Will Emmys pledge allegiance to ‘The Americans’ after last year’s snub?

When Emmy nominations were announced last year and “The Americans” was snubbed in all of the major categories, fans of the FX spy drama were in an uproar. Can their beloved show rally this year? 

In a word, yes. Half of the Experts polled by Gold Derby believe “The Americans” will be nominated for Best Drama Series this year (see the charts). Four of the 10 pundits believe Keri Russell will make the list for Best Drama Actress. Two foresee a nod as Best Drama Actor for Matthew Rhys.

Over just the past decade, eight well-known series broke into the Emmy race for Best Drama Series after initially being overlooked.

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Here’s a quick rundown of those Best Drama Series nominees from the past 10 years that failed to reap nominations for the top prize during their first seasons on the air:

In 2006, Season 2 of “Grey’s Anatomy received a series nomination after being snubbed for its shortened debut season the previous year.

Also in 2006, Season 2 of “House” earned the show its first Best Drama bid.

In 2007, Season 3 of “Boston Legal” was nominated for Best Drama despite being snubbed for the series prize in each of its first two years on the air.

In 2008, Season 2 of “Dexter” gave Showtime its very first Drama Series nomination.

In 2009, Season 3 of “Big Love” earned only a single Emmy nomination: Best Drama Series.

Also in 2009, Season 2 of “Breaking Bad” was nominated for Best Drama Series a year after its shortened first season was cooked. (Bryan Cranston had won Best Drama Actor for Season 1 in 2008.)

In 2010, Season 2 of “True Blood” received its first and only Drama Series bid.

In 2011, Season 5 of “Friday Night Lights” reaped its first-ever Drama nomination for its final season.

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And, as Riley Chow reminds us, “The critics are once again enamored with the FX series; the show itself and Matthew Rhys again earned nominations from both the TCA and Critics’ Choice, Keri Russell repeated her Best Drama Actress Critics’ Choice nomination, and Annet Mahendru broke through in the Drama Supporting Actress category.”

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This year, our Emmy experts give “The Americans” 25/1 odds of being nominated for Best Drama Series. That puts it in seventh place on the leaderboard behind “Breaking Bad” (9/5 odds), “True Detective” (9/2 odds), “House of Cards” (6/1 odds), “Game of Thrones” (10/1 odds), “Mad Men” (14/1 odds) and “The Good Wife” (14/1 odds). Last year “The Americans” was nominated for two Emmys: Best Guest Supporting Actress (Margo Martindale) and Best Main Title Theme Music.

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One thought on “Will Emmys pledge allegiance to ‘The Americans’ after last year’s snub?

  1. Marcus, Marcus, comparing The Americans to Grey’s Anatomy, House, or Boston Legal makes literally no sense. All three are basic procedural shows, very different from The Americans.

    House-In 2005 the year before it was nominated for Best Drama it had 5 nominations including Writing and Lead Actor.

    Grey’s Anatomy-Had three nominations in the shortened season including Directing and Supporting Actress for Sandra Oh

    Boston Legal-In its first season the show had two nominations, but for Lead and Supporting Actor, and in its second season it had 7.

    The Americans had two last year, Main Title Design and Guest Actress-Martindale got in on name more than anything. I love the show and think it deserves all the accolades in the world, but I sadly think it will get snubbed, and there is no proof it will get tons of love now.

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