Just by looking at this year’s vote would you realize that Paramount+’s iCarly has a pretty good chance of receiving a major Emmy nomination next month. The reboot of Nickelodeon’s hit Miranda Cosgrove The vehicle is one of only seven multi-camera series submitted for consideration in the directorial category. This is notable because as of 2018, the Television Academy requires at least one comedy directing nominee to be in a multi-camera format. This is what sitcoms look like B-positive and the Will & Grace reboot have found representation at the main Emmy ceremony in recent years, despite the lack of other primetime nominations – and why? The Big Bang Theory passed by here several times.
It’s an odd rule considering the format is so outdated among broadcast networks — even old-school CBS’ strongest comedy play this season is the one-camera hit. ghosts† The competition is so anemic and strange that Cedric the entertainer could get his first directorial nomination for The neighbourhood— or, yes, that iCarly can be a candidate.
There are few better snapshots of the madness of modern TV than the Emmy voting, which is released to the public annually on the day the nomination vote begins. As always, this year’s mood is filled with mind-boggling omissions, excessive studio confidence, fatal inaccuracies and demonstrations of killer campaign strategy.
Each strong contender must, to begin with, decide how many episodes to submit in the major writing and directing categories. It’s where frontrunners claim dominance and underdogs find their narrow path. Since votes aren’t ranked for both nominees and winners, oversaturating a category can mean canceling yourself out of a nod — or, if you’re managing multiple nominees, even a win. This happened to Ted Lasso last year: The overwhelming comedic frontrunner won three acting trophies and best series, while somehow losing both writing and directing to hacking† Why? Lasso had three noms in directing and two in writing, while hacking– the biggest challenger – only had one in each. no hacking votes were split because they only submitted one episode per category.
The 2022 Emmys Will Find Both Ted Lasso and drama champion succession defend their titles. The latter has proved dexterous in this game of category crunching. For the first two seasons, HBO has only drafted one episode for writing and won the category both times. He will do that again this year with Jesse Armstrong‘s final. †Lasso has two scripts on the ballot, meanwhile, less than last year, but still risky when it comes to winning.) Directing, meanwhile, succession has six episodes eligible. The critically acclaimed drama won the category in 2020 despite multiple nominations, receiving each nomination in their category at the Directors Guild of America awards in January. If it can be dominant here in the same way, it will squash everyone in the way.
On the other hand, it can also be a sign of hubris in a competitive drama field (rivals such as Squid Game submit only one episode for directing). In that sense you have to ask yourself: Ted Lasso‘s four directorial entries. The main returning challengers –hacking† barry† Atlanta– also played it conservatively with some entries, but almost guaranteed their nominations, while the strongest freshmen in Abbott Elementary and Only murders in the building entered two episodes each. Not to mention the two to three contestants from recent director contenders The big† The wonderful Mrs. Maiseland The stewardess† Ted Lasso has the most to gain and in turn to lose; it can again lead the field in noms, or end up with nothing.
In other words, here’s a litmus test of how strong Apple’s breakthrough is when it comes to a second straight win in the best comedy. if Abbott or Only killing surpasses it here, watch out.
A few little tidbits from this year’s mood that might surprise you: Emmy winner Bebe Neuwirth was bizarrely not submitted for her supporting turn in Juliadespite the show being a highly regarded HBO hit that is likely to have wide appeal with a certain demographic. Tim Robinson‘s lover I think you should leave is on the ballot, but instead of joining a variety sketch where it seems most appropriate, it is submitted in short series, alongside Seth Meyersis online only Corrections extension, de Fear the walking dead precursor Death in the waterand something called Pandemic Cushion Consultation† (Sketch series, meanwhile, will land just two nominees, with just eight shows on the ballot. This system needs to change.)
The category with the most stars may not be one of those limited series acting races, but an excellent storyteller, who is characteristic Jessica Chastain, Ruth Negga, Lupita Nyong’o, Helena Bonham Carter, Julianne Moore, Jeff Daniels, Ewan McGregor, and much more (including Our great national parks† President Barack Obama.) No camera tests needed! You must also hand it over to hackingwho battles a killer row of guest actresses: Kaitlin Olson, Laurie Metcalf, Harriet Sansom Harris, Susie Essman, and 2021 nominee Jan Adams. They all have great display cases; the category that has long been the domain of Saturday Night Live hosts can just find a new favorite series.
For the writing, directing, and guest acting categories, episode titles and descriptions are listed so that all voters can see as they make their choices. This can cause problems for Abbott Elementary, who submitted his feisty pilot for writing, but which, as of publication, erroneously titled the synopsis of the finale. In the meantime Atlanta guest contender Liam Neeson Academy members will have to remember his cunning, self-effacing performance for themselves, as the accompanying episode description reads simply: “Al and Darius are walking through Amsterdam. Pssst, I could make a much better TV show than this.” Another guest star entered, Laura San Giacomo—who plays a theater director in HBOs barry– made it to the vote, but ineligible, whether nominated or not; Academy rules dictate that each guest actor nominee must appear in less than half of a season’s episodes, and San Giacomo was in four of the episodes. barryis eight. (notorious, Peter MacNicole‘s Veep nomination was withdrawn for this reason, despite getting enough votes.)
If I had one hope, it’s that Michael Mando would have been submitted as a guest star, rather than a supporter, for his latest run on You better call Saul† Historically, voters have used the guest acting categories to identify previously unannounced veteran cast members, including one of them You better call Saul star in Michael McKean. That didn’t happen for Mando. His character Nacho met a tragic end to the perennial Emmy favorite this season, enough that he only appeared in three of the seven eligible episodes. AMC put him before him one last time in support, a difficult field where it seems unlikely he will make the cut.
It takes a lot of these weird, specific tricks to make the Emmy vote work in your favor. strange habits of voters.