2015 Emmy Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, and Snoozes

     July 16, 2015


So, as you’ve no doubt seen, the 2015 Emmy Nominations are out and, as I noted in my posting of the nominations, there weren’t many surprises to be had, at least not in what received nominations. Even Bloodline, with its handsomely lensed environs and brilliant ensemble, makes sense in the cold light of day, as it essentially recalls a work of classic theater and Hollywood, namely Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Nostalgia has always been the guiding principal in the Emmys, whether in rewarding lesser shows from old favorites (The Newsroom) or continuing to honor shows that have been on a downward trend for some time (Downton Abbey). They also tend to latch onto familiar storylines, such as Bloodline‘s, at the mild peril of ignoring more thoughtful and daring programs. (I swear I’m trying very hard not to go on another harangue about Hannibal.) Here’s what we thought they got right and wrong about the six major categories, and for an overall look at how the whole nominations process happens, check out Allison’s helpful guide.