All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 25 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. Last year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) was lifted.
While there has been an explosion in the number of comedy and drama series in the last several years, the limited series genre had been almost static. There were 25 entries in 2015, 26 in 2016 and 25 again in 2017. But this year there has been an uptick, with 33 such shows submitted. Even so, 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 12.
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.
November 03, 2017 – November 03, 2017
In 19th-Century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity. Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel.
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Anna Paquin, Zachary Levi, Paul Gross, David Cronenberg, Kerr Logan, Rebecca Liddiard
January 22, 2018 – March 26, 2018
An unflinching psychological thriller amidst the underbelly of New York City’s Gilded Age, The Alienist follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant and obsessive Alienist in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys.
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Ray Wisdom, Q’orianka Kilcher, Ted Levine, David Wilmot
American Horror Story: Cult
September 05, 2017 – November 14, 2017
After the surprising results of the 2016 presidential election, a fearful woman’s phobias begin to resurface.
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Alison Pill, Adina Porter, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Eichner, Leslie Grossman
September 15, 2017 – September 15, 2017
A high school is rocked by an act of vandalism, but the top suspect pleads innocence and finds an ally in a filmmaker. A satirical true crime mystery.
Starring: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
January 17, 2018 – March 21, 2018
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story profiles spree-killer Andrew Cunanan, whose cross-country path of destruction earned him a spot on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, before his murder of international fashion icon Gianni Versace on the steps of Versace’s South Beach residence in 1997.
Starring: Darren Criss, Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Finn Wittrock, Cody Fern, Jon Jon Briones, Judith Light, Joanna Adler
Channel Zero: No-End House
September 20, 2017 – October 25, 2017
Inspired by Brian Russell’s creepypasta tale, Channel Zero: No-End House tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator who visits the No End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When she returns home, Margot realizes everything has changed.
Starring: Amy Forsyth, Aisha Dee, Jeff Ward, John Carroll Lynch
March 09, 2018 – March 09, 2018
Tracking an elusive killer, stoic detective Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan) stumbles into a conspiracy fueled by xenophobia, intrigue and cold-blooded murder.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Billie Piper, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, Nathaniel Martello-White
August 04, 2017 – August 04, 2017
Comrade Detective is a gritty, sexy, communist buddy cop show set in 1980s Romania.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman
April 25, 2018 – May 31, 2018
Genius: Picasso stars Antonio Banderas as one of the 20th-Century’s most influential and celebrated artists, who pushed the boundaries of artistic expression, reinventing our perception of the world. Genius explores Picasso’s eight decades of groundbreaking innovation intertwined with his tumultuous personal life.
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Samantha Colley, Poppy Delevingne, TR Knight, Alex Rich, Seth Gabel, Clémence Poésy
The Girlfriend Experience
November 05, 2017 – December 24, 2017
The Girlfriend Experience is a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 movie and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide The Girlfriend Experience—emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price.
Starring: Anna Friel, Louisa Krause, Carmen Ejogo, Narges Rashidi, Morgana Davis, Tunde Adebimpe, Harmony Korine
November 22, 2017 – November 22, 2017
A ruthless outlaw terrorizes the West in search of a former member of his gang, who’s found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Merritt Wever, Scoot McNairy, Sam Waterston, Tantoo Cardinal, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
April 08, 2018 – April 29, 2018
E.M. Forster’s Howards End is the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world.
Starring: Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Philippa Coulthard, Tracey Ullman, Joseph Quinn, Alex Lawther, Julia Ormond
The Last Tycoon
July 28, 2017 – July 28, 2017
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished final novel, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passion, violence and towering ambition of 1930s Hollywood.
Starring: Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
September 26, 2017 – November 08, 2017
When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, unveiling the truth of what really happened when the cameras stopped rolling.
Starring: Starring Edie Falco, Gus Halper, Miles Gaston Villaneuva
May 13, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be young women: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.
Starring: Angela Lansbury, Emily Watson, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton, Jonah Hauer-King, Michael Gambon
The Long Road Home
November 07, 2017 – December 19, 2017
On 4/4/2004, the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad–a day that came to be known as Black Sunday. Based on Martha Raddatz’s book, The Long Road Home chronicles their heroic fight for survival, as well as their families’ wait on the home front.
