I joined my fellow Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow and Zach Laws to discuss this year’s Best Limited Series and Best TV Movie races at the 2019 Emmy Awards (watch the video slugfest above). “It’s going to be very difficult for a lot of earlier contenders to hang on,” Laws fears, alluding to the abundance of new limited series contenders premiering in the last month of eligibility. The month of May alone featured the premieres of “Catch-22,” “Chernobyl” and “The Hot Zone,” and has both “Good Omens” and “When They See Us” dropping their entire seasons on May 31.
Our panel is an agreement that it may be difficult for early-breaking contenders to stay in the conversation, but we also recognize the challenge of watching all these late-breakers before marking off the Emmy ballot. Compared to, for example, “A Very English Scandal,” “Escape at Dannemora” and “Sharp Objects,” which can ride their precursor support to noms, newer shows will have to “rely on their buzz at the moment,” I say.
It “has been more of a placeholder,” I then declare about current odds-on favorite “Dannemora.” While it still seems like a lock for a nomination, Chow boldly proclaims, “The win will be between ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘When They See Us’.” Both Laws and I are betting on the latter to take home the prize, reasoning our prediction with the show’s timeliness, subject matter and low episode count. Chow himself, on the other hand, is leaning more towards the former, because of its timely message, mesmerizing filmmaking and improving ratings. In fact, he thinks it’s far ahead of HBO’s other two contenders, “Sharp Objects” and “True Detective,” which may have fallen out of the conversation.
Other contenders we discuss are “A Very English Scandal,” “Catch-22,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Good Omens,” “The Act,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Hot Zone.”
In the race for Best TV Movie, we have two-time reigning champ “Black Mirror” in the running yet again, this time for its newest installment titled “Bandersnatch.” While it’s currently out in front in our odds, our panel considers “Deadwood: The Movie,” which premieres May 31 on HBO, the safer bet. Laws points to “collective goodwill for the original show” and the movie’s quality as reasons why, but Chow warns about it possibly being inaccessible to non-watchers of the original series.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominations are announced on July 16. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.