All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 26 to cast their ballots for program nominations (save for animated documentary/nonfiction which are restricted to their peer groups.) Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally. In the past, voters were limited in the number of programs that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted.
While there has been an explosion in the number of comedy and drama series in the last several years, the limited series genre has been almost static. There were 25 entries in 2015, 26 last year and 25 again this year. The TV academy. With six nominees for Best Limited Series, the odds for each of the entries detailed below are pretty good. We fill find out which half dozen made the cut when Emmy nominations are announced on July 13.
Unlike comedy and drama series, which are simply listed on the ballot by name, the limited series submissions include the air date, plot description and cast list.
March 26, 2017 – April 30, 2017
When a father, Luis Salazar travels illegally from Mexico into the United States searching for his missing son, he discovers that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised a job and a place to live, these laborers find themselves forced to live in abject poverty.
[Starring: Tim Hutton, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, Sandra Oh, Cherry Jones, Janel Moloney]
American Horror Story: Roanoke
September 14, 2016 – November 16, 2016
After being violently attacked in Los Angeles, Matt and Shelby Miller relocate to a secluded, old house in rural North Carolina and begin experiencing unexplainable, supernatural events.
[Starring: Adina Porter, André Holland, Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Lady Gaga, Taissa Farmiga]
Big Little Lies
February 19, 2017 – April 2, 2017
Set in Monterey, CA that begins with a suspicious homicide. It seems that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers: type-A stay-at-home mom Madeline, her best friend, Celeste, a former corporate lawyer with a seemingly perfect marriage and Jane, a single mom with a dark past.
[Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nording, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz]
Channel Zero: Candle Cove
October 11, 2016 – November 15, 2016
A man returns to the hometown he left as a kid when his brother was one of five children murdered in a case that was never solved. Old memories return to the surface when one mother’s child goes missing.
[Starring: Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw]
Close To The Enemy
November 14, 2016 – December 26, 2016
WWII intelligence officer Callum Ferguson (Sturgess) must complete his last task for the British Army: convince captured German scientist Dieter Koehler to work with the British. While residing in a bomb-damaged London hotel, Ferguson also contends with his troubled brother (Highmore), a musician (Bassett), and a government official (Molina).
[Starring: Jim Sturgess, Alfie Allen, Alfred Molina, Angela Bassett, August Diehl, Freddie Highmore, Robert Glenister, Charity Wakefield, Charlotte Riley, Phoebe Fox, Lindsay Duncan]
January 6, 2017 – March 3, 2017
Swept up into the eye of a tornado, Dorothy Gale is transported to another world – a mystical land where an all-powerful governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches and a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force.
[Starring: Vincent D’Onofrio, Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Joely Richardson, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran]
October 16, 2016 – December 18, 2016
A grisly murder rocks a small town, while the two teenage eyewitnesses fear for their lives.
[Starring: Tyler Young, James Paxton, Julianne Nicholson, Gil Bellows]
April 19, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Set in 2010, Fargo centers on Emmit and Ray Stussy. Emmit sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.
[Starring: Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Shea Whigham, Olivia Sandoval, Mary Elizabeth Winstead]
FEUD: Bette And Joan
March 5, 2017 – April 23, 2017
FEUD details the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during their collaboration on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and well after the cameras stopped rolling. It explores how they endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success in the twilight of their careers.
[Starring: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Burgess, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judy Davis, Alison Wright, Jackie Hoffman, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates]
April 23, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Although his scientific endeavors inspire awe, few know the entire story of the tumultuous private life of last century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush/Johnny Flynn). GENIUS explores his professional achievements along with his volatile and complex personal relationships, to reveal the man behind the mind.
[Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Emily Watson, Seth Gabel, Samantha Colley]
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
November 25, 2016 – November 25, 2016
Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change.
[Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson]
April 16, 2017 – May 14, 2017
GUERRILLA tells the story of a couple whose relationship is tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
[Starring: Babou Ceesay, Freida Pinto]
Harley And The Davidsons
September 5, 2016 – September 7, 2016
The remarkable true story of the Davidson brothers and their best friend Bill Harley, who fought huge odds and beat off rival companies in early 20th century Milwaukee to build the iconic motorbike brand that would become the embodiment of freedom and rebellion.
