Only with a glance at this year’s ballot will you realize that Paramount +’s iCarly There’s a pretty good chance of getting a big Emmy nomination next month. Reboot of the famous Nickelodeon Miranda Cosgrove The vehicle was just one of seven multi-camera series submitted for consideration in the steering category. This is notable because the Television Academy has, since 2018, asked for at least one candidate to work as a comedy director in a multi-camera format. That’s how sitcoms are B-Positive and Will & Grace The reboot has found representation at the main Emmys ceremony in recent years, despite the lack of any other primetime nominations—and why. The Big Bang Theory shown here many times.
It’s a strange rule that the format is so outdated among broadcast networks — even the best old CBS comedy this season has been a single-camera success. Ghosts. The competition is so anemic and strange that Cedric the Entertainer could get his first director nomination for Next site– or, yes, that iCarly could be a candidate.
Here are some snapshots of the weirdness of more modern TVs Emmy ballot, which is released to the public annually on the date that nomination voting begins. As always, this year’s ballot is filled with puzzling omissions, studio overconfidence, fatal inaccuracies, and thrilling campaign strategy demonstrations.
Any strong candidate, for starters, has to decide how many episodes to submit in the main writer and director category. That is where the forerunners assert dominance and the weaker ones find their narrow path. Because votes don’t count for both nominees and winners, saturating a category too heavily can mean you’re canceling a nod yourself — or, if you manage many people are nominated, even won. This happened to Ted Lasso last year: The leader in overwhelming comedy won three acting and best series trophies, while somehow losing both writer and director Hacks. Why? lariat there are three noms in directing and two in writing, while Hacks—That was the biggest challenge — only one of each. No Hacks votes were split because they only submitted a single episode per category.
The 2022 Emmys will find both Ted lariat and the drama champion Heir defend their title. The second person has proven ingenuity in this genre game. In the first two seasons, HBO spent only one episode writing and won the category both times. It did it again this year with Jesse Armstrongfinal’s night. (lariat while there are two scenarios on the ballot, fewer than last year but still risky to win.) Heir yes six qualifying episodes. The acclaimed TV series won this category in 2020 despite multiple nominations, and has all nominated in their category at the Director Guild of America awards in January. If it can similarly prevail here, it will crush anyone in its way.
Then again, it can also be a sign of overconfidence in a competitively dramatic field (competitors like Squid game just sending an episode to direct). Along those lines, you have to wonder about Ted Lassoof four direct submissions. The challengers return to its main—Hacks, Barry, Atlanta—Also played it conservatively with singles submissions, all but securing their nominations, while the strongest freshmen in Abbott Elementary School and There are only murders in the building imported two episodes each. That is to say none of the two to three of the recent directorial candidates Wonderful thing, Miraculous Mrs. Maiseland Flight attendant. Ted Lasso have the most to gain and, in turn, lose; it can lead the field by noms again, or end up with nothing.
In other words, it’s a basic test of how strong Apple’s breakout is as it grabs a second straight win for best comedy. If Abbott or Only murders pass it here, beware.
A few tidbits from this year’s poll that might surprise you: Emmy Award Winners Bebe Neuwirth strangely has not been sent for her support turn Juliaalthough the show was a critically acclaimed HBO hit, it was likely to appeal strongly to a particular voting demographic. Tim Robinsonlover of I think you should leave was on the ballot, although instead of competing in the varied sketches it seemed to be the best fit, it was submitted in a short series, along with Seth Meyersonline only Corrections extension, Fear the Walking Dead prequel Died in the waterand something called Pandemic Pillow Talk. (Meanwhile, the Sketch series will bring only two nominations again, with just eight shows on the ballot. This system needs to change.)
The best performer category might not be any race acting in a limited series, but an outstanding storyteller, featuring Jessica Chastain, Ruth Negga, Lupita Nyong’o, Helena Bonham Carter, Julianne Moore, Jeff Daniels, Ewan McGregor, and many more (among them, Our amazing national park‘ President Barack Obama.) No need to check the camera! You must also give it to Hacksincluding a series of guest actresses of the controversial killer: Kaitlin Olson, Laurie Metcalf, Harriet Sansom Harris, Susie Essman, and candidates in 2021 Jane Adams. They all have great performances; catalog has long been the domain of Saturday night live The server may just find a new favorite movie.
For the writing, directing, and guest acting categories, the episode’s title and description are listed for all voters to see as they make their choices. This could mean trouble for Abbott Elementary School, submitted his nimble pilot for writing but which, since publication, has confused the summary of the finale below the title. Meanwhile Atlanta guest candidate Liam Neeson will need Academy members to memorize his self-delusional performance, as the episode description includes simply, “Al and Darius walking around Amsterdam. Psssh, I can make a better TV show than this. “Another guest actor, Laura San Giacomo—Who played the theater director in HBO’s Barry—Put it on the ballot but will be considered ineligible whether or not she is nominated; Academy rules require any guest star candidate to appear in less than half of a season’s episodes, and San Giacomo has featured in four of them. Barryis eight. (Guava, Peter MacNicol‘S Veep nomination is revoked for this reason, despite receiving enough votes.)
If I had one hope, it would be Michael Mando will be sent as a guest actor, instead of a support, for his final run Better to call Saul. Historically, voters have used the guest actor categories to recognize a previously unseen cast of veteran actors — including a Better to call Saul star in Michael McKean. That didn’t materialize for Mando. His character Nacho met a tragic end on this season’s longtime favorite Emmy, enough for him to only appear in three of the seven qualifying episodes. AMC still sent him one last time in a support role, a difficult area he can’t seem to cut back on.
It takes a lot of these quirky, specific tricks to make the Emmy vote in your favor.. It’s deep in the weeds, for sure – but bet those who did better on the nomination day tried. tries to do so, in part, by thinking through every inch of the uncanny voter habits.