Sunday, May 17, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best TV Movie

2015 Contenders
Agatha Christie's Poirot's: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case
Away and Back
Derek: The Final Chapter
Foyle's War: Elise, The Final Mystery
Hello Ladies: The Movie
Killing Jesus
One Christmas Eve
Outlaw Prophet
A Poet in New York
Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Worricker: Salting the Battlefield

Commentary - The split in TV Movie and Limited Series was a great idea, as it really benefited the Limited Series category which has exploded in recent years. Unfortunately, it leaves  a bit of a weak spot on the TV Movie side. Don't get me wrong, some years are incredibly strong, and this year has some great choices, but there are also some duds that could crack the top five. For example, I think that Killing Jesus will follow in the footsteps of Killing Kennedy, despite poor reviews or the middling Stockholm, Pennsylvania could slip in with its powerhouse cast. Whitney also had mixed reactions, but Angela Bassett is an Emmy favorite, and the sentimentality of the film could sway some voters. But then there are titles like Bessie, which premiered last night on HBO to great reviews and its HBO counterpart Nightingale, which has yet to be reviewed, but looks like a great platform for its star David Oyelowo. The Brits, for their part, are hoping to breakthrough with a litany of possibilities. Long-running popular shows Poirot and Foyle's War have two entries this year, both supposedly the finales, A Poet in New York premiered on BBC America to rave reviews from critics, and Salting the Battlefield hopes to go where Page Eight could not. Finally, there could be some humor in the mix as Derek and Hello Ladies, two short-lived series, ended their runs with feature-length films, both getting tons of good vibes and buzz.

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