1 2 3 4 OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES OUTSTANDING COMEDY OUTSTANDING DRAMA OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK ○ ○ ○ (HBO) ○ (Hulu) ○ (HBO) (Hulu) ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ (FX) ○ ○ (CBS All Access) ○ ○ ○ ○ (AMC) ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ (Showtime) (Showtime) (Showtime) (Showtime) (Showtime) Watchmen Better Things Better Call Saul Desus & Mero (NBC) Castle Rock Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Good Fight Desus & Mero (AMC) (HBO) (Netflix) The Plot Against America Lodge 49 Desus & Mero (HBO) (Epix) Los Espookys My Brilliant Friend Desus & Mero Little Fires Everywhere Never Have I Ever Perpetual Grace LTD Desus & Mero (FX) (Hulu) Pose Ramy (Netflix) (HBO) Unbelievable Succession Some of these picks will likely wind up on the ballot: The superb is nominated every season; HBO won’t need a blood sacrifice to get votes for and Billy Porter’s win last year may propel into another nomination. But there’s no room for returning dramas whose quality is in decline (see: Veep’s Doll Marvelous Mrs. Maisel gone. and took the year off. It almost doesn’t matter what gets nominated here, because Lindelof’s revelatory “remix” of the comic series—looks as unbeatable as Dr. Manhattan. and gripping tales of women defying destiny, are also deserving front-runners. Voters should leave a slot for a chilling and never-more-timely period piece about a country destroying itself from within. And those dirty birds better recognize the horror-mashup greatness of season 2, which pitted Annie Wilkes against an undead army from The usual Jimmys have already agreed (allegedly allegedly allegedly) to once again lose to Open your third eye, Emmy voters, and celebrate the ecstatic achievements of instead! In their first full year on Showtime, Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker and Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez kept the brand strong with raucous banter while they collected presidential-candidate interviews like Pokémon. And the duo transitioned to homecasting better than any other late-night series, officiating a socially distant Rona wedding over Zoom that left us in tears. Barry Russian Maybe should’ve, too? We’re imagining a master class of first-time nominees, like the sprightly teen friendcom and the horrorcharged farce The sophomore years of (R.I.P.!) and balanced thoughtful spirituality with laugh-out-loud whimsy. got best-er with age in a season about growing older. And with all due respect to it’s time for Watchmen—Damon Better Call Saul (1) Last Week Tonight. Succession; Unbelievable Little Fires, Never Have Desus & Mero Pose I Ever (2) (4) Los Espookys. Lodge (3), 49 Ramy The Plot Against America The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve). The Good Fight Not when is still turning harrowing reality into shrewd satire. season 2 was an oasis of sumptuous emotion, and con-job caper is the funniest meditation on redemption that you’ve never seen. Better Things My Brilliant Friend The Good Place, Brooklyn NineNine Castle Rock Misery’s network mate to take its place in the best-comedy lineup. Perpetual Salem’s Lot. JULY 2020 48 EW ● COM
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