May 26, 2015 at 7:54 am #349503
I like what Nick Spake did with Game of Thrones, about the reasons why the series should win Drama Series at this years Emmys, so thought I would do the same for another show, and my favourite Drama Series so far of the season.
1. It Will Have The Tapes
This season, Homeland went back to being the brilliant series it was in its first two runs. It became the edge of your seat, most unmissable series of the entire season. Something that no other season has quite managed to achieve this season. I think this year more than any other in recent memory, the tapes sent to voters could be the difference between winning and losing. And Homeland has a whole host of tapes to win the Emmy.
From A to B and Back Again, Redux, Halfway to a Donut, There’s Something Else Going On, 13 Hours in Islamabad and Krieg Nicht Lieb are all worthy tape submitters that should secure a Series nominationand win.
These 6 episodes are Homeland at their best. Up there for me with The Weekend, Q&A, Marine One and New Car Smell as the best episodes Homeland has ever made.
If there is any show this season with the tapes alone to win, then Homeland is that show.
2. All The Other Main Existing Series Contenders Have Dipped
Let’s think of the main competition for Drama Series that will be hoping to return: Mad Men, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black (returning to the Emmys, just in the different side), Downton Abbey, even The Good Wife has dipped in quality compared to last season when it didn’t even get in.
All of these shows have generally seen a decrease in their critical and fan reception to the seasons competing for the Emmy this year. While there is potential sentimentality for a Mad Men win, and a now-or-never shot potentially for Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, none have set the world alight, like the previous Drama Series winners have the past few years.
Admittedly, neither has Homeland. But it is the only major contender that will be hoping to return to the race that has increased in quality compared to its previous season. Add to that, none of the new Series seem to be a in strong enough position to pose a huge threat for the title, like Homeland did in its first year.
3. When It Is On Form, Emmy Voters Love It
Admittedly, last year the show really fell off the radar of voters, picking up four nominations in total – for Danes and Patinkin, and two Creative. But as we all know, the third season was not well received. The first two seasons, and its fourth run all have been met with applause by critics and fans.
In terms of Primetime Emmys (non-Creative) – the first two seasons earned 13 nominations, winning for 6 of these. When Homeland is firing on all cylinders as it has this season, then Emmy voters really go for it. In Season 4, as I have said, this show was fully firing on all cylinders. Acting, Writing, Directing, and other creative nominations are widely expected. Isn’t it naive to presume that it will get nods across the board, yet miss out on the top gong.
Admittedly, only one series has won non-consecutive Drama Series titles since 2000, and that was The Sopranos. And even that was nominated in the between years when it was eligible. It may be an uphill battle, but if one show could pull it off based on this season’s quality, for me, Homeland is that show.
May 26, 2015 at 8:09 am #349505
I agree with you. Homeland has the best sequence of episodes (6-11) this season.May 26, 2015 at 9:11 am #349506
[img]https://media4.giphy.com/media/QKESIqxh398wo/200_s.gif[/img]May 26, 2015 at 10:12 am #349507
I totally agree as well. Their tapes are really really strong. Well acted, directed and written.May 26, 2015 at 11:26 am #349508
Drone Queen would also be a good episode to submit for Series, so it’s in no way going to be scrambling for tapes. I’d love it to get back into the race. It would be a perfect world if The Good Wife, The Americans, Masters of Sex, and Homeland were nominated instead of the less deserving shows that are the consensus predictions.May 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm #349509
I agree with your first reason (my signature), but we don’t really know for sure how much of an impact the series tapes have on a show’s chances to win the top prize.
We have seen tapes trump buzz in the acting races before, but nothing comparable in the series race. In fact, ‘Homeland’ is a good model for this type of thing. Despite not racking up a ton of nods in its first season (even missing Patinkin), they still won drama series, which one could say was due to their tapes. However, they had all of the necessary nominations, like writing/directing/editing, so we can’t say for sure.
You could even say that ‘Homeland’ losing to ‘Breaking Bad’ for their second season demonstrates that tapes don’t matter that much in the series races. Most here (myself included) lamented the fact that ‘Homeland’ submitted the perfect six episodes for its second season, bypassing most of its problematic elements. Yet the season had bad buzz, and it lost out to what many consider to be the weakest season of ‘Breaking Bad’.
If voters were locked into a room, and had to watch the series tapes, ‘Homeland’ would probably be your drama series winner. Without that kind of Draconian oversight, I don’t think it has much of a chance, merit be damned.May 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm #349510
I echo your sentiments completely. The episodes you mentioned were among the best the series has ever done, and they were some of the most nail-bitingly intense hours of television in 2014.
Although I don’t think it will win, I do think it will be nominated for all the reasons you stated.May 26, 2015 at 2:52 pm #349511
If I had to pair them:
“From A to B and Back Again” + “Redux”
“There’s Something Else Going On” + “13 Hours in Islamabad”
I think it would be very deifficult for any voter that recieves “There’s Something Else Going On” + “13 Hours in Islamabad” to vote for anything else. “From A to B and Back Again” + “Redux” also go together very well and are both really good episodes so I can see Emmy voters enjoying that as well. I’m not sure what my last pair would be though.May 26, 2015 at 5:18 pm #349512
The existence of this thread had me rolling my eyes. I am very impressed that AMG actually justified it with his post.May 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm #349513
I have yet to watch this season, but very excited to, as I never gave up on the show (I really did like the third season, even if it was miles weaker), so its great reading this.
Good luck getting the nomination, then you can talk, cause generally, when emmys give up on you………..
May 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm #349514
I completely agree with your post. Season 4 was my second favorite of the show, behind only S1, of course. The fact that they could turn up such a strong season after the shitfest that was S3 is truly impressive.
That being said, I find it very unlikely that they will go back to being nominated. I hope I’m wrong.July 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm #349515
When I first started this thread I didn’t actually think Homeland would really be nominated for Drama Series! Looks like it could stand a shot!July 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm #349516
I had it as my number one choice. All along, I felt strongly that it had a very good chance of being nominated. Would have gotten them all right, but at the very last minute, I ditched HoC for something that I thought was a better show… Justified. But look what that got me.July 17, 2015 at 12:42 am #349517
Leslie Linka Glatter. So soooo happy for her. 3 Emmy nominations and a richly deserved DGA award later, i hope she finally wins the Emmy this year. If there is an award Homeland deserves this year, it is for Directing in a Drama Series.