The 69th Primetime Emmy Nominations are coming out tomorrow!
Can you tell I’m kinda excited?
You know I love me some TV. Sometimes even more than I love movies, as a matter of fact. I recently made a list of movie recommendations and stuff I really want to check out. There are 37 series on the list. So far.
Anyway, the nominations are out tomorrow and while certain things seem like a foregone conclusion (Big Little Lies, y’all), there are still some spaces for a few surprises. Oh, and there are some big openings this year with shows like Game of Thrones being ineligible because they didn’t show any new episodes during the eligibility period. Like, whoa.
Here are 10 things I really, REALLY hope will happen tomorrow when the Primetime Emmy Award Nominations are announced. I don’t think most of them are being seriously predicted by anyone in the know. But any one of these would make me literally jump for joy.
1. Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs
I have been very vocal about my adoration for “The Goldbergs.” Well, the woman at the head of my favorite TV family deserves a nomination. For serious. She is amazing. I love her. So, so much.
2. Best Comedy Series: The Goldbergs
I mean, yeah, Mama Goldberg is the stand out in the cast. But I love everything about this show. It perfectly captures both the awesomeness of life in the 80s as well as that totally 80s TV show thing where there always has to be a sweet, touching life lesson at the end of each episode. But they do it in a way that isn’t making fun of that. It’s the best form of nostalgia ever. LOVE IT.
3. Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Minnie Driver, Speechless
Another series I’ve talked about a lot. I LOVE THIS SHOW. It’s so good. So, so good. Wickedly funny, refreshingly honest. This series has renewed my girl crush on Minnie Driver.
4. Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
If you were into “Breaking Bad,” you really should be watching “Better Call Saul.” It’s a MUCH different vibe. These are SO not the same show. But they are both SO good. What’s genius about “Better Call Saul” is the fact that it knows it’s the prequel to “Breaking Bad,” and acts accordingly. But it never overplays its hand. One of the reasons the show works so well is supporting actress Rhea Seehorn. Her Kim Wexler has been vital to the story from the beginning, but this latest season was a huge boost for Seehorn and she got the chance to really show what she’s capable of. Bob Odenkirk is certainly the star of the show, but Rhea Seehorn is his perfect opposite in every way.
5. Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
When people think about the supporting players in “Better Call Saul,” it’s easy to focus on the characters that will become major players in the “Breaking Bad” storyline. Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut is awesome. Giancarlo Esposito is great although really should be considered a guest star this season. But holy crap. Michael McKean was AMAZING. Like, I seriously wanted to murder the guy multiple times throughout the show and that’s just because he’s SO good at being SO terrible. Especially when you look at the reason he’s terrible. The character of Chuck McGill is so well written, but McKean’s performance just makes it super top notch.
6. Best Actor in a Drama Series: Justin Theroux, The Leftovers
Okay, let’s just get the obvious out of the way. Justin Theroux is really, really, ridiculously good looking. But it turns out the dude can seriously act, too. I was SUPER late to “The Leftovers,” but I’m so glad I jumped in because it’s a really good show. Really good. And a big part of the reason is its moral center, Justin Theroux’s Kevin Garvey. I never realized how much I loved him until I got to this show. I finally finished last night and I want to just start it over again because he’s so great.
7. Best Actress in a Drama Series: Carrie Coon, The Leftovers
The other reason “The Leftovers” worked so well? Carrie Coon. Seriously. She’s so great. I LOVE that the finale was mostly focused on her so that her performance as Nora Durst really got to shine. I don’t even really know how to explain why she’s so good without giving away key details of the show. But seriously. She deserves a nomination, if not the win.
8. Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Carrie Coon, Fargo
Can you tell that I’m seriously loving Carrie Coon these days? She stars in season 3 of “Fargo,” which is an anthology series based in the same world as the movie. In fact, if you haven’t watched the show, there are a lot more tie-ins to the movie than I ever expected. Anyway, each season is a different cast and different story and it’s good. This season started out amazing, but I wasn’t super thrilled with the way it ended. BUT, Carrie Coon’s Deputy Gloria Burgle is just fantastic. With some big limited series in the mix, it would be easy for Carrie Coon to fall by the wayside, but I super hope that doesn’t happen.
9. Best Drama Series: The Leftovers
Okay, so I’ve gone on and on about the stars, but “The Leftovers” is this awesome show from HBO that is three seasons start to finish. So it’s not a huge time commitment, just FYI. Basically, 2% of the world’s population vanish in what comes to be called the Sudden Departure. Three years later, everyone left behind still struggles to figure out how to deal with it and continue their lives. It’s so good. What I love is that the mystery of what happened is definitely there and (sort of) gets answered in the end, but it’s really more about the surviving it than about what happened. It’s so good.
10. Best Actor in a Drama Series: Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel
Here’s the thing. “Bates Motel” is not a good show. It started off as a guilty pleasure for me, but by the end it just made me irrationally angry. However, there’s no way I can deny that Freddie Highmore was fantastic. It’s got to be a really tough task to perform so well when the story is going in the totally wrong direction, but he was awesome and deserves the recognition. Even though it means acknowledging the show’s awful final season.