The television industry’s night of nights is upon us once again with the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Stream all the glamour and excitement live from 10am (AEST) this Monday 23 September on Foxtel Now – and catch up on this year’s must-see TV with some of our favourite nominated shows available now on Telstra TV.
Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)
One of the most anticipated and talked-about final seasons in television history, GAME OF THRONES ended its eight-season run this year with a gobsmacking conclusion and some standout performances from its vast ensemble cast. Based on the bestselling novels by George R.R. Martin, the hybrid medieval fantasy/political drama series has enjoyed a huge fan base, thanks to its impressive mix of action, high-end drama and cinematic special effects. Receiving a record-breaking total of 161 Emmy nominations to date, this year it earned another record with 32 nominations in both the Primetime Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys combined. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for fan favourites Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and directing nominations for David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik to name just a few.
When They See Us (Netflix)
Picking up eleven Primetime Emmy nominations this year is the critically-acclaimed miniseries WHEN THEY SEE US, following the harrowing true story of the Central Park Five case that saw five innocent African-American youths wrongfully convicted of a savage attack on a jogger in New York City. Nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, director Ava DuVernay is also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series. Twenty-one-year old Jharrel Jerome’s moving portrayal of Korey Wise has earned the actor a well-deserved nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series category, while Asante Blackk, John Leguizamo, Michael K. Williams, Linda McCray and Vera Famiga have all received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress.
Chernobyl (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)
Another strong contender in the Limited Series category is CHERNOBYL, the breathtaking five-part dramatic retelling of the infamous 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine. The tensely gripping series is widely praised not only for its realistic depiction of the meltdown and the ensuing fallout but also for its expert examination of the bureaucratic failures that led to the catastrophe reaching unimaginable proportions. Jared Harris is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role as nuclear physicist Valery Legasov, while Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson are nominated in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories for their portrayals of Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk respectively. Writer Craig Mazin is also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series.
Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video)
It’s no surprise that the intelligently witty British comedy FLEABAG is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Creator and lead actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has received rave reviews for both seasons of the show, each offering a hilariously deadpan take on the slightly tragic life of a single woman in London as she grapples with friendship, family and love interests. The second season is this year also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Waller-Bridge is a strong contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her brilliantly nuanced portrayal of the titular character. Sian Clifford is also nominated for Supporting Actress in the role of Fleabag’s sister Claire, while British acting royalty Olivia Colman is her challenger in the same category for the character of Godmother.
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer compete for the title of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their superb performances in the second season of KILLING EVE. Oh stars as Eve Polastri, a British intelligence agent tasked with tracking down deadly assassin Villanelle (played by Comer) – the pair becoming completely consumed with each other in a perilously thrilling game of hide and seek. Fiona Shaw is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of MI6 Head Carolyn Martens (while also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in Fleabag) and Lisa Brühlmann is nominated for Outstanding Directing for her work on the season’s fourth episode, ‘Desperate Times’.
Veep (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)
Another highly-lauded HBO series finishing up this year with seventeen Emmy wins already under its belt is the hilariously astute political sitcom, VEEP. Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series is Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the perpetually frustrated Vice President (and eventual President) and Selina Meyer – the self-centred Commander in Chief who struggles to gain and maintain power as she comes up against a never-ending stream of comically prescient political problems, as well as stumbling blocks caused by her own witlessly incompetent team. As well as leading the pack in the contenders for Outstanding Comedy Series this year, much-loved cast members Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky are also nominated for their Supporting roles as bag man Gary Walsh and Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer. Peter MacNicol is also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, while David Mandel is nominated for Outstanding Writing on the series finale.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
The one to beat – taking home last year’s prize for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as the awards for Lead Actress (Rachel Brosnahan), Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein), and Writing and Directing (Amy Sherman-Palladin) – is the charmingly fearless comedy THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Set in 1950s Manhattan, the series stars Brosnahan as Midge Maisel – a jilted Jewish housewife turned stand-up comic, hustling to get a foothold in a male-dominated industry with the help of her hot-tempered manager Susie (Borstein). The second season of the series is again up for all of the aforementioned comedy awards (except for Writing), as well as Supporting Actor and Actress roles for Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s parents. And look out for season three, streaming from 6 December on Amazon Prime Video.
Better Call Saul (Stan, Telstra TV Box Office)
With news of the imminent release of ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ on Netflix from 11 October, Vince Gilligan fans have plenty to look forward to in the lead up to season five of the Breaking Bad prequel series, BETTER CALL SAUL – set to return to our screens in 2020. This year, the fourth season of this exceptional crime drama has garnered five Emmy nominations – including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the shady Albuquerque lawyer who eventually becomes the eponymous Saul Goodman. Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito are nominated for their notable Supporting performances as Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring, while the series itself is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Writers Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz are nominated for their work on the tenth and final episode of the season.
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