it has to be seen as a major contender here because of its cultural significance and the overall impact the story has had. That's powerful. But there are so many others that have strong actors in those categories as well as a formidable entry here. The preferences of the voters will be felt here more than many of the other fields. As such, any analysts should be looking to see the overall trends in order to better predict what may occur here because it may be the most hotly contested race.

So now, here are the programs most likely to be nominated:
  1. Showtime's Escape at Dannemora
  2. Netflix's When They See Us
  3. FX's Fosse/Verdon
  4. HBO's Sharp Objects
  5. HBO's Chernobyl
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Amazon's A Very English Scandal
  2. Hulu's Catch-22
  3. HBO's True Detective
  4. Hulu's The Act
  5. Amazon's Good Omens
  6. Netflix's Maniac
  7. Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House
  8. PBS' Les Misérables
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. National Geographic's The Hot Zone
  2. Hulu's Castle Rock
  3. PBS' Mrs. Wilson
  4. TNT's I Am the Night
  5. Bravo's Dirty John
  6. Netflix's What/If
  7. TBS' Miracle Workers
  8. AMC's The Little Drummer Girl
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. National Geographic's Valley of the Boom
  2. Netflix's Black Earth Rising
  3. Amazon's Ordeal by Innocence
  4. Amazon's The ABC Murders
  5. Starz's The Spanish Princess
  6. Amazon's Vanity Fair
  7. CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!