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While HBO’s Game of Thrones and Veep will get their time in the Emmys spotlight for their final seasons, two other high-profile past Emmy favorites that wrapped up their series runs this year didn’t get nominated in major categories this time around.
Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was completely shut out for the six-episode second half of its fourth and final season after previously earning Emmy nominations for every season for which it was eligible, including the first half of the show’s fourth season, which dropped in May 2018. Similarly, onetime Emmy favorite The Big Bang Theory, after wrapping up its 12-season run on CBS earlier this year, earned only three nominations, all in lower-profile categories and failing to receive a nod for best comedy series or star Jim Parsons’ performance.
Similarly, previous awards darling Orange Is the New Black, which wraps up its seven-season run on Netflix later this summer, only earned one nomination this year, for guest actress Laverne Cox.
Other noteworthy past Emmy favorites that weren’t nominated this year include Better Things, Grace and Frankie (except for a costume nod), Veep supporting actor Matt Walsh, American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson, Mom‘s Allison Janney and Black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross. Black-ish also missed out on a best comedy series nomination for the first time since 2015.
HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher was left out of the best variety talk series category, as was NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. Meyers’ show was nominated for writing for a variety series.
CBS All Access’ Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight, hasn’t gotten the same awards attention as its predecessor, and the same was true on Tuesday morning with the series, including star Christine Baranski, shut out again despite effusive praise from critics.
Showtime’s Kidding was also shut out, with star Jim Carrey failing to earn a best actor in a comedy series mention.
While Dead to Me star Christina Applegate did earn a best comedy actress nomination, the Netflix show itself was shut out apart from that nod. Other high-profile new series not nominated in major categories include Hulu’s Catch-22; Amazon’s Forever and the Julia Roberts starrer Homecoming (not to be confused with the Beyoncé special of the same name); Comedy Central’s The Other Two; Netflix’s Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj and Sex Education; and FX’s What We Do in the Shadows.
Roberts responded to her lack of a nomination on Instagram, sharing a screen shot of a news alert that said neither she, George Clooney nor Emma Stone received Emmy nods this year. “Well, I’m in exceptional company at least,” the actress wrote.
In terms of specific actors, a lack of nominations for Veep‘s Timothy Simons, Fleabag‘s Andrew Scott, Bodyguard‘s Richard Madden and Pose‘s trio of trans lead actresses — Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore — may have left some pundits scratching their heads.
While Showtime’s Who Is America? earned three nominations, including for best variety sketch series, Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t earn the best actor in a comedy series nomination he had sought.
Hulu’s The Act and HBO’s True Detective were somewhat surprisingly left out of the best limited series category but earned nominations for their stars, while Netflix’s The Kominsky Method was snubbed in the best comedy series category but earned nominations for its stars. Conversely, HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie and Succession were nominated for best TV movie and drama series honors, respectively, but not for their stars’ performances.
And while NBC’s The Good Place did quite well with five noms, including one for star Ted Danson, he’s the only series regular to receive an acting mention. (Maya Rudolph did receive a nomination for guest actress in a comedy series for her role as The Judge.)
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