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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Television Movie   Leave a comment

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And we’re back! As another TV year ends, a new Emmy season begins! For the next month leading to the Primetime Emmys on September 20, we will be covering 30 different races ranging from dramas to comedies up to reality shows and variety sketches! This year, we begin with one of the easiest races of the night… Outstanding Television Movie.

It’s a tad ironic that this category has six nominees this year considering how weak the year for TV Movie was. But if you look at the nominated works this year, two out of these six are individual nominations for their shows. National Geographic Channel received another nod for their Klling trilogy, this time it’s the religious themed Killing Jesus, which surprised me how low key it was that it didn’t even receive nominations for costumes or even hair styling.

Then there’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case, which obviously signifies the last episode of this 25-year long TV adaptation. After 13 seasons and 70 episodes, the series ends with Curtain, where Poirot goes back to the setting of the first episode back in 1989. It seemed like the sentiment is strong with this one to get a nomination, but not enough for a win.

HBO has three nominations for this year, which is one more than their usual, but two of those are really minor. Nightingaledespite getting a Lead Actor nom for David Oyelowo, failed to receive any traction outside of that when it could have been an easy bet in directing and writing too. Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies: The Movie received Screenplay nomination outside of TV Movie, but nothing else aside from that. Also, this could be seen as lightweight as compared to the other contenders.

But really, this category won’t be complete without mentioning Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. The journey of this flop Nicole Kidman starrer about the biopic of Oscar winning actress turned princess Grace Kelley is astounding to say the least. What started as a prime Oscar contender in 2013 was suddenly canceled and moved to March 2014 only to be given a second life as the Cannes opener in 2014. But then, it was welcomed with no open arms until it was announced to be debuting on Lifetime earlier this year. When you think about it, I won’t be surprised if this starts the trend of failed Oscar bait films moving to TV to snatch Emmy nominations instead.

Then again, this category is basically Bessie‘s to lose. Receiving 12 nominations including three acting nods plus writing and directing, this HBO vehicle about the life of legendary blues figure Bessie Smith stands out from the rest of this mediocre pack. Had this been a feature film, it would have been in the running for some Oscars and not the other way around.

To predict an alternate is a bit misleading considering that Bessie is far and away ahead here. Might as well go with Grace of Monaco to troll the hell out of this boring category. Bottom line is, it’s another year and another HBO movie winning (and deservedly so).

PREDICTION: Bessie (HBO)
ALTERNATE: Grace of Monaco (Lifetime) — LMAO

Full rankings:
01. “Bessie
02. “Grace of Monaco
03. “Hello Ladies: The Movie
04. “Killing Jesus
05. “Nightingale
06. “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case

Check in soon to see the rest of my 2015 Emmy prediction analysis. You can also follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

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66th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Television Movie   Leave a comment

Hi everyone. Like last year, I will be hosting a series of comprehensive Emmy discussion and analysis as I predict 30 of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards categories. It will be done in the next few days leading up to the actual ceremony on August 25. For this year, we will be doing all comedy, drama, longform, and reality categories as we learn more about the submissions for most of them. Let’s begin with one of the easiest calls for the night… Outstanding TV Movie!

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After three years of being combined, this year marked the separation of the television movies from the miniseries. While this isn’t the actual ideal year to do that (given the lack of legit contenders for both), we still managed to come up with a decent batch of nominees here.

NatGeo finally had their first contender in the history of this category via Killing Kennedy, a topic that hasn’t been done to death among TV movies yet (note the sarcasm). This film, which was an adaptation of the 2012 non-fiction title, focused on the point of view of former Marine Lee Oswald leading up to the infamous assassination of President Kennedy. This film surprisingly has managed to keep its buzz afloat among the guilds earning WGA, SAG, and DGA nods for it. However, I’m inclined to believe that it will have a hard time getting nominated had there been a combined TV movie/Miniseries category this year.

The first HBO contender we have is Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest FightLike Killing Kennedy, I really don’t think it will be nominated in a combined longform category, and the only thing it has in its advantage is that from HBO. Heck this can’t even be compared to the lesser HBO films like You Don’t Know JackHemingway & Gellhorn, Bernard & Doris, or Live From Baghdad since those films managed to reap up nods and would have managed to have the prime HBO slot in any other year. This one is simply non-existent which leads me to…

Fret not HBO since we all know what your priority is. It’s Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart. Based from the Tony winning material of the same name, this is definitely the top tier contender from this year’s batch of TV movies. It has well known names attached to it, it is political, historical, and socially relevant. It is star studded, produced by Brad Pitt, and got really great reviews. Like there’s not much competition for it already.

Probably in its most successful Emmy nom haul yet (with 12 nominations), it really amazes me why Sherlock: His Last Vowrefuses to campaign in Miniseries and just choose one episode to pass as a TV movie. Sure the length might fool you, but in a year where TV movies are being separated from miniseries, this doesn’t make much sense. Then again, it probably won’t hear its name be called either way, but I guess they should consider moving to Miniseries in their next years especially given the weak competition there.

And the token Lifetime slot here goes to the 2014 adaptation of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful. It’s one of Lifetime’s stronger efforts in a long time, so a part of me is quite shocked that it only received two nominations. It seems like it was really just seen as the Cicely Tyson show than awarding the TV movie altogether.

By now you should have easily guessed what would win here. Yep, The Normal Heart will win this in a cakewalk. I think there will be at least a competition of some sort had it battled with the miniseries, but the separation is a blessing in disguise for the whole team. I really don’t see a scenario where it loses in the end, and for what its worth, it really is deserving of its Emmy win.

PREDICTION: The Normal Heart (HBO)
ALTERNATE: Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

Full rankings:
01. “The Normal Heart
02. “Sherlock: His Last Vow
03. “The Trip to Bountiful
04. “Killing Kennedy
05. “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

There you have it! Check in soon to see the rest of the 2014 Emmy prediction analysis. You can also follow me on Twitter: @nikowl