Voting for Emmy nominations is fast approaching and the media is abuzz with predictions on which masterful and illuminating TV shows will make the cut to be considered for the prestigious award. While most heads are turned toward which shows will be nominated, there are bound to be equally as many noteworthy snubs. Here’s The Daily Californian’s who’s who guide to shows that will not be nominated for the 2018 Emmy Awards — but that really should be.
Outstanding Drama Series
Everyone who’s even remotely familiar with what is on TV right now can predict some of these nominations: “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Stranger Things.”
Popular shows that once dominated the screen with surprising, well-crafted narratives, such as Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” will be put on the back burner to make way for these more consistently innovative shows.
While many will be disappointed to see “Orange is the New Black” not receive a nomination this year, the show has experienced a gradual decline in popularity and fresh story arcs since its third season. What was once a gritty, crude collection of narratives and creatively nuanced LGBTQ+ stories has fallen flat in its recent episodes.
Similarly, “Homeland” –– after the death of frontman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) — has simmered from its fiery conspiracies and riveting plot twists to be a series where lead lady Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) frantically panics as storylines becomes more and more convoluted.
Other shows such as Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and Netflix’s “Ozark” will lose deserved nominations. Though both have maintained and refined their perpetually captivating and darkly spinning narratives, these series will lose out to more seasoned shows.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Again, predictions are pretty easy with this category. Front-runners will include “Atlanta” and “Silicon Valley” — deserved in its recognition in the wake of T.J. Miller’s welcomed exit from the show. Other shows such as Netflix’s “GLOW,” ABC’s “Black-ish” and HBO’s “Barry” can also expect nominations.
Snubs will include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a long-standing show and its ability to stay relevant, be overtly crude while still keeping it classy and exploit lead man and comic legend Larry David’s failures in an introspective, witty collection of situations and jokes is something that should be recognized.
NBC’s “The Good Place” is a twisted and elaborate dark comedy, constantly mesmerizing viewers. It handles serious topics in a refreshing, playful manner and normalizes diversity rather than patting itself on the back for having characters of different backgrounds.
Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” recently acquired by NBC, despite having one of its best years since its inception, will most likely not be recognized at this year’s Emmys. The amalgamation of the vastly developing character identities, constantly growing storylines and poignant cultural commentary all found in a cop show, nonetheless, keeps this cult comedy immensely relevant.
Outstanding Limited Series
FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose” will undoubtedly lead this category in this year’s limited series nominations. They will most likely stand next to Netflix’s “Godless” and Hulu’s “The Looming Tower.”
Chances are, “Twin Peaks” will not be nominated. Though the haunting revival received grand praise, David Lynch’s awe-inspiring surrealist directing seeping through every scene, the show is not commercial enough to earn a nomination — a disappointing truth when one considers how the series withstood the test of time, capitalizing beautifully on its cult status with a cast of seasoned actors, shocking musical appearances and a series of unimaginable stories.
Steven Soderbergh-directed “Mosaic” will also miss out on a nomination for limited series. The murder mystery is made better by Soderbergh’s signature directing, simmering with suspense. While the show is not Soderbergh’s best work, it has plenty of features to still be considered a contender. Therefore, whether or not its omission from the nominations list is a snub is up to you.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Nominations will go to continuously recognized and immensely deserving talk shows such as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and, hopefully, TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
A show not enough people have been talking about is the raw, vulnerable and naturally comedic “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The show takes a deeper look at the lives and memories of experienced comedians. Jerry Seinfeld uses nice cars and caffeinated drinks as props to keep quirky conversations about the underbelly of the comedy scene moving smoothly. This show is wildly important and warrants recognition.
The two-week voting process for the 2018 Emmy Awards will begin on June 11. As nominations are revealed on July 12, keep an eye out for the many anticipated snubs this year.