[Starring: Michiel Huisman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo, Gabriel Luna, Dougrey Scott, Annie Read, Essa O’Shea, Jessica Camacho]
The Kennedys-After Camelot
April 2, 2017 – April 9, 2017
The Kennedys-After Camelot is based on the New York Times best seller, “After Camelot: Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present” by author and biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli.
[Starring: Katie Holmes, Matthew Perry]
December 12, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Detective Nancy Devlin is a good cop with a dark secret. Nancy is loyal to a drug trafficker, who is like a father to her. But when a clandestine meeting leaves Frank dead and Nancy injured and the prime suspect, she must stay one step ahead of the killer.
[Starring: Karla Crome, Laura Haddock, Noel Clarke, Robert James-Collier, Frank Le Saux, Joe Absolom, Amanda Burton, Lindsey Coulson, Gary Lewis]
February 1, 2017 – February 15, 2017
MADIBA tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s journey from young rural boy to the first democratically elected President of South Africa. While many recognize Mandela as the face of the anti-apartheid movement, MADIBA also pays homage to the lesser known people who sacrificed alongside him on the quest for freedom.
[Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, David Harewood, and Michael Nyqvist, Terry Pheto, Jason Kennett, Kate Liquorish, Hlomla Dandala, Meren Reddy]
February 12, 2017 – April 2, 2017
A young woman walks into the town she was abducted from 11 years previously – does she hold the key to the whereabouts of another missing girl?
Tchéky Karyo, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Laura Fraser, Abigail Hardingham]
The New Edition Story
January 24, 2017 – January 26, 2017
New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. THE NEW EDITION STORY follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega-stardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.
[Starring: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Algee Smith]
The Night Of
July 10, 2016 – August 28, 2016
THE NIGHT OF delves into the intricacies of a New York City murder case. From the night of the crime to the eventual verdict, we follow the accused, the son of Pakistani immigrants, through the criminal justice system, while his “precinct trawling” lawyer navigates the complex case.
[Starring: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro]
March 22, 2017 – May 24, 2017
An explosive look at the criminal justice system via the prism of two racially charged shootings in a small town.
[Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Dewanda Wise, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Jill Hennessy, Beau Knapp]
March 17, 2017 – March 17, 2017
Tara Rafferty is living the good life: she’s a successful Dublin lawyer engaged to a fellow solicitor. But Tara’s life is turned upside-down after she discovers her betrothed in bed with a colleague. Abandoning her engagement (and her job), Tara strikes out on her own, starting an unconventional private practice.
[Starring: Amy Huberman, Neil Morrissey, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Rory Keenan, Emmet Byrne, Brahm Gallagher]
February 23, 2017 – April 13, 2017
Set in 1950s Memphis during the tumultuous civil rights movement, SUN RECORDS chronicles the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, when Sam Phillips discovered young musicians like Elvis, Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King and Ike Turner, who combined hillbilly country with R&B, changing the course of music forever.
[Starring: Chad Michael Murray, Billy Gardell, Margaret Anne Florence, Jennifer Holland]
When We Rise
February 27, 2017 – March 3, 2017
Idealistic social-justice fighters come out or are outed, they are forced from their jobs, their movements and their homes, and escape to San Francisco in hopes of finding safe harbor. When their hopes turn to disappointment, they join the fledgling LGBTQ movement and together set to change the world.
[Starring: Guy Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker, Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs]
The White Princess
April 16, 2017 – May 31, 2017
THE WHITE PRINCESS charts one of the most tumultuous times in British history uniquely from the viewpoint of the women waging the battle for power.
[Starring: Jodie Comer, Jacob Collins-Levy, Vincent Regan, Joanne Whalley, Michelle Fairley, Essie Davis]
The Young Pope
January 15, 2017 – February 13, 2017
Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Shrewd and naïve, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.
[Starring: Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, James Cromwell]
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