While HBO was shut out at last year’s Emmys for both Best Limited Series and Best TV Movie, it won both those prizes in 2015 for “Olive Kitteridge” and “Bessie” respectively. But do they make the top 15 list of such programs on the paycaster in order of overall above-the-line performance at the Emmys? Click through our gallery above to find out. Can you guess what’s #1?
When ranking this fare, we’re looking specifically at wins for the program prizes plus directing, writing and the four acting categories. We use the total above-the-line nominations as a tie-breaker. While HBO has broken most of the records that the original “Roots” (1977) once held there are still two out of their reach: most above-the-line nominations (21) and total nominations (37).
Will either of HBO’s current Emmy contenders for Best Limited Series — “The Night Of” and “Big Little Lies”– make this honor roll? Perhaps one of the new telefilms — “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and “The Wizard of Lies” — will break through in a big way.
It would only take three above-the-line wins to make the list. While HBO’s top=performing drama and comedy series have racked up 16 acting wins each, its TV movies and limited series can claim 26 wins for their collective casts. Among these are nine wins for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress category and eight for supporting actors.
Below is a breakdown of the shows represented and total wins in each category:
Best Limited Series (formerly miniseries): 6 Wins
Best Movie: 6 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Directing: 9 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Writing: 9 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Actor: 6 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Actress: 9 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor: 8 Wins
Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actress: 3 Wins
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