This week saw major content over at AwardsDaily TV, fitting given that it’s that time of year. Before settling in to watch the Emmys Sunday night, be sure to enter our AwardsDaily TV Predict the Emmys Contest! Prizes courtesy of HBO. Here’s the rest of what’s going on at ADTV.
Here are the 2016 Emmy predictions from AwardsDaily TV’s full set of contributors. Based on our predictions, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Veep won’t be the only repeat winners of the night. Nearly everyone thinks Julia Louis-Dreyfus will repeat for her iconic role as Selina Meyer in Veep, and a few of us think her cohort Tony Hall will follow suit. Jeffrey Tambor is also tipped by most to repeat for his transformative role in Amazon’s Transparent.
One of the biggest questions on the drama side is, “Will this finally be Robin Wright’s year?” Some of us think so. Others think Viola Davis will repeat last year’s historic win. With the actors, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek seems a sure bet to win for his stellar performance on the USA freshman series. Oh yeah, and FX’s critically acclaimed limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story should go home very happy Sunday night winning series, direction, writing, and at least one – possibly two – acting trophies. It can’t lose, right? (Emmy Predictions)
2016 raised a lot of questions in the Emmy races, and for once it seems like more races are completely up in the air than not, which leads to what could be one of the more exciting Emmy ceremonies in recent history. Jalal profiles the five races that are some of the closet of the night. (Tight Emmy Races)
Two additional Emmy Confidential pieces posted this week. ADTV staff members were able to chat with actual Emmy voters about their choices in this year’s voting. Take a look at The Producer, The Publicist, and The Actress.
Sunday night marks the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Sure, they’re kind of the gold standard for television awards. Yeah, they’re voted on by the 20,000+ members of the Television Academy. OK, they hand out pretty gold (gold-plated, am I right?) statues. But they aren’t voted on by the staff of AwardsDaily TV. They’re not The Coolie Awards. All I can say is, we stepped up where the Television Academy did not.
We voted back in June, just like the Television Academy did. We tried to
stick with their voting rules and regulations as best we could, and we published our nominees on July 13 – one day before the Television Academy. Now, we’re announcing the winners just before all that Emmy noise. We just don’t have pretty, gold (gold-plated, am I right?) statues to hand out.
And the winners are… (Coolies)
When it comes to Emmy wins, director Jay Roach remains undefeated. In 2008, he took home statuettes for Recount, his candid look at the 2000 presidential election. And in 2012 he won again for Game Change, which follows Sarah Palin’s rise as the Republican Party’s V.P. candidate.
But despite his growing reputation as the go-to political guy, he still occasionally feels like the new kid on the block. “Keep in mind,” said Roach with a laugh. “I’m the Austin Powers guy. We comedians still feel like we’re always at the clown table.” Roach comes from a comedy background, having directed all three films in the Mike Myers franchise in addition to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. (Jay Roach)
Over a two-day Creative Arts Emmy event, Game of Thrones and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story have essentially been solidified as the frontrunners going into the final week of Emmy prognosticating as well as good signs for The Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Inside Amy Schumer. Other than that no other major questions were answered, and the most exciting news to come out of the ceremony was the long overdue win for the one and only RuPaul Charles who, in full Aretha Franklin fashion, marched onto that stage with a ferociously giant designer bag.
I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. (Creative Arts)
Better Things is quick and scrappy. Star Pamela Adlon (Louie, Grease 2) created the show with Louie collaborator Louis C.K., and her new show is obviously influenced (in a good way) by her work with the veteran comedian. There is something very thoughtful and hilarious about Better Things that shines through. It’s immediate proof that some of the best comedy comes from the absurdities of real life. (Better Things)
In a way, tonight’s premiere of American Horror Story 6 felt like the premiere of a brand new series. Take away the famous faces, and the hour felt nothing like a standard episode of the Emmy-winning horror anthology series. That’s probably the best news for audiences and Emmy voters who largely treated Hotel like a red-headed stepchild. That season and most before it equated exquisite costuming and gorgeous production designs with gore and sex. Most episodes dazzled thanks to their visual style, but even fans would agree that, sometimes, it just didn’t add up. True scares often felt like an afterthought, a shame for a horror series.
Enter American Horror Story 6. (Unplugged)
With the sixth and ever-so-mysterious season of American Horror Story starting tonight on FX (10pm ET), the team at AwardsDaily TV ranked their favorite seasons of the series. What will the team choose as their favorite season? Were we allured by the witches of Coven? Did we all want to stay with the residents and vampires of the Hotel Cortez? Were we sympathetic to Freak Show? Or, did we prefer checking in with the crazies of Asylum over Murder House? Read below to see our choices. (AHS Ranking)
There’s a funny thing about covering the Emmys here at AwardsDaily TV… There is literally no rest for the weary. As soon as the curtain go down on September 18’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2016 Fall shows will kick into high gear. Recently, Megan lamented that the Fall season isn’t quite as spectacular as it once was because new television literally never stops. Programmers constantly seek the limelight for their newest series, and the Fall season isn’t quite the launching point it once was.
Still, there are several 2016 Fall shows that the ADTV team really anticipate, so we’re here to share them with you. (Fall Shows)
What are the steps you take in order to get people to take your seriously? How do you make people perceive you as a serious person? These are the questions FX’s new Atlanta tackles.
Donald Glover’s Atlanta succeeds by not conforming to one genre. The trailers and commercials indicate this is a show about soul searching and coming into your own, but Glover manages to slide back and forth between comedy and drama with the effortlessness of a more accomplished show creator. Glover has always had a charming and relaxed nature in his standup, but here he does something really different. (Atlanta)