Welcome to the Q&A session with the TV critic, also known to some TV fans as their “TV therapist”, Matt Roush, who will attempt to address everything you love, hate, confuse, frustrate, or love. thrills in today’s vast television landscape. (We know that the background music is too loud, but there are always subtitles).
A word of warning: this is a spoiler-free zone, so we won’t be addressing upcoming stories here unless it’s already common knowledge. Please send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the form at the bottom of the column) and follow me on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush). Look for the Ask Matt columns on many Tuesdays and some Fridays.
Editor’s Note: Unsurprisingly, after the Emmy nominations were announced earlier this week, the mailbag was filled with reactions from fans who were either pleased or, more often, upset by the results. . Here is a sample:
Three (or seven) cheers for Abbot Elementary!
Comment: Now that the Emmy nominations have been announced, your mailbox will be filled with who or what should have been nominated. I’m not going to argue with that, given how many people I think were robbed. Instead I’m praising how Abbott Elementary broke through and got the recognition it deserves (seven nominations in total). It became one of my favorite comedies this season, along with (also nominated) Only murders in the building. The last time a television network won an Emmy was Modern Familyso i’ll be supporting Abbott Elementary. — Katy
Matt Roush: you and me both love ted lasso and celebrated its many Emmy wins last year, but I hope against hope that Emmy voters recognize how rare an achievement it is for a relevant and intelligent comedy like Abbott Elementary emerge on network television and become a success and reward you accordingly. (Very likely, I know, but if I wasn’t an optimist at heart, I would have burned out a long time ago.) Hacks, Only murders in the building, and my current obsession, What we do in the shadowsThey’re worthy, too, but this year why not embrace the underdogs who beat the odds? Seeing the same shows win again this year, while that’s what we’re hoping for with the Emmys, will be a bummer.
How many nominations should a show have?
Ask: I’m sure you’re getting a lot of mail about the Emmys, but my question is more about the process than the nominations. (For the record, what disappointed me most was the lack of love for ghosts either yellow stone and Kelly Reilly, Selena Gomez, Luke Kirby, Wyatt Russell and Julia Roberts missed out on nominations). Do you think they’ll ever try to limit the number of nominees per show per category? This year’s nominations, including a whopping five nominees from the white lotus in one category, it seems like a conversation about how to do it is warranted. I’m not that familiar with the voting process, but it seems like a lot of people only vote for the people on the shows they like the most, leaving some very valuable people out in the cold. — molly m
Matt Roush: This year’s nominations are notable (not in a good way) for racking up multiple nominations for a limited number of shows. Because the entire cast of the white lotus they were presented in limited series supporting categories (eight nominations in total), which were highlighted. But so did the 10 acting nominations for ted lasso and 14 for Succession (even in the guest acting categories), which gives the impression that the overwhelmed Academy members just flagged down anyone who was on one of the few shows they actually watch. The situation with the excess of TV has gotten out of hand and I would not know how to begin to solve it. (Blue-ribbon nomination panels, perhaps, but how do you put them together, and who’s got the time?) Your suggestion to limit the number of nominations any show can get is too arbitrary. Where to draw the line and how? (I guess you could take the top two or three that got the most votes for any individual category, but that’s pretty much what happened with the aforementioned exception of Lotus.) The problem here is that many of the best TV shows have rich casts, and if everyone on the current show gets nominated, that leaves very little room for the others.
yellow stone I got (Bleep)ed!
Ask: Before I dive into the inevitable snubs, I just want to say how genuinely surprised I am by the love they give to Abbott Elementary and his multiple acting nominations. I know many saw it as insurance for a Best Comedy Series nomination at least, but with the Emmys and broadcast TV, you never know. I also applaud HBO’s nomination The survivor, a heartwarming TV movie that didn’t get much love when it premiered earlier this year. But it’s still impossible to take the Emmys seriously when they keep giving ZERO LOVE to yellow stone.
