Though they may not have received that all-important nod of approval from the Emmys, these TV shows still very much warrant watching.
The nominees for the 74th Emmy awards have been announced, and naturally, there were plenty of surprises and snubs that raised a few eyebrows.
Succession was the leader of the pack, receiving a grand total of 25 nominations including Outstanding Drama. The White Lotus got 20 nominations — making it the most recognised limited series — and Netflix’s Squid Game earned 14 nominations, which makes it the first non-English language show produced entirely outside the West to secure a nomination in a major category.
History was made by the ineffable Zendaya as she became the youngest two-time lead acting nominee and the youngest woman ever to be nominated for producing at the age of 25.
While This is Us earned one nomination for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for their final season, Mandy Moore was notably left out of the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Likewise, Selena Gomez’s name was missing from the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series list for her work in Only Murders in the Building, which received 17 nominations in total, including nominations for both her co-stars, Martin Short and Steve Martin.
However, there were some shows that received not a single mention, leaving them truly snubbed by the Emmys. Still very much deserving of being watched and enjoyed, here are five TV shows to watch this weekend that didn’t quite make the cut this year.
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Loyal Yellowstone fans were left utterly devastated when they saw it was missing from a drama series-related nomination. With its fifth season debuting later this year, there are high hopes for 2023, but if you haven’t started watching it yet, now’s the time. Starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly, the show is set on the largest contiguous ranch in the US and follows an ensemble cast through unsolved murders, open wounds and shifting allegiences.
Recently renewed for a third season, Starstruck is a charming comedy series written by and starring Rose Matafeo following the life and times of a millennial in East London as she hooks up with a gorgeous guy who just so happens to be a famous film star. Pulled back together time and time again in the most extraordinary of circumstances as if by fate, this might just be your new favourite show.
Sandra Oh may have earned her fourth Emmy nomination this year in the lead drama actress category for Killing Eve’s final season, but Netflix’s comedy-drama series The Chair was notably absent. Co-starring Jay Buplass and Holland Taylor, the series centres around the first woman of colour as she’s made the head of the English department at a prestigious university, facing high expectations and extreme demands.
And Just Like That…
Come on, this warranted something at the very least! If you have somehow avoided the much talked about Sex and the City reboot, you need to watch And Just Like That… right now. I can’t promise you that it will be perfect, and there may be some scenes that leave you reeling, but we’ve got to be grateful for any crumbs we’re given, because any SATC is better than no SATC.
Life & Beth
In stark contrast to her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian’s heartfelt rom-com series Life & Beth received precisely zero nominations. Co-starring Michael Cera and Laura Benanti, the series centres on Amy’s character Beth as she recalibrates her life after her mother’s sudden death. Does her long term relationship and steady job still fulfil her?