The Nomination submission period for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards begins this Monday, June 12th and runs through the 26th. Emmy Voters, Listen Up – because these shows, actors and performers deserve to be nominated.
Let’s get the year’s best new TV drama out of the way. Submissions for ABC’s “Designated Survivor” should include, but are not limited to:
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Kiefer Sutherland
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Kal Penn
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Maggie Q
Most of the primetime TV shows I watch these days are comedies, and I can actually fill the entire Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category:
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Neil Flynn, “The Middle”
Jeff Garlin, “The Goldbergs”
John Michael Higgins, “Great News”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Patrick Warburton, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”
Of course, the majority of those six men won’t be nominated, as the likes of “Veep” and streaming shows are sure to dominate. But an entertainment analyst can dream.
Last year, I wrote a blog stating that the 27th Season of “The Simpsons” was the best in my lifetime. This past 28th Season wasn’t quite as good, but it still featured some standout episodes. FOX should submit “22 for 30” for Outstanding Animated Program consideration. This spoof on ESPN’s “30 for 30” is fun from start to finish.
For Outstanding Children’s Program, Nickelodeon deserves a nom for “Albert” – the sweet 45-minute holiday special about a tiny Christmas tree with big dreams.
Mandy Moore may get a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for “This is Us”. But there’s another Mandy Moore who deserves to be on the Emmy ballot. This Moore is the choreographer of “Dancing with the Stars”. And since there is no Outstanding Choreographer Oscar category – her “DWTS” and “La La Land” work make an Emmy nomination this year worthwhile.
A TV miniseries has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately. It’s the National Geographic Channel’s “Genius”, and I’d like to see Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn nominated in the Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie categories. Rush’s Lead Actor competition: Robert De Niro for his fantastic work in HBO’s Bernie Madoff movie “The Wizard of Lies”. Co-star Michelle Pfeiffer is a Lead Actress nominee lock.
“The Great British Bake-Off” has been making headlines lately for judge and channel changes overseas. But how about ABC’s satisfying, fast-paced American version (also featuring Mary Berry), “The Great American Baking Show”, for Outstanding Reality Competition Series?
And finally – an obvious, but worthy nominee for Outstanding Special Class Program – “The 89th Annual Academy Awards”. Seriously, this was an Oscars for the ages.