Season four was inevitably a step back, but that reflects even more badly on the Emmys for not giving her love in previous years. What does the most popular show in all of television mean (when it comes to a television award show, not “web shows mislabeled as TV shows that air on streaming platforms”) with an amazing cast, a great production, a moving drama and a thought-provoking atmosphere? they have to make the stories to be nominated above the culturally irrelevant fare like yellow jackets (perhaps the nominators were confused by the similar names). The Emmys shouldn’t be picking shows just because they’re popular, but would apparently deliberately ignore a show watched by tens of millions of shows watched by just tens of thousands on their iPhones. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see a Yellowstone Succession opening play? — justin g
Matt Roush: this was not yellow stoneThe best season of, I agree, but it also wasn’t a banner year creatively for past-its-peak-bloated new episodes. Strange things, which to me seems more like he got his Drama Series nomination as a reward for his popularity. I can’t explain why Emmy voters are so averse to Taylor Sheridan shows: 1883 It also didn’t burn the nominations for limited series, which have become something of a cottage industry. Perhaps the upcoming spin-off featuring the star power of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren will be harder to ignore. But if Kevin Costner and a rising star like Kelly Reilly can’t move the needle, maybe nothing can.
not a Ghost of a chance
Comment: Much will be written about Emmy snubs, but I have to weigh in on my two disappointments: ghosts for Comedy Series (such a wonderful feel-good show) and Luke Kirby for Supporting Actor in a Comedy (his performance in the season finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was the best so far). — Dee
Matt Roush: Perhaps if Luke Kirby had stayed in the guest star category (where he previously won), he might have had a better chance than facing supporting cast from ted lasso Y barry. This was not my favorite season of Maisel, but Lenny Bruce’s tirade to Midge in the finale was definitely a highlight. as for ghosts: I knew it would be a long shot, but I was hoping that some of those Greater Than Beyond performances from the various spirits might turn heads. If the show continues to grow in popularity and visibility, which I hope, I’m still hopeful that Emmy voters will find it in future seasons. But given the uphill climb, any series of chains has to be noticed, ghosts he has his work prepared for it.
abbot the broadcast network exception
Comment: I am very happy that Abbott Elementary was nominated for best comedy, along with some fabulous actresses (and an actor) from the show. However, I am disappointed that The Conners was totally ignored. I feel that last season was very strong. my mom is mad because Yellowstone, Big Sky, This Is Us Y a million little things they were not nominated. He doesn’t realize how cutthroat the drama category of streamers is. — Fred
Matt Roush: Even when The Conners I was rosaanne in the past, and a monstrous success, she often struggled to get the Emmy love she deserved. Multi-camera comedies are out of fashion in many ways. The only sitcom on the network besides Abbott Elementary I felt like I even had a chance ghosts. Regarding the dramas: I am especially disappointed that the final season of We are was so ignored. A creative and resonant network drama that tried to rise above the formula, and emotionally attracted so many viewers, is something to treasure and at least acknowledge. Letting it close without any acknowledgment is unfortunate.
And finally …
Ask: Do you think the Emmys will ever give out separate awards for network, cable, and broadcast? — Pat
Matt Roush: This question comes up every year and is especially pertinent in a year where only one network series made the cut in either the comedy or drama categories. My answer is, as in previous years, no, the TV Academy is not going to segregate network television from cable, premium, and streaming programming. If they had, would it have been the advancement of Abbott Elementary even be newsworthy? I’m glad Warner Bros. (now Discovery) and Disney haven’t relegated this wonderful show to a streamer like Hulu, HBO Max, or Disney+, like other great shows have been passed over by the networks. It’s true that good work is being undervalued, but that’s also the case with many broadcast and cable shows. (I’m thinking of the wonderful HBO Max Julia Julia Child series). The pool of candidates is already too large. Creating awards just for network TV shows would lessen the impact of winning an Emmy, giving the impression that network TV is being sponsored as something smaller and different. While it’s obvious that content restrictions for networks often result in an uneven playing field, creating new categories just to give the most popular shows a spotlight would threaten to turn the Emmys into the People’s Choice Awards.
That is all for now. We can’t do this without your involvement, so please keep sending TV questions and comments to email@example.com or drop me a line on Twitter (@TVGMMattRoush), and you can also submit questions via the handy form below. (Include a name with your question.)