I was going over my predictions (thus far) and realize that I have triple-crown matches in the fields of comedy, drama, and miniseries/movie.
What I’m referring to are with the top prize, from each genre, and corresponding directing and writing Emmys.
I have the following: Amazon’s Transparent (comedy); HBO’s Game of Thrones (drama); and HBO’s Olive Kitteridge (miniseries/movie).
From each genre:
The last time the Emmys gave series, directing, and writing to one comedy was with the sophomore season of ABC’s Modern Family in 2011.
The last time the Emmys gave series, directing, and writing to one drama was with the final season of HBO’s The Sopranos in 2007.
The last time the Emmys gave a miniseres or television movie its top prize along with directing and writing was with HBO’s Game Change in 2012.
Going two for three:
The last time the Emmys gave comedy and drama series the triple-crown matches was 30 years ago, in 1985, with the debut season of NBC’s The Cosby Show and CBS’s Cagney & Lacey.
The last time the Emmys gave comedy series and miniseries/movie the triple-crown matches was just four years ago, in 2011, with the sophomore season of ABC’s Modern Family and the PBS sensation Downton Abbey.
The last time the Emmys gave drama series and miniseries/movie the triple-crown matches was 15 years ago, in 2000, with the premiere season of NBC’s The West Wing and the HBO miniseries The Corner.
The year 2000 was the last time directing and writing went to three productions; but, strangely, the debut season of Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle was not nominated for best comedy series. (That year’s winner was NBC’s Will & Grace.)
In looking up past years, and keeping in mind the current genre categories structure, there has never been a year on record in which the best comedy series, drama series, and miniseries/movie Emmy winners all won corresponding directing and writing statues.
I may revise some of my predictions. But, for the time being, is there anyone else predicting such an outcome, as I am, for 2015?
The most likely to win the three is Olive Kitteridge. Veep also has great chances. The least likely is Game of thrones. Probably will win Series and direction, but will surely lose writing for Mad Men.