The nominations for Emmy 2018 are out and there are some major things to be angry about. In TV’s platinum era, there is obviously a lot of variety to choose from. But, in doing so the more obvious picks get marginalized while some age-old shows make redundant appearances. Let’s take a look at a few masterpieces that have been brushed aside by Emmys 18.
The Good Place for the Outstanding Comedy Show Award
This is ideally the most underrated “forking” comedies on TV, which deserved heavenly reception for two stellar seasons. After being controversially left out by The Emmys 2017, The Good Place has been jinxed for the second time by not receiving ample nominations. The diehard fan base of this NBC comedy sings praises for the show to heavens. And, critics were rooting on this masterful, hugely satisfying show to standout in the race for Outstanding Comedy Series. Death, aftermath, hell; these sound like a perfect setup for some Sci-Fi thriller right? Nope, The Good Place smartly merges these themes into a whip-smart comedy, starring virtuosos like Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in its main cast. From Eleanor’s unethical slips to Chidi’s ethical dilemmas, from Michael’s’ devilish idiosyncrasies to Janet’s cheery liveliness; everything about the show justifies the fanatic behavior of its loyal audience.
Comic mammoths like Veep and Master of None are now out of the picture. And, this was an auspicious moment for The Good Place to shine. The Good Place has repeatedly grabbed Critic’s Choice Awards and is regularly nominated at Saturn Awards. However, The Emmys largely exclude it from the scene. Though the number of Emmy nominations went up from none to two, I’d still say that there is a divine lack of representation for The Good Place at The Emmys.
Alias Grace for the Outstanding Limited Series Award
The other show based on a Margaret Atwood novel deserves a great round of applause. The only explanation to Alias Grace not getting an Emmy nomination is that we had last seen the show in November 2017. The submission still deserved adequate consideration, but okay, out of sight out of mind. Otherwise, Alias Grace was a very Emmy material.
The show would have lost against the grander Patrick Melrose, but it would still have had an edge over Godless and Genius. Atwood’s adaptation catalog always has us stoned. It is never anything short of brilliant. Same is the case for Alias Grace. With a gripping storyline and Sarah Gadon’s angelic portrayal, it is indeed sad that the series was left out of the race.
Estelle Parsons for Outstanding Guest Appearance in a Comedy Series Award
At 90, Parsons probably gives more show than actors today gives at their prime 40s. Parsons is by far Roseanne’s favorite guest star. The character was loved so much in the original Roseanne that despite being a guest star who was supposed to make one or two appearances per season, she was included as a recurring character who’d feature in up to 16 episodes at times. Currently, Laurie Metcalf holds a nomination for the same episode which featured Parsons. And, it was undoubtedly the best episode of Roseanne’s Reboot season.
Parsons plays Roseanne snobbish, nosy, judgmental mother Beverly. A rich dame with a loathsome attitude, Beverly failed to raise her children the way she should have. And now, when her daughters are all grown up, she tries to intermingle in their private affairs, causing them a great deal of irritation. Parsons gets repeatedly neglected as doyen maybe because she has failed to campaign herself better at a feeble age. But if Emmys are about honoring talent they need to honor Beverly Harris.
Killing Eve for the Outstanding Drama Series Award
Sandra Oh became the first woman of Asian origin to be nominated for best actress in a drama in Emmy history. But, this is not enough representation for a tour de force show with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. For a show that tackles bloody gore and light-hearted warmth with the same skill and intensity, not receiving an Emmy nod is embarrassing. The show has offered, throughout both of its seasons, numerous surprises and delight. The idea that Emmy would nominate favorites despite their mediocre seasons is probably a reason why Eve sits out of this race.