Best Limited Series
Escape at Dannemora
When They See Us
Other Contenders - A Very English Scandal, True Detective, The Act, Catch-22, Les Miserables, Maniac, Good Omens, I Am the Night, Dirty John, Mrs. Wilson, The Little Drummer Girl
Commentary - I think this is a race between nine series for five slots. When The See Us and Chernobyl started this race outside the line. Then they both came on so strong, with such rave reviews and buzz, there is a good chance that the race for this Emmy comes down to those two. Throw in Escape from Dannemora and you have a three-way race for the ages. I also think Sharp Objects is still solid, with HBO backing it. Fosse/Verdon is vulnerable, as critical and audience ratings were not great (good, but not great). However, the show business angle, and the name recognition should help it make the cut. But there is stiff competition. A Very English Scandal should be in this race for just how damn good it was. The Act has the shock factor, and True Detective had a good season. I suspect surprises come Emmy nomination morning.
Best Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Deadwood: The Movie
Other Contenders - My Dinner with Herve, The Romanoffs: End of the Line, The Romanoffs: House of Special Purpose, The Romanoffs: The Violet Hour, Sense 8: Amor Vincit Omnia, Icebox, O.G., Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
Commentary - A really weak race overall, still has six possibilities for five slots. I think Deadwood: The Movie, the best reviewed and most recent contender has the edge. Black Mirror could win this again. But Bandersnatch was not well-received, and the latest episodes that premiered during Emmy voting, were down right awful. That hurts it. Brexit has long been forgotten, but British + Benedict Cumberbatch + HBO might get it in with so few choices. King Lear is PBS with legendary actors. Once again, in a weak race, that might be enough. Finally, I think it is between two HBO productions. My Dinner with Herve is the more popular of the two, but Native Son is much better. I think voters will recognize quality.