The Shows of the 2018 Emmys
Another network sitcom that managed to crack the Emmy glass ceiling is black-ish, an ABC show that follows an upper-class African-American family trying to deal with the generation and cultural gap between parents and children. The show stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as parents Dre and Rainbow Johnson, alongside a cast of talented child actors, and guest stars that have included Rashida Jones, Laurence Fishburne, Tyra Banks, and Wanda Sykes.
This is black-ish’s first time being nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, and they also picked up nods in four other categories including Outstanding Lead Actor, Actress, and Guest Star in a Comedy Series.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After 30 Rock went off the air, people were jonesing for more Tina Fey, and in 2015, Netflix delivered with their show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was created and produced by Tina Fey and screenwriting partner Robert Carlock.
Many people consider Kimmy Schmidt to be the greatest sitcom to come out of any web platform, and it’s been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for every single one of its four seasons, including this year, which is impressive because they’ve only released half of season four so far. Tituss Burgess has also been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times but has yet to win — maybe this will be his year.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
The FX network has a number of shows raking in the Emmy nominations this year, including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story. The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second season of their popular show American Crime Story, a true-crime series that obsessively recreates the famous events of a different crime every season. This season follows Andrew Cunanan, the serial killer that killed Gianni Versace outside of his Miami Beach mansion.
The show was nominated for 19 Emmys, including a remarkable three for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for three individual episodes, and six acting awards including series leads Darren Criss and Penelope Cruz, as well as stellar guest star Judith Light.