It’s that time again, folks! The 2020 Emmy nominations were announced Tuesday, courtesy of host Leslie Jones and presenters Josh Gad, Tatiana Maslany, and Laverne Cox. As per usual, there were some predictable choices. Once again, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the board with nods in several categories. However, there were some pleasant surprises as well.
This year, genre TV is getting the love it so deserves. Now, that’s not to say genre totally dominated the Emmy nominations, but the Television Academy is recognizing a number of genre shows for its 2020 Emmys ceremony. Among the contenders, there’s FX’s What We Do in the Shadows. In fact, the supernatural mockumentary managed to snag a Best Comedy Series nod as well. Freshman series The Mandalorian, Watchmen, and Star Trek: Picard also received nominations. Not to mention, Emmys household name Westworld received a handful of nods along with a slew of other HBO shows.
So, does this mean the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is finally acknowledging genre’s impact on TV and pop culture as a whole? Here’s hoping the answer is “yes.” While the above certainly took me by surprise, namely What We Do in the Shadows, it’s also quite clear that these are considered “popular shows.” Perhaps the Television Academy is merely trying to fulfill a certain status quo. Or maybe we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth and just be glad good genre TV is actually getting its time in the limelight.
You can check out the full list of 2020 Emmy Nominations here.
The 2020 Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20th on your ABC affiliate.
This was originally published on 7/28/20
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