Showtime’s 2018 Emmy FYC mailer introduces voters to red-hot contenders ‘The Chi,’ ‘SMILF,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Showtime’s expansive 2018 Emmy FYC mailer will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of the TV academy membership. While the premium network previously shipped three series-specific mailers back in April for drama series “The Chi,” comedy series “SMILF” and limited series “Twin Peaks,” they’ve now sent out a fourth mailer featuring all of their eligible Emmy submissions. See photos above and below.

SEE Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘SMILF,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Included is recent Emmy winner “Shameless,” two-time champ for Best Comedy Stunts and four-time nominee for William H. Macy as Best Comedy Actor. Former Best Drama Series winner “Homeland” (2012) is also back in action after concluding its seventh season last month. Look for Emmy favorite Claire Danes and repeat nominee Mandy Patinkin to be major players again in the acting categories, along with Lesli Linka Glatter for directing the drama series.

More shows to keep an eye on are drama series “Billions,” “I’m Dying Up Here” and “Ray Donovan,” the final season of comedy series “Episodes,” and new limited series “Patrick Melrose” starring Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch. As far as specials and alternate programming, Showtime’s offerings are “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” “The Fourth Estate,” “Operation Odessa,” “Our Cartoon President,” “The Putin Interviews,” “The Trade” and “Whitney: Can I Be Me.”

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“The Chi” is an ensemble drama that examines life on the Southside of Chicago. Creator Lena Waithe (watch our interview) made Emmy history last year by becoming the first black woman to win Best Comedy Writing for “Master of None.” Can she now add more trophies to her shelf for “The Chi”?

Jason Mitchell stars as Brandon Johnson, an aspiring chef whose younger brother (Jahking Guillory) is killed by a man (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) avenging the death of his surrogate son. Rick Famuyiwa directed the pilot episode of the show that aired on Showtime earlier this year.

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“SMILF” is Showtime’s freshman comedy series that centers on Bridgette Bird (Frankie Shaw), a young single mother and actress. As Shaw revealed in our recent interview, she based the show on her own experiences, admitting that she initially wrote the pilot because she was “sick of being a broke, struggling actress with a toddler.”

The show was recently nominated at the Golden Globes for Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress. Other notable cast members include Rosie O’Donnell as Bridgette’s eccentric mother and Miguel Gomez as the father of Bridgette’s son.

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“Twin Peaks” originally aired on ABC for two seasons between 1990 and 1991, earning 18 Emmy nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Kyle MacLachlan) and Best Drama Directing (David Lynch). It won two trophies in 1990: Best Editing and Best Costumes.

With Lynch once again at the helm, MacLachlan’s FBI Agent Dale Cooper and almost all of the quirky characters returned for the highly anticipated continuation. All 18 episodes of “Twin Peaks: The Return” aired last year, so Showtime is hoping the show will be remembered at the Emmys come voting time.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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