In the era of Peak TV, shows and actors are much more likely to be snubbed than honored by the Emmys.
Even with seven nominees in most categories, hall-of-fame performances were overlooked in this morning’s Emmy nominations. The critically acclaimed last season of HBO’s The Leftovers was left out in the cold in major categories. Another buzzed-about show that couldn’t get any recognition for its final season: Girls.
Emmy voters lavished love on This Is Us, including nominations for leading men Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, but leading lady Mandy Moore couldn’t crack the highly competitive Best Drama Actress category. There were very pleasant surprises, too. Voters clearly have a long memory, since they reached back to honor last summer’s gritty limited series The Night Of.
Here are the snubs and surprises that jumped out at us.
The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Stephen Colbert and airing on CBS.
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