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The Emmys never sleep. Although television’s top awards show is more than eight months away, we start harvesting tea leaves with Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards, followed by the DGA and WGA awards in swift succession. While most of the attention naturally will go to the guilds’ film prizes and what they mean for the Oscars, these programs are (very) early bellwethers for TV as well.
While it’s nice to garner accolades from critics organizations and the HFPA, the more important notices come from the guilds: That’s where the voters are, and where most critics and HFPA members aren’t. Acknowledgement from the guilds means being celebrated by your peers — the same peers who again cast their votes come Emmy time.
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That said, the Emmy season is still so nascent that it’s too early to even formulate the year’s most pressing issues (beyond, “Can anything defeat the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ for drama series?”). Even so, there are several shows — some new, some established — already making moves to position themselves as honest-to-God contenders when nominations are announced this summer.
Gather your scratchpad and start taking notes for your workplace Emmy pool: We have the shows to track in the coming months.
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Julia Garner in “Ozark”
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The Netflix crime drama had a respectable showing after its first season, scoring five Emmy nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Jason Bateman, who also nabbed a nomination for Best Director. However, it fell short of earning acknowledgement in a crowded Drama Series category or acquiring notice for four-time Emmy-winner Laura Linney.
But “Ozark” Season 2 is well on its way to playing with the big boys. Despite being shut out of the Critics’ Choice Awards and earning a single Golden Globe nomination, for Bateman’s performance, the series has collected a number of prestigious nominations with the...
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