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February 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm #367558
For many years now, The Good Wife has been the sole broadcast drama to get a nomination in Best Drama Series (excluding PBS, which isn’t really a broadcast network). Does the end of this series essentially mean the end of broadcast drama’s getting nominated for Best Drama?
Since 2010, the only other broadcast network drama to get nominated for Best Drama was “Friday Night Lights” (but I’m not sure if that counts because I’m not sure if it counted as a nod for NBC or Direct TV). So do you think that the exit of The Good Wife will simply mean that only cable dramas will get nominated in this category?
If not, what broadcast drama will take its place as the nominated series?February 7, 2016 at 9:05 pm #367560
Who carries “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Empire”?February 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm #367561
Who carries “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Empire”?
I’m sorry, I realize I wasn’t very articulate. I am referring to nominations in Best Drama Series. I have edited the original post to be more clear.February 7, 2016 at 9:59 pm #367562
Erm, were you sleeping the last few years?
Good Wife’s been ignored in Drama Series for 4 consecutive years.
Though it’s been the only network Drama Series with multiple major noms for 5 consecutive years (I’m counting FNL as DirecTV esp as they were clearly the ones campaigning for the show.).February 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm #367563
It will happen. But, the broadcast networks are going to have to deliberately pursue getting a top award-worthy vehicle. And the material will have to be bolder and not some type of content which fits with the rest of a network’s lineup as if its dramas are interior decorating pieces of the same type fare — like CBS’s slate of procedural dramas (which can make one feel there isn’t much difference between one title and the next).February 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm #367564
If they can get back some acclaim, the finale should be able to get a writing nomination.February 8, 2016 at 1:33 am #367565
The season has been completely mediocre so far. They’re circling around the same topics, so unless the last episodes are killers and the press is on its side, all it will get is an acting nod or two. Probably Baranski could win, but she’s been terribly underused once again.February 8, 2016 at 3:50 am #367566
Margulies has a win-level Emmy tape with “Judged.” Let’s see what the series finale has in store for her, though I’m expecting mostly wrap-up there. No Drama Series bid, but a good dose of returning acting nods (make it or break it for Baranski), casting, and “fingers crossed” writing/directing nods.February 8, 2016 at 8:20 am #367567
I’m thinking another Marguiles win is going to happen and maybe Baranski or even Alan Cumming.February 8, 2016 at 9:32 am #367568
It means it’s now or never for Baranski, and that the 2016/17 Emmys Drama Supporting Actress is pretty damn open full of slots now Mad Men, Downton Abbey and The Good Wife have/are about to end.February 8, 2016 at 7:28 pm #367569
I’m thinking another Marguiles win is going to happen and maybe Baranski or even Alan Cumming.
I’m not concerned about this year’s Emmy nominations. (Not now, here in February 2016!)
The Emmys treated The Good Wife with respect just for its acting with each of its first five seasons, in which one performance per season won the gold. But, that is when the CBS series peaked. (Its nominations for best series, with each of its first two seasons, were representative of the Emmys welcoming a freshman in a season which also welcomed other freshmen nominated for best series—like Glee, Modern Family, and Nurse Jackie—along with a corresponding writing nod for The Good Wife pilot. Beginning with Season #02, a downward trend took shape by giving it a best-series nomination and nothing in writing or directing to support that supposed enthusiasm. And when a series doesn’t get at least one slot between directing and writing, you can immediately write it off for best series with precious few exceptions from the past. The Emmys kissed it off, in best series, after that point.)
Season #06 was a jump-the-shark move in the wrong direction for the top character—having Alicia run for state’s attorney (not a high stakes position, story wise) sucked up practically the entire season and was a chore to endure—and, with Season #07, the adventure was in seeing Alicia rebuild her life after yet another drawing-room drama fallout with her law firm partners.
The lifespan of any series is difficult to sustain…especially when it ages more than four seasons. But, I don’t think The Good Wife had much more to offer other than, had it been renewed for a Season #08, clocking in more time for bragging rights in saying it turned out be a long-running (especially if it reached ten seasons) network drama. The Good Wife is better off getting to go now—with conclusion of this 2015-16 television season (its seventh)—than to bring in a different exec producer and drag out the inevitable. Its time has arrived.February 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm #367571
Friday Night Lights got in because DirecTV was able to put all of their campaign might behind it, whereas NBC had dozens of shows to promote.February 9, 2016 at 2:07 am #367572
Season 5 not nominated for drama series was one of Emmys biggest joke.February 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm #367573
Well, sooner or later some other broadcast show might be nominated, but sounds like that ain’t happening this year or the next one.
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