Emmys 2020: TV Critic Alan Sepinwall on the Nominations


Janitor – easily the best and most timely TV show of the past year – was a big winner in today’s announcement of the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award nomination. The story of the comic book adaptation battling superheroes (or, in some cases, the strong) white supremacy, recorded 26 nominations. This is by far the highest for any series, and a total that would be eye-popping in a formergame of Thrones world. The nodes for the outstanding finite series were; Regina King, Jeremy Iron, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya-Abdul Matin II, and Jovan Adepo; And musicians Trent Rejnor and Atticus Ross.

With a title like this, Amy seems all right in the world?

Unfortunately, beyond nomination Janitor Were spectacularly uneven, fist-pumping options (Remy Yusuf for Best Actor in a Comedy)!Mandalorian For an excellent drama series?) And pure, mis-headed, anger-inducing ones.

Yes, we have a lot to talk about here, but we need Rhea Sehorn, Bob Odenkirk and better call Saul.

Saul It had a decent morning with seven amounts in total, including excellent drama, one for its digital shorts, where Kim Wexler of Sehorn taught legal ethics. But Odenkirk, who was nominated in every previous year of the series, and who has never been better than his fifth and best season, most likely got a fight with Steve Carell of Apple TV + The morning show. Carell is a big name (in part, because once, he cast Odenkirk out for the role of Michael Scott. The Office), And Apple, which pushed the middling forward morning Show There is more marketing muscle than AMC, for eight nominations. Seahorn is less of a name than Odenkirk, but she has been giving the best theatrical performances on television for years with no Emmy recognition, and unfortunately the trend continues here.

But even nominations must be binding Saul – Vince Gilligan to direct that stunning desert episode! Cinematography for the same episode, or one with Jimmy’s reflection! – There were not. (somehow, Ozark Got two Kinematography nodes, suggesting that the category should be named the excellent use of a blue filter.) Even some ns. Saul Institutional laziness was suggested, like Giancarlo Esposito, who despite being nominated for this season’s breakout artist, Tony Dalton, is outstanding, but inferior. Chain The all-time season changed – a comparison of Walter White’s powers to its Emmy-Darling parent show – and voters collectively checked a few boxes, and set off in search of shinier things.

Okay. With that rant out of the way, let’s look for some good things. In Nice placeIn the final season, voters eventually noted that the show also featured actors other than Ted Danson and Maya Rudolph, including farewell nominations for William Jackson Harper and D’Arcy Kardon. TV’s Funniest Comedy, What do we do in the shade, Earned eight nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and three different writing nods. (I’m pulling for Stephanie Robinson’s script for “On the Run”, aka one with Jackie Daytona’s toothpick.) Joseph actually received several nominations, for acting and for directing the weirdest episodes. Ramy Season two (a feature of Mia Khalifa), although the show could not crack the arena of comedy series in the second season of Lazy Kominsky method. And now the anger is bubbling again, thinking how Kominsky Was nominated but Good things The TV completely fell off the radar of the academy.

Put it together, keep it together … what else was good? Well, Tony Collett was nominated for Netflix’s aptly-titled Minarets Unbelivable. But, somehow, weren’t her extraordinary co-stars Katiline Dever and Merritt Weaver? He had a tough road, posing as a lead in a limited series or film, where he had to compete with marquee stars like Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington, but still.

At least that was the category – something more good! – One of many where most of the candidates were black. At a time when the TV business is being pushed to do better to represent, when acting nominees on the whole were actually about 40 percent nonnews. Rudolph single-handedly nominated two different comedy guest-actresses good place And SNL, Plus another for his voice work Big mouth. And the math is the same whether you count the two short-form acting categories or not, which may need to be rewritten “quibis”. (Latinx representation. Not so much, with zero acting candidates.)

It was not a bad day to be new to the streaming wars. Disney + Key Mandalorian Brought home the fifth most nominations of any show, with 15, none for Baby Yoda, while Apple should be happy with it morning Show Campaign.

Last year’s big Emmy winner, game of Thrones And Fleabag, Which ended its run, leaving a relatively wide-open field for the virtual event ABC has planned for September. If we were betting now, i would agree Janitor, Succession, And Shit creek It’s the biggest night. But then, a few months ago, I was fantasizing about Odenkirk and Seahorn waving trophies together, so you want to be careful of putting your money where my mouth is.

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