Zachary FR Anderson’s Emmy predictions (2015)

Originally posted on on Sept 20, 2015

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmys will be broadcasted on Fox on Sept. 20. Here are the nominees and Express resident critic Zachary FR Anderson’s predictions.

Outstanding Comedy Series Nominees:

  • Louie (FX)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  • Silicon Valley (HBO)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
  • Veep (HBO)
  • Zachary’s pick: Transparent (Amazon): More drama than comedy (occupying the grey area between the two), “Transparent” is a groundbreaking program that at its heart is about the inner drama of an upper-class Jewish family. Writer Jill Soloway has quilted every personal strain of her being into this excellent example of assimilating LGBTQ+ culture into the mainstream.

Outstanding Drama Series Nominees:

  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Zachary’s pick: Orange is the New Black (Netflix): This year, the rules have changed. Series are considered dramas if they have a runtime of 1 hour while comedies are defined as any programs running for half an hour. At its heart “Orange is the New Black” is a comedy, yet in season three of this binge-worthy program about women in prison, the drama is emphasized on a level not seen before. Writer Jenji Kohan possesses the ability to generate the audience’s empathy for her characters while at the same time allowing them to organically interact with each other.

 Outstanding Variety Talk Series Nominees:

  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Zachary’s pick: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): With the recent departure of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert from the realm of political satire, John Oliver has successfully taken over where they left off. Only 50 episodes and two seasons into his show and Oliver and the “Last Week Tonight” writing staff have already been able to poke fun at political parties and corporations in America. His signature 15-minute segments that point a spotlight on hot topic issues such as Transgender rights and America’s flawed prison system have made him the court jester that leads the race in the late night comedy world.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Nominees:

  • Drunk History (Comedy Central)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
  • Portlandia (IFC)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Zachary’s Pick: Key & Peele (Comedy Central): Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are one of the funniest comedy duos on television. Their sketches that range from the observational to the surreal (Continental Breakfast skit) have shown that in addition to being considered “black comedians” they are fundamentally just comedians.

Outstanding Limited Series Nominees:

  • American Crime (ABC)
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
  • The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV)
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
  • Zachary’s pick: Wolf Hall (PBS): The stories of England’s notorious King Henry VIII and his six wives (divorce, beheaded, dies, divorce, beheaded, survives.) are well known in history, and are the subject of Hilary Mentel’s recent novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies.” Mentel’s recently adapted novels for both stage and screen allow audiences to witness the devastation that resonated from the court of that selfish king.

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