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Amanda Glam
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August 8, 2022

7/29/2022 3:33:00 PM
Amanda's Picks

Amanda Glam
Entertainment Writer

I’m not sure how much the Emmy Awards matter. The audience for the awards that claim to acknowledge the best in television, gets smaller every year, even as the number of shows and networks gets larger.
It’s easy to understand why people are tuning out the Emmys. In the “old days” when there were less than 7,000 networks, everyone had seen the major players.  But who out there has seen Euphoria, Severance, Succession, Ozark, The Staircase, Maid and Stranger Things? If you said yes, you may need a new hobby. Croquet perhaps?
Every year there are the predictable, deserved, pleasantly surprising and “What were they thinking?” nominations. And of course, with more TV than any human can possibly watch, there are inconceivable snubs. Let’s get those out of the way first.
It’s pretty shocking that Blackish did not snag a single major nomination in its eighth and final season. While the show and its stars, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross have been nominated almost every year, they remain winless. I thought they were a sure bet for Emmy love this season.
It’s even more shocking and downright infuriating that NBC’s prestige drama This is Us was snubbed in its final season. Nearly every actor had an Emmy-worthy episode and Mandy Moore as matriarch Rebecca Pearson delivered one of the best performances of the year. Moore has been exceptional through all six seasons of the acclaimed drama as she defiantly and elegantly faced the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease. She and the show should have been a lock for the penultimate episode “The Train.” It was simply the most emotional and impactful hour of scripted TV I saw all year. Also missing in the Best Actress Category, the phenomenal Adrienne Warren from Women of the Movement and Kelly Reilly from Yellowstone.
While Sandra Oh was nominated for Killing Eve, she was snubbed for her excellent work in Netflix’s dramedy The Chair, about the politics of a college English Department. She’s unlikely to win for Killing Eve, but Oh is used to that. She’s winless in 13 nominations.
So who was nominated? The Emmys might have made more room for some new faces if they didn’t nominate the same people multiple  times. Julia Garner scored a nomination for the final season of Ozark (she’s won twice), and for Inventing Anna, and Bill Hader was nominated for four Emmys including three for the HBO  “comedy” Barry.  HBO’s Succession, won 25 nominations, the Apple+ comedy favorite Ted Lasso took home 20, as did the limited series The White Lotus, also on HBO. Basically if you served someone a cup of coffee on The White Lotus, you got an Emmy nomination.
I think the reason I’m feeling so ho-hum about the Emmys is that this year there are entire categories of shows and performances I haven’t seen. I don’t watch Succession or Squid Game and can’t get Showtime’s Yellowjackets. I’m only two episodes into Severance on Apple+ and am a few seasons behind on Better Call Saul.
I know you want to know which of the Emmy nominations pleased me the most, because you care about Amanda’s happiness. Here are my top three:
I have written in a previous column about how much I enjoyed the freshman ABC comedy Abbott Elementary. The show is an audience and critic favorite and picked up a bunch of nominations, including well-deserved nods for acting, writing and producing for show-creator  Quinta Brunson. With Jean Smart a lock to repeat win for Outstanding Actress for Hacks, Brunson’s best shot is for writing. She definitely deserves something for creating a comedy that is warm, real and actually funny (hear that Barry?)
In a very crowded field of eight, I would love to see Hannah Einbinder leave with the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She  stars opposite Smart in Hacks and just holding her own would be an accomplishment but Einbinder in her first major role upped her game in the show’s second season and I would love to see her win.
The Outstanding  Competition Program Emmy has become a regular snoozefest with the same three shows winning the last 10  years and RuPaul’s Drag Race, which I watch and enjoy,  winning the last four. Wouldn’t it be great if Nailed It!, Netflix’s offbeat amateur baking show, broke things up a bit? And  while I’m on that, RuPaul has won the Outstanding Host award six years in a row. He’s great but let’s share the wealth, shall we? Nicole Byer makes Nailed It! more entertaining than it should be or maybe Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, the ridiculously charming hosts of the crafting competition Making It.  
You can see a list of all the nominations at www.emmys.com and the Emmy Awards air on NBC at 8 pm, September 12.

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