Ryan Murphy has amassed 29 Emmy nominations, producing six wins, across multiple categories in the last 15 years. But there is one category he has yet to crack but can do so this year with “Pose”: Best Drama Series.
Yup, that’s right, he has never fielded a Best Drama Series nominee. It’s not that surprising when you think about it; Murphy usually makes a killing in the limited series races, thanks to his “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” franchises. And while “Feud: Bette and Joan” proved to be no match for “Big Little Lies” in 2017, it bagged a whopping 18 nominations itself, winning for hairstyling and makeup.
Murphy’s other big Emmy player was “Glee,” which received two Best Comedy Series nominations for its first two seasons and won Murphy his first Emmy, for helming the pilot, in 2010. In fact, that “Glee” victory is the only one of Murphy’s that was for a regular series. His other five statuettes were for Best Limited Series for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (2016) and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (2018); Best TV Movie for “The Normal Heart” (2014); Best Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series for “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (2016); and Best Limited Series/TV Movie Directing for “Versace” (2018).
The success of “Glee” and his anthology series obscures the fact that Murphy’s regular drama series output is not high at all. His very first drama series was “Nip/Tuck,” which received the Best Drama Series Golden Globe in 2005, but was never a major Emmy force, earning a directing nomination for Murphy for the pilot (his first Emmy bid) and just one win for makeup in 2004. After “Nip/Tuck” ended in 2010, Murphy wouldn’t make a regular drama series again until 2018 with “9-1-1,” an addictive hit for Fox, but one that’s, lbr, is not coming close to the drama series lineup. (If you’re wondering, “Scream Queens,” which ran from 2015-16, competed as a comedy at the Emmys.)
Murphy didn’t wait too long before launching “Pose,” which premiered five months after “9-1-1” last summer. The groundbreaking series — it features the largest cast of transgender actors — has already netted two Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominations, including Best Drama Series, a Writers Guild of America Award nomination, and was named as one of AFI’s Top 10 programs of 2018. It’s flashy, progressive and important enough, and the drama field is wide open enough, for Murphy to check one more category off his Emmy to-do list. Helping its cause? FX has already sent out “Pose” screeners to voters.
In our early odds, “Pose” is just outside the top seven in eighth place, trailing “Game of Thrones,” “Killing Eve,” “This Is Us,” “Better Call Saul,” “Ozark,” “Homecoming” and “Succession.”
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