Since the 1960s, Emmy voters have honored made-for-television films with the Best TV Movie award. Unlike the continuing program categories, this one is not bound to genre restrictions. This typically leads to diverse lineups of films, and it appears this year’s will be no different.
HBO is the most prolific network in the category’s history, having produced 22 winners from 76 nominations. The most recent of these victories came in 2020 for “Bad Education.” After losing with “Oslo” last year, they are back in the hunt again with the HBO Max films “The Fallout” and “The Survivor.”
Since the academy gave the 2021 prize to “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” they may feel compelled to award “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas,” “Christmas in Tune,” or “The Waltons: Homecoming” this time. The former is a continuation of NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” while the latter is a remake of the 1971 holiday film that led to CBS’s “The Waltons.” Also in contention are two more series continuation films: “Ray Donovan: The Movie” and “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers.”
Horror may also prove to be a popular genre this year, with the Lifetime sequel “The Bad Seed Returns” and four films in Amazon’s “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series all in the running.
Scroll through our photo gallery of 2022 Emmy predictions for Best TV Movie.
Network: HBO Max
Plot: A high school student attempts to recover from being involved in a school shooting.
Network: HBO Max
Plot: The true story of boxer and Holocaust survivor Harry Haft.
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas’
Plot: A special holiday continuation of the musical comedy series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
John Clarence Stewart
Michael Thomas Grant
‘Ray Donovan: The Movie’
Plot: Two years after the series finale of “Ray Donovan,” the title character hunts down his father.
Network: Channel 4
Plot: A British man and his carer’s lives are altered by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers’
Plot: The titular animated chipmunks reunite to solve a new case 30 years after their original series ended.
‘The Waltons: Homecoming’
Network: The CW
Plot: A remake of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,” which spurned the nine-season drama series “The Waltons.”
‘Better Nate Than Ever’
Plot: A coming-of-age story centered on a 13-year-old boy obsessed with Broadway.
Norbert Leo Butz
‘The Sky Is Everywhere’
Network: Apple TV+
Plot: A high school student gets caught in a love triangle following the unexpected death of her older sister.
Plot: A bingo hall frequented by a group of elderly friends comes under new management, and they soon discover the sinister nature of the deal.
L. Scott Caldwell
Joshua Caleb Johnson
‘Black as Night’
Plot: A teenage girl and her friends hunt vampires in New Orleans.
‘The Bad Seed Returns’
Plot: A sequel to 2018’s “The Bad Seed” in which murderous child Emma Grossman continues to wreak havoc.
Plot: Four sorority sisters reunite 15 years after the strange death of their dean.
‘Cheaper by the Dozen’
Plot: The classic story of a family of 12 is modernized as a look into the lives of a blended family.
Plot: A 1970s Mexican-American couple experience supernatural occurrences leading up to the birth of their first child.
‘Vanished: Searching for My Sister’
Plot: A woman whose twin sister has gone missing ends up assuming her identity in her attempts to find her.
Plot: A woman who has recently had a stroke attempts to escape her new assisted living facility.
‘List of a Lifetime’
Plot: A woman fighting breast cancer and the daughter she gave up for adoption make a bucket list.
‘Christmas in Tune’
Plot: Former romantic and professional partners Joe and Georgia Walker reunite for a Christmas concert.
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