Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Emmy Contenders: Best TV Movie/Miniseries

2012 Contenders
Game Change
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway and Gelhorn
Great Expectations
The Hour
Page Eight
Appropriate Adult
The Space Between
Moby Dick
Have a Little Faith
The River
Treasure Island
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
The Song of Lunch
Of Two Minds
Bag of Bones
Certain Prey
Drew Peterson: Untouchable
Commentary - Not the greatest year for movies and miniseries, but despite that, there are still some strong contenders. Probably the strongest is Game Change, with great reviews, lots of press, and some stunning performances, it is the one to beat. Hemingway and Gelhorn has been getting too many mixed reviews probably for a win, but still may squeak out of nomination. American Horror Story made the switch, and it will probably work in its favor, unless the stuffy Television Academy thinks that it is too much for them. Hatfields & McCoys had some decent to mixed reviews, but now that it has become the highest rated, non-sports program in cable history, it will probably rack up on popularity alone. Luther only managed a nomination for Idris Elba last year, but with a weaker competition, it could get in. Beyond these, there are a slew of good British productions, all with great pedigrees and casts, and great reception including Great Expectations, The Hour, Appropriate Adult, and Page Eight. All could get in, or just a few, as the nomination announcement get closer, I will do a better job of dissecting which ones are the biggest contenders among the bunch. Remember that a stately British miniseries beat out the big, bold HBO production, leading to its renewal as a regular drama series.

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