39th Annual Saturn Awards nominations
were announced overnight. This is from the Academy of Science
Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (which also has a TV branch as
well). Here are the nominees, winners in June, including one
ginormous, blockbuster surprise in Best TV Presentation (more later):
Best Network TV Series: ELEMENTARY THE FOLLOWING FRINGE ONCE UPON A TIME REVOLUTION SUPERNATURAL
Best Cable TV Series AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM DEXTER LEVERAGE THE KILLING TRUE BLOOD THE WALKING DEAD
Best Television Presentation BREAKING BAD CONTINUUM FALLING SKIES GAME OF THRONES KEN FOLLETT’S WORLD WITHOUT END MOCKINGBIRD LANE SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED
Best Youth-Oriented Series ARROW BEAUTY AND THE BEAST DOCTOR WHO MERLIN TEEN WOLF THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Best Actor KEVIN BACON, THE FOLLOWING BILLY BURKE, REVOLUTION BRYAN CRANSTON, BREAKING BAD MICHAEL C. HALL, DEXTER JOSHUA JACKSON, FRINGE TIMOTHY HUTTON, LEVERAGE ANDREW LINCOLN, THE WALKING DEAD
Best Actress: MOON BLOODGOOD, FALLING SKIES MIREILLE ENOS, THE KILLING SARAH PAULSON, AMERICAN HORROR STORY:
ASYLUM CHARLOTTE RILEY, KEN FOLLETT’S WORLD
WITHOUT END TRACY SPIRIDAKOS, REVOLUTION ANNA TORV, FRINGE
Best Supporting Actor JONATHAN BANKS, BREAKING BAD GIANCARLO ESPOSITO, REVOLUTION TODD LASANCE, SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE
DAMNED COLM MEANEY, HELL ON WHEELS DAVID MORRISSEY, THE WALKING DEAD JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
Best Supporting Actress: JENNIFER CARPENTER, DEXTER SARAH CARTER, FALLING SKIES ANNA GUNN, BREAKING BAD LAURIE HOLDEN, THE WALKING DEAD JESSICA LANGE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY:
ASYLUM BETH RIESGRAF, LEVERAGE
Best Guest Appearance BLAIR BROWN, FRINGE TERRY O’QUINN, FALLING SKIES LANCE REDDICK, FRINGE MARK SHEPPARD, LEVERAGE RAY STEVENSON and YVONNE STRAHOVSKI,
Generally, the eligibility period for TV
is the calendar year (1/1 to 12/31). Key word, “generally”.
Since Continuum did not debut in the United States until 1/14/13, an
exception was made to nominate it in Best TV Presentation. Its
strong run in Canada last summer, plus extraordinary demand for
fans south of the 49th parallel to see it... before its
official SyFy unveiling, along with its obvious quality, were likely
factors in granting this waiver.
Nominee breakdown 6 Fringe 5 Dexter 4 Breaking Bad, Falling Skies,
Leverage, Revolution, The Walking Dead 3 American Horror Story: Asylum 2 The Following, Ken Follett’s World
Without End, The Killing, Spartacus: War of the Damned 1 Arrow, Beauty & the Beast,
Continuum, Doctor Who, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Hell On Wheels,
Merlin, Mockingbird Lane, Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Teen Wolf,
True Blood, Vampire Diaries
Breakdown by Studio 11 AMC 8 Fox, TNT 5 NBC, Showtime 4 The CW 3 FX 2 HBO, Reelz, Starz, SyFy 1 ABC, BBC America, CBS, MTV
Good to see the love for Breaking Bad and Dexter, and getting the correct nominees for each show (e.g. Banks and not Paul for BB). Although no love for Game of Thrones actors is disappointing (this is one of the few groups that hasn't nominated Peter Dinklage, yet they nominated his costars last year)
Network TV Series: No preference Cable TV Series: Dexter Television Presentation: Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones Fantasy Series: No preference Actor: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (runner-up: Michael C. Hall, Dexter) Actress: No preference Supporting Actor: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad Supporting Actress: Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter (runner-up: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) Guest Appearance: Yvonne Strahovski, Dexter (runner-up: Ray Stevenson, Dexter)
2016 Oscar FYC: Brooklyn (Actress (Saoirse Ronan)); Inside Out (Original Screenplay, Animated Feature); The Martian (Picture, Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay)
Nice to see an underdog show like Leverage get parting gifts for yeoman service on TNT's watch. One of the more underrated, underrespected shows out there. Edit: My bad; Fantasy Series is in fact Youth-Oriented Series. Apologies for the misinterpretation on my end.
It has no chance of winning, of course (Breaking Bad will), but for the Saturns to give a Best TV Presentation nomination to Continuum should end all doubt as to the legitimacy of that show in future Emmy discussion. It has submission tapes in Drama Series, Actress (Rachel Nichols), Supporting Actor (Tony Amendola, Erik Knudsen), Supporting Actress (Lexa Doig), direction and writing (the pilot), and who knows what else. It's time for the snubbing of this show's GoldDerby thread to end and a legitimate discussion begin about what's good and bad, about the actors, writing and content. Episodes can be re-watched via the SyFy website.
How many more nominations from award-giving orgs does Continuum have to get to spark a discussion about it on here?
When the nominations were announced last year, "The Killing" was nominated in the Television Presentation category. They later realized their mistake and ultimately placed it in the appropriate category.