They can probably start measuring Moira’s head for a new tiara.
As announced Tuesday in Los Angeles, the CBC comedy Schitt’s Creek scored 15 Emmy nominations, a record haul for a Canadian produced comedy. The series, which bowed out after a sixth and final season, earned all but one of the 16 nominations showered on the U.S. cable home of the series, Pop TV.
Accolades went to all four main cast members: Catherine O’Hara, who plays unsinkably eccentric socialite Moira Rose, Eugene and Dan Levy and Annie Murphy. It is also nominated for writing and for outstanding comedy, where it will face off against Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead to Me, The Good Place, Insecure, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What We do in the Shadows.
Emmy now allows up to eight nominees in the show categories. I would have dropped Shadows in comedy and added either Never Have I Ever, a delightful coming of age sitcom from Mindy Kalling seen on Netflix, or After Life, which, in my opinion, had a better second season than Kominsky or Dead to Me.
Snubbed as well, as far as I’m concerned, was After Life’s writer/producer/star Ricky Gervais, who has probably spit into the wind in Hollywood too many times to gain voter consideration. I also would have nominated Never Have I Ever’s tremendous newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the pride of Mississauga, Ont. I was happy to see Ramy Youssef nominated in the comedy Lead Actor category (the first Muslim-American so honoured), and two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali deserved his Emmy nom in support. But why no nomination for the series?
Along with O’Hara and Eugene Levy, another SCTV veteran — Martin Short — picked up an Emmy nomination Tuesday for his serious turn on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. He’s already a two-time Emmy winner.
HBO’s dystopian drama Watchmen led all series with 26 nominations, including one for Best Limited Series. Netflix scored a record haul with 160 nominations, soaring past the HBO total. Of the new streamers, Disney+ (The Mandalorian) and AppleTV+ (The Morning Show) both grabbed a share of Emmy glory with 18 and 19 nominations.
There were other snubs and surprises as I shared Tuesday in the above video for CTV News Channel. The 2020 Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sept. 20 on CTV and ABC.