Monday, May 27, 2024

Emmy Awards Concentrated on Just a Few Shows, Ignored “Billions,” “The Offer,” Renee Zellweger’s “Pam,” Cast of “Stranger Things”


The Emmys have turned into an awards show for just a few shows.

The preponderance of nominations went to “Succession,” “Squid Game,” “White Lotus,” “Hacks,” “Mrs. Maisel,” “Only Murders in the Building.” Most of those shows are on Netflix, HBO, and Amazon.

Even Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which got 13 nominations, had none for acting. None, not even for Matthew Modine and Sadie Sink, who deserved it.

Showtime’s “Billions” was ignored, as usual, which is disgraceful. So was HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”

Even worse, there was nothing for two Paramount Plus shows: “The Offer” and “The Thing About Pam.” The Emmys simply snubbed Renee Zellweger in the latter movie. Not nice.

But “The Offer” featured a winning performance by Matthew Goode as Robert Evans. And Miles Teller was equally good as Al Ruddy. The series was top notch. That this series was omitted is really criminal. Matthew Goode should sue!

There were plenty of other series and actors who deserved recognition. But the TV Academy went very narrow. The Academy reports these multiple noms:

Sydney Sweeney (two first-time nominations, Euphoria and The White Lotus).
In addition to Sweeney, individuals with multiple nominations this year include Jason Bateman (performance and directing for Ozark), Quinta Brunson (performance and writing for Abbott Elementary), Nicole Byer (host for Nailed It and writing for Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo)), Jerrod Carmichael (performance Saturday Night Live and writing for Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel), Julia Garner (Ozark and Inventing Anna), Bill Hader (performance, writing and directing for Barry and performance for Curb Your Enthusiasm), Steve Martin (performance and writing for Only Murders in the Building), Amy Poehler (host for Making It and directing for Lucy and Desi), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul and Cooper’s Bar), Harriet Walter (Ted Lasso and Succession) and Zendaya (performance and music and lyrics for Euphoria).

I’m sorry. Maybe no one person should be allowed more than one nomination. It doesn’t seem quite fair. Is it just that the voters are lazy and only watch certain shows, pulling all their nominees out of that group? Sure seems like it. Four of the six nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy are from “Hacks.” Should that have been allowed? The sheer weight of that show hurt another potential HBO nominee, Tracey Ullmann, from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Well, another strange year. And for broadcast TV, with nominations just from “Abbott Elementary” on ABC, a disaster. There was NOTHING on network TV of quality otherwise? I find that hard to believe, sorry. Just look up the work of Sterling K. Brown or Mariska Hargitay.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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