‘Black Mirror’ is going for a historic Emmy three-peat in Best TV Movie with ‘Bandersnatch’

Last year, “Black Mirror” made Emmy history by becoming the first program to win multiple awards for Best TV Movie when “USS Callister” prevailed a year after “San Junipero’s” victory. It can extend that record in September if “Bandersnatch” helps it secure the first three-peat in the category.

It makes sense that no program had won more than Best TV Movie Emmy until last year since TV movies are typically one-and-done projects. But shows like “Black Mirror” and “Sherlock” have submitted standalone episodes as TV movies in recent years to great success: “Sherlock” won once out of four nominations (for “The Abominable Bride” in 2016) and “Black Mirror” has been 2 for 2 so far.

But its quest for a three-peat might be a wee bit tough. “USS Callister” and “San Junipero” both won Best Limited Series/TV Move Writing, but “Bandersnatch” failed to get a nomination — part of a dubious historic snub for TV movies in acting, writing and directing this year.

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There’s also a new rule dictating that TV movies be at least 75 minutes long to qualify in the category, which means the 60-minute “San Junipero” would have been ineligible, but the 75-minute “USS Callister” would have been OK. (“Bandersnatch,” a choose-your-own-adventure episode with five endings, has an average runtime of 90 minutes.) The rule-tightening suggests that the TV academy wants to curb shows taking advantage of the category with standalone episodes.

“San Junipero” and “USS Callister” didn’t have much formidable competition, but “Bandersnatch” has to contend with “Deadwood: The Movie,” the long-awaited conclusion 13 years after the series was abruptly canceled. “Deadwood” was only nominated for Best Drama Series once, in 2005, so this could be the perfect chance for voters to play catch-up with the beloved David Milch Western. “Deadwood” and Milch received the Heritage and Career Achievement Awards, respectively, at the Television Critics Association Awards last week, and while there is no overlap between the two memberships, this is the kind of buzz you want going into final voting.

“Bandersnatch” is currently in second place in our odds behind “Deadwood: The Movie.” “Brexit” is in third, followed by “My Dinner with Herve” and “King Lear.”

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