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  • Titanium
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    #332044

    I recently rewatched Twin Peaks and am amazed on how much the show was shortchanged at the Emmys. It was nominated for 18 Emmys over its two seasons,  and yet only won for costumes and editing, which to me is just mind boggling since the show was so groundbreaking, well made and well acted.

    I mean it lost best drama to L.A. Law, and looking back it certainly hasn’t aged as well or maintained the love and acclaim that Twin Peaks has.

    On the main awards front, it’s a travesty that David Lynch and Mark Frost never won for writing or directing Emmys. Since they were one of the first shows, if not the first, to treat television with the same respect and production values of movies.

    Also acting wise, I think Kyle Maclachlan, Piper Laurie, Ray Wise (a travesty he was never even nominated) and Sherilyn Fenn all were deserving of Emmys. And also baffling that Frank Silva and Catherine E Coulson (BOB and Log Lady respectively) weren’t nominated in the guest categories.

    And don’t get me started on how Angelo Badalamenti’s score didn’t win!? It’s one of the most famous TV scores ever surely!

    Just wanted to rant about my opinions on how crazy it is that this show was such a trailblazer for modern drama shows, captured the zeitgest and was so well made in every aspect, and yet was basically shut out at the Emmys by shows that haven’t had the impact or legacy or stood the test of time as well as Twin Peaks has.

    What do you guys think? Do you think it should have won more Emmys? Why do you think the Emmy voters didn’t respond to it? Do any of you remember the Emmys when it lost? Do you disagree? And perhaps most of all, do you reckon if it was made today, would the Emmy voters treat it more favourably than they did?

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    Halo_Insider
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    Pretty much agreed. I’ve been working my way through it (already knew what happened long ago, but it’s only now that I’ve had access to it), and it really is stunning. It’s not exactly the kind of thing I’d ever imagine the voters warming to, but it easily stands well above what a lot of TV was doing at the time.

    I’d also have liked to see Miguel Ferrer pull off a guest nomination for either seasons 1 or 2. The show should’ve won for Season 1 in series, as should’ve Maclachlan for Actor and the Pilot for Directing and/or Writing. Ray Wise would’ve made a great Supporting Actor winner in Season 2. 

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    BTN
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    L.A. Law was at its creative peak in season 4. I would give the win for Best Drama to L.A. Law very easily. Twin Peaks was excellent and brilliant but so was L.A. Law. The main stories of season 4 Law was the Earl Williams case and the takeover of McKenzie Brackman by Rosalind Shays. It was an incredible one two punch that was entirely unbeatable. Twin Peaks wasn’t robbed it was truly outdone. I would have given Twin Peaks directing and Fenn. Season 2 of Twin Peaks had some vey good moments. I do not believe it collapses after the reveal of Laura Palmer’s killer. It had been planted long before that Agent Cooper had a partner that was unstable and moving to that story worked sometimes. It depended too much on presumed dead villains but had more than enough to justify a nomination and win for Best Drama of 1990-1991.

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    #332048

    Well, 18 nominations in two years is actually really good

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    Emmyfan
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    #332049

    L.A. Law was a force to be reckoned with during season 4 with the addition of Rosiland Shays and rightfully won the Drama series award.

    Diana Muldaur should have won the Supportiung Actress award that year and not Marg Helgenberger from China Beach.  I do not think Sherilyn Fenn could have overcome Diana Muldaur or Susan Ruttan from L.A.Law.

    Piper Laurie was wickedly evil in Twin Peaks, but screentime hurt her chances against Patricia Wettig from thirtysomething in 1990 Lead Actress Drama.

     

    Kyle MacClachlan stood the best chance of an acting Emmy and should have won for the first season.

     

    Ray Wise should have been nominated and won for season 2 of Twin Peaks and could have been the one to stop the hold that L.A.Law had on Supporting Actor instead of the award going to Timothy Busfield from thirtysomething.

     

    Twin Peaks should have won the Directing award for season 1, but L.A.Law deserved the Writing Award.

    Catherine Coulson aka The Log Lady did not have the screentime to even amount to greater than 10 minutes during each season.  Her presence was greater than her screentime

     

     

     

     

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    Icky
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    I will admit to only watching the first two seasons of LA Law. Based on what I saw I can see how it got so much Emmy love. It’s basically a typical 80’s primetime soap but brought down to Earth enough to not suffer the same Emmy fate as the popular more unabashed 80’s soaps did. Twin Peaks was just not an Emmy show, though it was too acclaimed and too much of a phenomenon to not get its share of nods. It should have at least been able to nab directing for its pilot however.

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    I have only watched the first season, and it’s really great. building from the usual little town murder into a full-blown supernatural thing is remarkable! I still scream every time I see that man at the end of the bed lol

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    #332052

    I’ve been watching season 1 of Twin Peaks and I’m on the other side of this thread, I’m one who thinks “what the F with so many nominations?” actually. Specially the acting categories.

    I’ll asume this show just hasn’t aged well because I’m actually into this kind of thing, but the acting is just awful and some directing choices are even worse.

    And Piper Laurie for Lead Actress, why? Sherilynn Fenn, really?

    I would’ve given it fewer nominations and I guess those wins were ok. 

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    Ray Wise deserved a nomination or win. I don’t really think anyone else was quite that high caliber. Frank Silva and Catherine Coulson? Hell no. They were well-written, fascinating characters in the mythology with miniscule roles in any one episode. They would be as iconic with any performer. In fact, Silva and Coulson were kinda bad, and Silva isn’t an actor.

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    #332054

    The greatness was also lost on me in the four episodes that I watched a few years ago.

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    Icky
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    #332055

    I don’t adore Twin Peaks, well, not the entirety. Mulholland Dr is the only David Lynch product I thoroughly love. However, those first two episodes represent one of the greatest one-two punches of any series ever. The show is best approached as a dark satire (both extremely dark and extremely satirical), and much of the acting I’m sure is purposely wooden and affected, which is the case with much of Lynch’s work. 

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