“I think there may be something wrong with this world,” says Evan Rachel Wood in the new trailer for HBO’s latest drama “Westworld” (watch above). Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, an android who discovers that her entire existence is a fabrication, in the sci-fi thriller that premieres October 2. Gazing at the trailer, this series is sure to be a frontrunner for many of the technical races at the 2017 Emmy Awards, but can it make a splash in the all-important Best Drama Series category?
HBO dramas have had great success at the Emmys in recent years, including most notably “Game of Thrones,” which is coming off a record-making 2015 where it won 12 trophies overall. And then there was “The Sopranos,” which put the network on the map and took home Best Drama Series in 2004 and 2007. Other dramas to contend for that top prize were “Six Feet Under,” “Deadwood,” “Big Love,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “True Blood” and the first season of “True Detective.”
But for every Emmy success, there is a show that just couldn’t make a splash with the TV academy. “Vinyl” was HBO’s big new dramatic push this year, but it ended up getting cancelled during the midst of Emmy voting and only earned a pair of noms: Best Main Title Design and Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup. Similarly, fan favorite “The Leftovers” just can’t get any luck with Emmy voters as it’s been skunked for both of its seasons.
“Westworld” looks to be HBO’s hottest property of the 2016/2017 TV season, especially since “Game of Thrones” will be taking off that Emmy cycle. It’s based on the 1973 film of the same name, written and directed by the late Michael Crichton. Though he was best known for writing sci-fi novels like “Jurassic Park” and “The Andromeda Strain,” Crichton also won an Emmy for producing “ER” when it won Best Drama Series back in 1996.
Joining Wood in the cast are Anthony Hopkins (Oscar winner for “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991), who stars as the creator of the theme park at the center of “Westworld,” and four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, who plays a mysterious entity known as the Man in Black.
Jonathan Nolan, an Oscar nominee for co-writing “Memento” (2000) with his brother Christopher Nolan, is responsible for adapting “Westworld” to HBO. Surely this kind of pedigree both on and off camera will be like catnip to Emmy voters next year.
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