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May 18, 2017 at 10:59 am #1202096375
As I do every year, I need the help of my GoldDerby pals in this year’s Emmy voting. As an Emmy voter in the Writers Branch, I am overwhelmed each May with screeners from drama shows that I haven’t had time to watch this season. I’m asking you to offer the ONE drama script that you would cheer if it got a nod on nomination day. Please don’t give me a list of two or three scripts — I’m looking for help on the ONE about which you feel most passionate. As always, thank you all in advance for your help on this — my goal is to submit the most responsible ballot I can, and I couldn’t do it without you. Thanks.May 18, 2017 at 11:06 am #1202096378
“The Trip” from This Is Us, written by Vera Herbert.May 18, 2017 at 11:19 am #1202096387
“Assassins”- The Crown. Just a beautiful episode of television.May 18, 2017 at 11:19 am #1202096388
“Chicanery” from Better Call Saul, written by Gordon Smith. Perfection.May 18, 2017 at 11:23 am #1202096394
“Assassins” – The Crown, written by Peter Morgan.May 18, 2017 at 11:25 am #1202096397
Agree on “Assassins” and Chicanery” (these are actually my two favorites episodes of the season)
Here’s another: “Trompe L’Oeil” from WestworldMay 18, 2017 at 11:28 am #1202096400
“Pilot” from This Is Us
Writing a great pilot is near-impossible as it is, but to put a giant twist in it that surprises, but still allows for an introduction to characters and sets up a distinctive timeline is pretty much a TV miracle.May 18, 2017 at 11:34 am #1202096404
“Dyatkovo” – The AmericansMay 18, 2017 at 11:34 am #1202096406
Wow. This isn’t tough. Well, I’m sorry to tell you, but I won’t be able to mention just one. Sorry for breaking the rules. I will include the one script I feel most passionate about at the end, but I will go through the deciding process in this post. Sorry for cheating. If you really only want one pick, you can just read the last paragraph or ignore this whole post. Sorry lol. Once again, my final pick is in the last paragraph. I just really wanted to go through my whole process.
Orange is the New Black had an amazing season. “The Animals” and “Toast can’t Never be Bread Again” should definitely be writing contenders. I would personally pick “Toast Can’t never be bread again” if I could only nominate one from OITNB.
Even though The Americans is having its worst season, “Dyatkovo” was stellar.
“Chicanery” was a top notch episode of Better Call Saul and would easily be a great winner.
The Leftovers is not over yet, but the two standout episodes on a writing standpoint are “Crazy Whitefella Thinkin'” and “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt World”. I would chose “Crazy” even though they were both very good and I suspect the finale would be my writing pick.
Bates Motel had a very good season overall, but I hated the finale. “Marion” was by far the best episode and it was very well written. It would be a great contender.
Underground is criminally underrated, “Minty” is a stunning episode. Please watch it. It’s a bitte episode and would be such a great writing nomination.
The Handmaid’s Tale is great, and “Late” is very well written.
Rectify is so criminally underwatched. “All I’m Sayin'” was a great finale and 1000000% should be nominated for writing.
If I was forced to nominate Westworld for writing, I would pick “The Adversery”.
I believe Stranger Things only submitted one episode for writing, and I am not sure which it was, but I would pick Chapter 8.
Luke Cage is such a great show. It’s so underappreciated. “Step in the Arena” was a great script.
Legion has had its low points, but it’s high points were oh so good. “Chapter Seven” was without a doubt the best written episode of the show and maybe overall, but I believe it wasn’t submitted. I believe “Chapter 3” was submitted , and it was also a good script.
Mr. Robot season 2 was not as acclaimed, but the writing was still great at points. The reveal episode would be most people’s pick (I assume), but I would personally I with the episode all about Darlene, eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12.
“Pilgrim Rick” would be my This is Us pick.
So out of these, I would end up battling between “Minty” from Underground, “Chicanery” from Better Call Saul, “Toast Can’t Never be Bread Again” from OITNB, and “eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12” FROM Mr. Robot. The fight would be hard, but in the end I would end up choosing…
“Minty” from Underground. I think this is a case like Elle, where the script is boosted by the performance. The performance was stellar, but this is about the best script. The whole episode was a speech from Harriet Tubman, played by Aisha Hinds. It was so powerful, moving, smart, layered, and so much more, which is why I would chose it.May 18, 2017 at 11:41 am #1202096413
Mr. Robot – “h4ndshake.sme” (Episode 6)
ETA: The titles and episode order are actually pretty confusing for this show but pretty sure this is the sixth episode since the first two aired together and I think are being considered one episode total. Really I recommend whichever episode they submit but I suspect it will be this one or the previous one “m4ster-s1ave.aes.”May 18, 2017 at 11:44 am #1202096415
The Crown: Assassins – written by Peter Morgan, no contest.May 18, 2017 at 11:56 am #1202096425
Just FYI to all the Crown fans here: Seeing as how Stephen Daldry is the only director for the season being submitted to the Emmys (Going off the FYC mailer) and he submitted “Hyde Park Corner” as his episode for the Bafta TV Awards, I think it is reasonable to assume that episode and NOT “Assassins” will be Peter Morgan’s Emmy Writing submission as well.May 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1202096440
Toast Can’t Never be Bread Again – Orange is the New Black