‘Severance’ poised to be the next awards breakthrough for Apple TV+

Following universal acclaim and word-of-mouth buzz, Apple TV+ renewedSeverance” for a second season, two days before its explosive Season 1 finale. The buzzy drama series stars Adam Scott as Mark, an office worker who had an operation through his employer to sever his outside memories while at work and his work memories while on the outside. Critics have praised the series for its thought-provoking themes, which range from the banality of office culture to the existential threat of corporations that don’t have your best interest at heart. Such concepts are wrapped in a science fiction-tinged paranoia thriller that has entranced audiences since its February premiere.

SEE 25 best supernatural TV shows ever, ranked [PHOTOS]

The resonance of “Severance” is hardly a surprise in this day and age, as the show shares DNA with the kinds of American workplace satires from the turn of the century like “Fight Club” and “Office Space.” With more and more workers leaving the office in the midst of the pandemic, the concept of work-life balance is more potent than ever. “Severance” revels in the delicate tension between employees and their employer as they question the very nature of their work, and the personal sacrifices that are asked of them on a daily basis.

SEE Making of ‘Severance’: Lively roundtable panel with Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Dan Erickson and more [WATCH]

Scott’s portrayal of Mark is that of a seemingly content man who is starting to come undone thanks to the arrival of co-worker Helly (Britt Lower), a critical thinker who questions everything despite undergoing the severance operation herself. The pair work in the same office pod as other severed workers Dylan (Zack Cherry) and Irving (John Turturro), who are tasked with menial computer duties. Rounding out the cast are Academy Award winners Christopher Walken as Burt, a severed employee from another department, and Patricia Arquette as Harmony, Mark’s demanding boss.

“Severance” is on the brink of contending in several Emmy categories, according to the latest Gold Derby odds. The psychological thriller is in sixth place for a Best Drama Series nomination, with eight slots available. Scott and Arquette are just outside the predicted six in Best Drama Actor and Drama Supporting Actress, respectively, though their odds are rising. Turturro is on the cusp of breaking into Best Drama Supporting Actor, while Lower and Walken are outside contenders for Best Drama Actress and Supporting Actor, respectively. But if the positive reception of “Severance” continues to spread, we might see surge when nominations are announced, especially on the heels of Apple’s red-hot Best Comedy Series champ “Ted Lasso” and Best Picture Oscar winner “CODA.”

Emmy odds for Best Drama Series
What will win?

Make your predictions at Gold Derby now. Download our free and easy app for Apple/iPhone devices or Android (Google Play) to compete against legions of other fans plus our experts and editors for best prediction accuracy scores. See our latest prediction champs. Can you top our esteemed leaderboards next? Always remember to keep your predictions updated because they impact our latest racetrack odds, which terrify Hollywood chiefs and stars. Don’t miss the fun. Speak up and share your huffy opinions in our famous forums where 5,000 showbiz leaders lurk every day to track latest awards buzz. Everybody wants to know: What do you think? Who do you predict and why?

More News from GoldDerby