The 2017 Emmy Nominations – Programs

Acting – Directing – Writing


I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, the day the Emmy nominations are released. While the nominations are released now, the date of the Emmys is Sunday the 17th of September, 2017. Around the time the 2017-18 US Television season starts.

So without further adieu, here we go.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)
Black-ish (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

Donald Glover‘s Atlanta gets the nod for nomination over Transparent this season. I saw the show, and absolutely loved it. Set in Atlanta, it follows Earn (played by Glover) as he represents his rapper cousin, Paper Boi.

I’ve also seen Modern Family, which is just brilliant; and half of the second season of Master of None. It’s great to see shows that that are not laugh out loud funny take a hold of this category, as it’s now more about storytelling rather than the number of gags that can be fit into 20 – 25 minutes.

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This is Us (NBC)
Westworld (HBO)

5 of the seven shows nominated aired their first season in the past year, with only Better Call Saul and House of Cards returning from last year.  Unfortunately, I’ve only see Westworld from that list, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on this category as much as I would like; though I do have plans to watch some of these shows at a later date.

Westworld is centred on a theme park, of sorts, where humans get to live out stories and interact with the hosts. We see what happened in the theme park and behind the scenes as a gripping mystery unravels and further discoveries about the secrets of the this are made.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

This season would have been perfect for this set of comedies, as they watching the US Presidential Election; that was until Donald Trump actually won.  While making these jokes are fine, it’s also about finding the other news around the world that is also important. I used to watch Last Week Tonight, until this season where Oliver would not stop talking about Trump.

I think The Late Late Show may win this season. Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke has been popular with the masses, even though it gets on my nerves.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Billy on the Street (truTV)
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Tracey Ullman’s Show (HBO)

Sorry, but I don’t watch any of these shows, so I would not be able to comment on any of them.

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Litte Lies (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Genius (National Geographic)
The Night Of (HBO)

All these shows are great, and it’s a tough pick for the winner. Fargo has just finished it’s third season; I loved the first season, but couldn’t get into the second so have stopped watching. Big Little Lies follows three mothers in the middle to high class society where they live. They have children in the first grade together. The main story line picks up, when one child gets curious over where his father is. This unfolds a series of events that culminate in the final scene.

The Night Of is about a young Muslim boy that is on trial for murdering a passenger in his father’s cab one night. The series follows his time in the prison awaiting trial, as well as the group of lawyers that are there to help him. We are still not sure whether he did it or not.

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror “San Junipero” (Netflix)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Life (NBC)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
Sherlock “The Lying Detective” (PBS)
The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

This is another category that I don’t know much about. Black Mirror and Sherlock are both TV shows with long episode lengths, which mean that they both fall into this category, with Sherlock taking the win last season.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

I don’t watch any of these shows, as I can’t stand most reality television. Australian television had just started their own version of Ninja Warrior, with Australia’s over the top commentary and in your face ads, it’s really annoying.

And we’ve had The Voice for way too long it seems now, with so many judge changes, I don’t see the point in continuing.


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