“Catastrophe” heads into Emmy season fresh from a surprise Best Comedy Writing win at the recent BAFTA TV Awards. Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, who created and star in this heartwarming comedy that streams on Amazon Prime, admit to being shocked when they won this prize over some of the titans of British comedy. The pair prevailed against “Peep Show” creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, who crafted 54 episodes over nine seasons; Peter Kay and company for the smash hit “Car Share,” which won Best Scripted Comedy; and Julia Davis and Barunka O’Shaughnessy of “Hunderby” fame. (Watch both their acceptance speech and backstage interview above).
“Catastrophe” excels largely due to the chemistry between the two and their refreshingly honest writing. He plays Rob, an American adman visiting London, and she is Sharon, an Irish school teacher. Their whirlwind week-long fling leads to an unexpected pregnancy and he relocates to London. That was the basis of the pilot, the script of which they have submitted for Emmy consideration. The rest of the first season — which streamed on Amazon last summer — had five more episodes in which this mismatched pair fall in love and it ends with the onset of labor.
The second season of six episodes, which debuted on the streaming service in April after unspooling in England last fall, sees the action move ahead a few years. Rob and Sharon are now married, trying to cope the highs and lows of new parenthood, and expecting a second bundle of joy. Horgan earned a BAFTA bid for her touching performance, losing to Michaela Coel (“Chewing Gum”).
“Catastrophe” ranks as one of the most critically acclaimed comedies on TV with a jaw-dropping 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 83 at MetaCritic. And the TV academy loves to embrace Brit hit comedies. “Episodes” has scored Emmy nominations for leading man Matt LeBlanc and the writers in each of its four seasons. Ricky Gervais was nominated for Best Comedy Actor in 2014 and Best Movie/Mini Actor last year for “Derek” and won Best Comedy Actor for “Extras” in 2007. And his original version of “The Office” earned Emmy bids in 2005 for Best TV Movie and Best Movie/Mini Writing for the Christmas special.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmy nominations). Be sure to read our contest rules.