Without a doubt, the limited series area has become perhaps the most prestigious, and certainly the richest, of all categories in the Emmy program. There’s also no doubt that the range of limited series nominees – with only five allowed instead of the eight in the expanded comedy and drama series – is also limited, and there’s movement to align it with those categories. . They definitely should, because it’s a category that continues to explode with contenders representing the best work on television today. Four of the five nominees this year — including three from upstart Hulu — revolve around real people. And then there’s the Outlier, which stands out as the complete opposite of the rest but has earned by far the most nominations.
Danny Strong’s critically acclaimed look at America’s opioid crisis, and the corrupt Big Pharma corporation behind much of it, is certainly powerful television, a project that its creator says transformed him. from a simple TV screenwriter-producer to an activist. Winner of a Peabody Award and a host of nominations from major guilds and critics groups, it has amassed 14 nominations in total for the Emmys, and due to its expert execution and timely subject matter, it is considered a favorite to win big. But there is deadly competition that may well complicate matters.
giving Dope a run for his money is another crime story from Hulu, this one centering on Elizabeth Holmes, who faked her way to the top. She not only swindled millions from her many backers, but also, as in the case of the story behind Dope, has created a public health hazard. Liz Meriweather was the showrunner who focused on this complex woman, a Stanford dropout determined to be the next Steve Jobs. It’s a tough show to pull off, because Holmes’ story is still being told.
Another devious crime is depicted in this limited series where a Russian-born woman posing as a wealthy German heiress is at the center of a scheme to extract hundreds of thousands of dollars from the wealthy in pursuit of her own ambitions. in New York high society. . Shonda Rhimes created and executive produced this series which starred Julia Garner in the lead role and was perhaps the most surprising entry here as it edged out another Netflix limited series, The maid, to win this location. With only three nominations, this is probably the longest shot of the five.
Pam and TommyHulu
This Hulu entry is the well-received series that swings between comedy and drama as it chronicles the whirlwind courtship, marriage, and life of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. And, of course, the notorious sex tape they made that became a worldwide viral sensation and was the subject of a criminal case when it was stolen and distributed. With superb performances from Lily James and Sebastian Stan, this highly entertaining series perfectly achieved its goals and landed a top spot in the Emmy race. He also landed nine other nominations.
The White LotusHBO
Despite premiering a year ago, this quirky and wickedly fun eight-part limited series from writer-director Mike White immediately became a much-watched and talked-about hit both inside and outside the industry. . Focusing on a group of self-obsessed vacationers at a Hawaiian resort, it not only provided choice characters for a crackerjack cast – eight of whom landed their own Emmy nominations – but also the most of nominees in the category this year with 20 nominations. Plus, it’s HBO’s only strong competitor here against Hulu’s three that could very well split the votes. But does it seem too light to win in the end?
THE PREDICTED WINNER: THE WHITE LOTUS (but it’s a photo finish with ‘Dopesick’ so…)