Hey, ‘Killing Eve’: Don’t fret about that Best Drama Series Emmy snub, the same thing happened to ‘Breaking Bad’

BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” based on Luke Jennings‘ “Villanelle” novels, had a killing at the Emmys by earning major nominations for Sandra Oh as Best Drama Actress and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Best Drama Writing. Many awards pundits thought it would do even better, with 5 of our 19 Emmy Experts predicting it would earn a coveted nomination for Best Drama Series. But don’t fret. Just because “Killing Eve” missed out on a drama series bid this year doesn’t mean all hope is lost. After all, the same thing happened to “Breaking Bad.”

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“Breaking Bad” premiered on AMC as a little-watched drama in 2008 and earned four Emmy bids its first at-bat. It won Best Drama Actor for Bryan Cranston and Best Picture Editing, and was nominated for Best Drama Directing for Vince Gilligan and Best Cinematography. Years later, after building in support from fans and Emmy voters alike, the show went on to win Best Drama Series twice (2013-14).

Other recent examples of dramas that prevailed in the top category despite being snubbed for their first seasons include “The Practice” (snubbed in 1997, won in 1998-99), “Law & Order” (snubbed in 1991, won in 1997) and “Cagney & Lacey” (snubbed in 1982, won in 1985-86). So just because “Killing Eve” didn’t get the golden ticket to the Emmys this year doesn’t mean it’s out of the running for future seasons. Sometimes Emmy voters are simply late to the party.

Sandra Oh, who portrays MI5 officer Eve Polastri, faces fierce competition in Best Drama Actress against last year’s winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), 2016 champ Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), and repeat nominees Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”). Whether or not she prevails, Oh has already made Emmys history by being the first Asian actress nominated in this category. She has submitted the episode “I Have a Thing About Bathrooms” for Emmy consideration.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who’s also the developer of “Killing Eve,” contends for writing the pilot episode “Nice Face.” The other nominees in Best Drama Writing are Bruce Miller for “June” (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg for “START” (“The Americans”), Peter Morgan for “Mystery Man” (“The Crown”), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for “The Dragon and the Wolf” (“Game of Thrones”) and The Duffer Brothers for “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (“Stranger Things”).

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