The fun in predicting the nominees for the best limited series is that every year, unlike the comedy and drama categories, we see wildly different contenders: akin to the films, it’s always a rather excellent mixed bag. Even returning anthology series, while retaining a similar blueprint have something exciting to offer, even if they may not be able to live up to the glory of a previously told anthology series from the same show.
This year’s potential contenders, while not many, have already made a lot of noise at the Golden Globes and SAGs, while also raking in significant audience support and cracking the numbers. HBO is still looking strong with the somewhat audience favourite, the bleakly excellent ‘Sharp Objects’ starring an amazing Amy Adams, and the terrifying ‘Chernobyl’ that is currently the highest rated TV show on IMDb. While Netflix has stayed in the game previously with ‘American Crime Story’, with ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ and ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson’ each winning in the years they were nominated, this year they have the Cary Fukunaga directorial ‘Maniac’ that didn’t quite make the cut at the Emmy’s, and Ava Duverney’s excellent and hard hitting ‘When They See Us’. FX too is looking to repeat its string of successes with the recently released Fosse/Verdon. All in all, this is going to be an interesting race, and we for one can’t wait to find out who lifts the trophy come September this year at the Emmys ceremony. Read on to find what show I think is the strongest contender for Outstanding Limited Series at Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Despite being snubbed by the Emmys in possibly every category, ‘Maniac’ was easily the best show to look at last year. Its visuals, architecture, costumes and soundtrack seemed to be stuck in the retro era, while all else is techno-futuristic making for quite a unique cocktail, and that is exactly what made this series so rare. This trippy and wild limited series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill is helmed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and just the names in there, coupled with the remarkable critical reception should have helped it sail through the nominations blockade, but unfortunately, ‘Maniac’ couldn’t make it past.
On the outset, ‘Good Omens’ looked like the kind of show that would appeal to a general audience more than the critical circles, unless it was ridiculously well made. Well, on both those grounds, to my surprise, the show did quite well, having released just one day ahead of the Emmys nomination closure. Starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Aziraphale and Crowley respectively, an angel and demon who must team up to stop the end of days. I had a lot of good faith in this show beforehand, and the primary reason behind that would be the involvement of Neil Gaiman in the writing department, the name behind shows like ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Lucifer’ and ‘American Gods’, with his signature wry humour even visible from the promos. With the involvement of a few more Hollywood biggies including Frances McDormand and Benedict Cumberbatch, this one surely seemed to have an edge and a good shot at actually making the nominations, given its immensely positive reception, but this too somehow fell short.