‘The Path’ Emmy submissions: Hulu ‘cult’ hit poised for 2nd season breakthrough

The Path” is a cult hit on Hulu — literally. The series portrays a fictional cult-like religion called Meyerism, and it returned for a second season in January 2017. Then in April it was renewed for season three. Will it get an Emmy bump in its sophomore year?

The series missed out on Emmy nominations last year, perhaps in part to how a new a player Hulu was when it comes to producing original scripted content. This year the streaming service has increased its profile with the literary adaptation “The Handmaid’s Tale,” so now that Hulu has decisively put itself on the map, perhaps “The Path” has a newfound path to victory.

It certainly couldn’t ask for a more Emmy-friendly lead cast, all of who are familiar to the TV academy. Aaron Paul won three Emmys for Best Drama Supporting Actor for “Breaking Bad” (2010, 2012, 2014). Hugh Dancy is a past Emmy nominee for his supporting role in the miniseries “Elizabeth I” (2006). And though Michelle Monaghan didn’t earn an Emmy nomination for season one of “True Detective,” she probably came close — and she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role not long thereafter.

Paul, Dancy and Monaghan are on the ballot in lead categories. There’s only one other “Path” actor entered for consideration, guest actress Melanie Griffith. The series also submitted conservatively for Best Drama Directing where it entered two episodes (“Providence” and “Restitution”), and for Best Drama Writing where it entered just one (“Restitution”). And in Creative Arts categories, the show is focused on two races: Best Drama Casting and Best Picture Editing. It may also be a contender for music, but ballots are not available for music categories, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here).

Check out the compete list of “The Path” Emmy submissions below.

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Best Drama Series

Best Drama Actor
Hugh Dancy
Aaron Paul

Best Drama Actress
Michelle Monaghan

Best Drama Guest Actress
Melanie Griffith, “Return”

Best Drama Directing

Best Drama Writing

Best Casting (Drama)

Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama Series)

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