2022 Emmys Directing Predictions (Limited Series or TV Movie)


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UPDATED: August 11, 2022



Hiro Murai, “Wheel of Fire” – “Station Eleven” (HBO)

HBO’s “Station Eleven” momentum accelerated and led to surprises in the director category and with chief Himesh Patel being mentioned. With Murai’s dual name and “Atlanta,” voters may be more inclined to check off his name.

Danny Strong, “The People vs. Purdue Pharma” – “Dopesick” (Hulu)

A former winner of “Game Change” (2012), Strong is an Academy favorite, as evidenced by his three nominations for “Dopesick.” It feels like he should walk away with at least one of the trophies, and that seems like the place to reward drama.

Mike White – Series – “The White Lotus” (HBO)

Supporting an entire series is no small feat. Former “Amazing Race” and “Survivor” contestant Mike White, who also wrote the anthology, is the only one on the roster with those credentials. Also, a lighter selection for the TV Academy to make, he could be a slam dunk winner in prospect.

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Michael Showalter, “Green Juice” – “The Stall” (Hulu)

One of the double dips for ‘The Dropout’, Showalter seems most likely to have a winning moment, after a year leading ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’. Could he guide “Dropout” star Amanda Seyfried to an Emmy win the same year he guided Jessica Chastain to an Oscar win?

Francesca Gregorini, “Iron Sisters” – “The Stall” (Hulu)

Gregorini is the programming’s only female director and has been an established presence in Hollywood for years after helming episodes of “Killing Eve.” She has many exciting projects ahead. This type of recognition will only elevate his status and his chance of landing more projects.

John Wells, “Sky Blue” – “MAID” (Netflix)

One of the only nominees from a show that shockingly fell short in several tough categories, the tough subject may help keep Wells, the beloved veteran showrunner, somewhat in the discussion. Winning can be too high a hurdle to jump.

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The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 and will air on NBC.

2021 Category Winner: Scott Frank for “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)


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And the nominees are:
Rank Spectacle Network Director(s)
1 “Dopesick” Hulu danny strong
Episode: “The People vs. Purdue Pharma”
2 “The White Lotus” HBO Mike White
Episode: The whole series
3 “Station Eleven” HBO Hiro Murai
Episode: “Wheel of Fire”
4 “The Stall” Hulu Michael Showalter
Episode: “Green Juice”
5 “The Stall” Hulu Francesca Gregorini
Episode: “Iron Sisters”
6 “HOUSEMAID” netflix John Wells
Episode: “Sky Blue”

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About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmys, better known as Emmys, are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American prime-time television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (recognizes achievement in craftsmanship), and Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant contributions in engineering and technology). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy has over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors, and various craftsmen and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 and will air on NBC.

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