The Emmys had a Best New Series category three times in the fifties — 1953, 1956 and 1957 — and then from 1970 to 1973. The award went to a mix of Emmy favorites like “Playhouse 90” (1956), “All in the Family” (1971) and “Elizabeth R” (1972). But it’s been more than 40 years since that category was last awarded. Should the TV academy bring it back to honor standout shows like “Transparent,” “Empire” or “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver“? If so, what series would be nominated and win this year?
We asked our forum posters what they think about a potential Best New Series category. Read some of their comments below, and join them now to let us know what you think.
nkb325: Maybe they could do something like the Critics’ Choice Awards and their list of exciting new series … Each year they could announce a list of the five most promising or best new series. That way they are still getting on the Emmys radar but there isn’t another award added to the 1,000 the Emmys already have.
KyleBailey: I think it would be nice. This year’s nominees would probably have been “Transparent,” “Empire,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Better Call Saul” and “American Crime” if they let anthologies in.
mikeboy898: Yes they should! But not for series that haven’t aired yet. They should have a ‘Best New Series’ for shows that have debuted their first seasons, or are currently airing them (“#Mr. Robot#,” for example, which deserves all the awards!).
GoMe91: I’d say no because I don’t believe it would make much of a difference. I could see a show get its sole nomination for Best New Series, and then it being dropped altogether the next year.
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