Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Limited Series

2015 Contenders
24: Live Another Day
A.D.: The Bible Continues
American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Book of Negroes
The Casual Vacancy
The Dovekeepers
The Game
The Honorable Woman
Lizzie Borden Chronicles
The Missing
Olive Kitteridge
One Child
Red Band Society
The Red Tent
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Secrets and Lies
The Slap
Sons of Liberty
Texas Rising
Wolf Hall

Commentary - This race has a bit more heat than the Television Movie race, where I feel like Bessie is solidly in the lead. Olive Kitteridge was the early favorite, and is still my pick for the win, but there are a lot of potentials looking to steal some buzz. The Honorable Woman is not just the Maggie Gyllenhaal show, but received great reviews for its entire cast, and for overall product. American Crime got rave reviews, and despite low ratings, also got renewed. It has a stellar cast, a timely subject matter, and has the broadcast community behind it. American Horror Story: Freak Show was somehow left off of the list for the BTJA, a feat I don't think will be repeated at the Emmys. This show always racks up tons of nods, and will have generous support from both the actors, and the craft categories. Wolf Hall is PBS's answer this year, and its live action adaptation is hoping to sweep the Tonys in a few weeks. Can it be this year's Downton Abbey? 24: Live Another Day got great reviews, and there is still probably a lot of love leftover from the original series, which did win Best Drama Series in its heyday. The Book of Negroes was highly successful for BET this year, and was a huge hit with critics. Its historical appeal and high production values could make it a hit with industry voters as well. The Missing, The Game, and Houdini were all well-reviewed, with star power in the mix. Texas Rising could be this year's Hatfields and McCoys, and never discount the likes of Sons of Liberty, Red Band Society, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Gracepoint, or the inspirational duo of A.D: The Bible Continues and The Dovekeepers.

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