Starring: Michael Kelly, Jeremy Sisto, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jason Ritter, Noel Fisher, Jon Beavers, EJ Bonilla, Jorge Diaz, Ian Quinlan, Darius Homayoun
The Looming Tower
February 28, 2018 – April 18, 2018
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Peter Sarsgaard, Wrenn Schmidt, Bill Camp, Lewis Cancelmi, Virginia Kull, Ella Rae Peck, Sullivan Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg
Love, Lies And Records
November 20, 2017 – December 25, 2017
Ashley Jensen stars as a modern, working mom in this limited series about the personal and professional lives of employees at the Leeds Register Office. Working at the Register is no ordinary job – every day, the team is faced with life’s greatest milestones: birth, marriage, and death.
Starring: Ashley Jensen, Adrian Bower, Kenny Doughty, Mark Stanley, Rebecca Front
August 01, 2017 – September 12, 2017
Manhunt: Unabomber is a dramatic retelling of the true story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story centers on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim Fitzgerald, who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Jane Lynch, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Chris Noth, Lynn Collins, Katja Herbers, Jeremy Bobb, Brian F. O’Byrne, Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Reaser, Brian d’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn
Marvel’s The Defenders
August 18, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil AKA Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist AKA Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City.
Starring: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Elodie Yung, Sigourney Weaver
January 22, 2018 – January 26, 2018
Mosaic, a six-part limited series, explores the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town, blurring the line between reality and memory.
Starring: Sharon Stone, Jennifer Ferrin, Garrett Hedlund, Devin Ratray, Beau Bridges, Paul Reubens and Frederic Weller
National Treasure: Kiri
April 04, 2018 – April 04, 2018
Kiri is a young black girl in the process of being adopted by a middle class, white family. We follow Miriam, as fingers of suspicion and blame point at her and her judgement is questioned, Kiri’s birth family and foster mother, as they are all thrust into the national limelight.
Starring: Sarah Lancashire, Lia Williams, Lucian Msamati, Paapa Essiedu, Finn Bennett
May 12, 2018 – June 09, 2018
This five-part limited series based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn tracks Patrick from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, toward recovery back home in Britain.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma and Celia Imrie
Picnic At Hanging Rock
May 25, 2018 – May 25, 2018
A reimagining of the iconic Australian novel that plunges us into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day, 1900.
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Samara Weaving, Harrison Gilbertson
April 13, 2018 – May 18, 2018
Rellik is a twisting thriller that follows Gabriel, a disfigured UK police detective who becomes obsessed with tracking down the serial killer who left him physically and emotionally scarred after an acid attack. Rellik begins with the capture of a prime suspect, moving backwards in time to the crime itself.
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour
February 23, 2018 – February 23, 2018
The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.
Starring: Regina King, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Russell Hornsby, Beau Knapp, Michael Mosley, David Lyons, Raul Castillo, Patrick Murney
August 02, 2017 – September 20, 2017
The Sinner follows a young mother who commits a startling act of violence and has no idea why. When an investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.
Starring: Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott, Dohn Norwood, Abigail Miller
September 18, 2017 – September 19, 2017
The State follows four young Britons who leave their lives behind to join ISIS, unmasking the harrowing reality of life in the radical extremist group. The State provides a raw and authentic look at a pressing issue of our time.
Starring: Ony Uhiara, Sam Otto, Shavani Cameron, Ryan McKen, Ali Suliman, Amir El-Masry, Haaz Sleiman
March 25, 2018 – May 21, 2018
Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction.
Starring: Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Paul Ready, Adam Nagaitis, Ciaran Hinds, Nive Nielsen
Top Of The Lake: China Girl
September 10, 2017 – September 12, 2017
When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes China Girl didn’t die alone.
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman, Alice Englert, Gwendoline Christie, Ewen Leslie, David Dencik
May 21, 2017 – September 03, 2017
It is happening again.
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan
Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G.
February 27, 2018 – May 01, 2018
A true crime limited series that chronicles the dual police investigations of Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players, Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace.
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Brent Sexton
January 24, 2018 – February 28, 2018
In February 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) conducted a raid on a small religious community near Waco, TX. A 51-day standoff with leader David Koresh and his followers, the Branch Davidians, ensued and ended after an FBI assault led to a fire that killed 76 people.
Starring: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Benoist, Rory Culkin, Julia Garner
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