‘Jessica Jones’: Marvel’s first big TV awards contender?

Superheroes usually aren’t taken seriously at TV’s top award shows. “Arrow” and “The Flash” on the CW, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” on ABC and “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix have barely registered on the collective radars of the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Only Emmy voters have had any time for them. Even then, we’ve only ever seen a handful of nominations bestowed in the below-the-line creative arts categories. However, the newest superhero on TV, Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” might finally buck that trend.

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Based on characters from the Marvel universe, “Jessica Jones” is a dark noir thriller about a former superhero with PTSD (Krysten Ritter) who runs her own detective agency while battling the evil Kilgrave (David Tennant). The series was created by Melissa Rosenberg, who was executive producer on “Dexter” and adapted the “Twilight” series of books for the big screen. 

“Jessica Jones” has garnered a number of rave reviews and merits an impressive 81 at MetaCritic. Among those giving it sterling notices were some of the nation’s leading TV critics:

Verne Gay (Newsday): “Marvel’s Jessica Jones succeeds in all sorts of ways, especially the one that counts most: Ritter just might be the shrewdest casting move of the season, maybe several seasons, because she so fully inhabits the multidimensional Jones.”

Matt Zoller Seitz (New York): “The performances are superb from leads on down to cameo players, and in addition to showcasing a sureness of purpose that you’d expect from good actors who’ve been given strong material, you also feel a sense of elation in individual scenes.”

Maureen Ryan (Variety): “[It] features an exceptional performance from Krysten Ritter and sure-handed guidance from executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, is not just a contender for the title Best Marvel-related TV Property; in a supremely crowded TV scene, it is one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.”

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With such strong reviews, it is not surprising that Ritter ranks seventh on our TV Drama Actress chart at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards. And the show is a possibility as well with odds of 16/1. These kudos, bestowed by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association, have been combined with the film awards this year. That means a one-time shortened eligibility period with only shows that aired from June 1 to December 31 eligible for consideration.

And we know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, loves to embrace new talent. Ritter is on the cusp there as well, currently ranked in seventh place for Best TV Drama Actress while the show is sitting in tenth place on our Drama Series chart.

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Photo: Krysten Ritter in “Jessica Jones” Credit: Netflix.

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