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Dream Emmy Nominees 2017

Next week, the nominees for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced and while I am preparing myself for my typical levels of resignation about the sameness of the nominees year-to-year, I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the shows, actors, and writing from the past year that I have loved. As usual, this is a list made from the shows I have seen at least half a season of over the past year and I am leaving out a lot of likely and worthy nominees that I don’t watch. If you’d like to play along, the official Emmy ballots are located here then head to the comment section to tell me about the things you’d like to see recognized!

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • The Good Place
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Master of None
  • One Day at a Time
  • Speechless

This category is all kinds of ridiculous. Even leaving out favorites like Veep and Atlanta, my original list had 14 potential options and narrowing them down was extremely difficult. This is an excellent time to be a comedy fan. Whether you prefer more traditional network sitcoms or inventive cable and streaming series, there are people doing a lot of very good work in their chosen areas.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • The Crown
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Queen Sugar
  • Rectify
  • Sweet/Vicious
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch a lot of acclaimed drama series. Those I love, I love dearly, but as a whole, “prestige dramas” for lack of a better term are failing to catch my attention. I would love for Rectify to be recognized for an outstanding final season and I know that Sweet/Vicious is truly the longest of long-shots but while I don’t expect them to be nominated, I’d be remiss in not pointing out the excellent work being done by both.

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Dream Emmy Nominees 2016

In a few weeks, the nominees for the 2016 Emmy awards will be announced and as is almost inevitable with the amount of good television right now (and the somewhat repetitive nature of Emmy nominations), there will be a good number of worthy actors and shows that are once again overlooked. I may not have any control over the eventual nominees, but I can take this opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding work I’ve seen over the past year and share the shows I watch that I would love to see recognized.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Catastrophe
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Jane the Virgin
Master of None
Mom
Transparent
You’re the Worst

Wow. What an incredible year it’s been for comedy. There were seven other shows that could have easily been on my own personal list and that’s not counting presumed nominees Veep and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. From the absurdity of Broad City to the diversity of perspective added by Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat to the resurgence of the Norman Lear-style multicam in The Carmichael Show, it’s time for comedy’s moment to shine.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans
Hannibal
Outlander
Penny Dreadful
Rectify
Sense8
UnREAL

I have a type when it comes to acclaimed dramas. I want them to focus on emotion and connection more than I do drama or darkness. I want them to have a specific look and feel that distinguishes them from everything else. And apparently, I want them to be watched by about 10 other people (not including all the critics who loudly love them) because none of these shows have high viewing numbers. If we get very lucky, this may be the year The Americans finally breaks into the nominees, but otherwise, I recognize that this list is just a dream (and a nice set of recommendations for anyone looking for a new show).

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Dream Emmy Nominees

We’re just a couple weeks away from the announcement of the 2015 Emmy nominees and I predict I will be disappointed, as usual, with the people left out. So I’m making my own list of ideal nominees and hope you’ll join me. These aren’t the people I expect to be nominated and I fully recognize that there are many people who will (and should) be nominated from shows that I don’t watch and therefore didn’t include. These are just the people and shows I would love to see recognized that I have enjoyed over the past year.

When you’re done reading, head to the comments to share your dream nominees or talk about any of my picks!

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Broad City
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Looking
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Transparent

Outstanding Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • The 100
  • Masters of Sex
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Orphan Black
  • Rectify

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jonathan Groff as Patrick (Looking)
  • Chris Messina as Danny Castellano (The Mindy Project)
  • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  • Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation)
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (Transparent)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler (Broad City)
  • Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project)
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
  • Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
  • Tracie Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson (Black-ish)
  • Constance Wu as Jessica Huang (Fresh off the Boat)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler (Penny Dreadful)
  • Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon (Empire)
  • Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
  • Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings (The Americans)
  • Michael Sheen as Bill Masters (Masters of Sex)
  • Adan Young as Daniel Holden (Rectify)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Catriona Balfe as Claire Fraser (Outlander)
  • Viola Davis as Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)
  • Eva Green as Vanessa Ives (Penny Dreadful)
  • Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon (Empire)
  • Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Helena, Cosima, Alison, Rachel, and Krystal (Orphan Black)
  • Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
  • Abigail Spencer as Amantha Holden (Rectify)

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