Watchmen Leads Emmy Nominees; Breakthroughs For Insecure, What We Do In The Shadows, Ramy, Zendaya and Succession Cast

The Emmy nominations were announced last night, with HBO’s _Watchmen_

leading the way with 26 nominations. _Insecure _and _What We Do In The

Shadows_ earned their first Best Comedy nominations; Ramy Youssef nabbed

his first Best Actor and Best Director in a Comedy nominations for

_Ramy_; Zendaya earned her first ever Emmy nomination, as Best Actress

in a Drama, for _Euphoria_; and Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox  are up for

Best Actor in a Drama for the first time, for _Succession_.  Other first

time Supporting Actor nominees include_ Succession_ stars Nicholas

Braun, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Sarah Snook, as well as

Nigeria’s Yvonne Orji (_Insecure_).


“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry,

it has been an extraordinary year for television,” said Television

Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. “Television has inspired, united

and comforted a global audience this season. We are honoured to be

recognizing so many of the talented programs, producers, directors and

craftspeople behind the remarkable storytelling that has brought us

together while we remain apart.”


Content currently available on Showmax has a whopping 113 nominations,

with more nominees coming soon. This includes:






HBO’s _Watchmen_ is the most nominated show overall at this year’s

Emmys, with 26 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series,

Writing, Cinematography, Lead Actor (Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias), Lead

Actress (Regina King as Sister Night), Supporting Actress (Jean Smart as

Agent Laurie Blake) and three Supporting Actor nominees (Yahya

Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar, Jovan Adepo as Hooded Justice and Louis

Gossett Jr. as William Reeves), not to mention three Directing and three

Editing nominations.


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Inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic DC graphic novel,

_Watchmen_ was the best reviewed new TV show of 2019 on _Rotten

Tomatoes,_ with a 95% critics rating. Created by Damon Lindelof (_Lost,_

_The Leftovers_), the nine-part series was the_ _#1 show of last year

for the likes of _Empire_, _Mashable_,_ Vox_, and _Washington Post_,

where Hank Stuever said the show takes “my breath away with its

bracing vision of racism, mask-wearing vigilantism and super-heroic

qualms in a skewed-reality America.”






Having won Best Writing and Best Original Main Title Theme Music at last

year’s Emmys, _Succession_ is tied with _Ozark_ as the most-nominated

drama this year, with 18 nominations, including Outstanding Drama

Series. Having been snubbed last year, the show’s cast dominate this

year’s nominees in all the categories, including Lead Actor (both 2020

Golden Globe winner Brian Cox as Logan Roy and Jeremy Strong as his son

Kendall), Supporting Actor (Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg, Kieran Culkin

as Roman Roy, and Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans), Supporting

Actress (Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy), Guest Actor (James Cromwell as Ewan

Roy) and Guest Actress (Harriet Walter as Lady Caroline Collingwood and

Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce).


In _Succession_, four very rich siblings behave very badly as they try

to win their father’s approval – and control of his company, a global

media empire. In Season 2, the Roys meet their liberal counterparts as

Logan attempts to orchestrate his biggest acquisition yet.


_Succession_, which won Best TV drama at the 2020 Golden Globes, topped

numerous Best of 2019 lists, from _AV Club _to _The Guardian_ to

_Uproxx._ As _The Guardian_ said: “2019 was the year HBO threw

millions upon millions of dollars at the final season of _Game of

Thrones_, only to have another of its shows blow it out of the water

entirely. That show was _Succession_, Jesse Armstrong’s dizzyingly

seductive drama about a billionaire media family, which became a runaway

hit with its second series. A veritable powerhouse, _Succession_

contained all the things that had once drawn us to Westeros: power,

wealth, loyalty and sheer nastiness.”





The Handmaid’s Tale is up for 10 Emmys this year, including Best

Drama, Supporting Actor (Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence),

Supporting Actress (2018 Emmy winner Samira Wiley as Moira), and Guest

Actress (2017 Emmy winner Alexis Bledel as Emily). Elisabeth Moss was

snubbed this year as June, a role that earned her Best Actress awards at

the 2017 Emmys and 2018 Golden Globes.


Season 1 was based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same

name, which won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award for its depiction of

Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States,

which has returned to ‘traditional values,’ with women treated as

property of the state.


Season 3 has a 81% critics rating on _Rotten Tomatoes_, where the

critics consensus says, “_The Handmaid’s Tale_’s third season reigns

in its horrors and inspires hope that revolution really is possible.”





What We Do In The Shadows is having its best Emmys year yet, with eight

nominations, including its first for Best Comedy and three Best Writing



From Jemaine Clement (_Flight Of The Conchords_) and 2020 Oscar winner

Taika Waititi (_Jojo Rabbit_, _Thor: Ragnarok_), the hit mockumentary

_What We Do In The Shadows_ is a look into the daily (or rather,

nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New York for

over 100 years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.


Season 2 is #9 on _Rotten Tomatoes’_ list of the Best TV Shows of 2020

So far, with a 100% critics rating. As the Season 1 critics consensus on

_Rotten Tomatoes_ put it, _What We Do In The Shadows_ is “delightfully

absurd and ridiculously fun… A mockumentary worth sinking your teeth



Season 2 of _What We Do In The Shadows_ releases on Showmax this

Saturday, 1 August 2020.






_Insecure_ had its best ever year at the Emmys, earning eight

nominations, including first-time nods for Best Comedy and Best

Supporting Actress for Nigerian comedian Yvonne Orji as Molly.

Co-creator Issa Rae received her second Best Actress nomination as Issa,

with the show also picking up Casting, Editing, Music Supervision and

two Cinematography nominations.


_Insecure_ centres on friends Issa and Molly in what the _Rotten

Tomatoes_ critic consensus hails as “an insightful, raunchy, and

hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that

cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.”


As The Peabody Awards put it, “Rae delivers a ground-breaking series

that captures the lives of everyday young black people in Los Angeles

with a fresh and authentic take. Breaking away from tired and familiar

representations of ‘diversity’ on television, this series offers a

fun and intimate portrayal of work, relationships, and the ordinary

experiences of the two young black women at its center.”


_Insecure _is the most nominated show, with _Watchmen_, at the 2020

Black Reel Awards and was named TV Program of the Year at the 2018

American Film Institute Awards.





_Euphoria _is up for six Emmys, including Zendaya’s first-ever Emmy

nomination, for Best Actress in a Drama as 17-year-old Rue, who returns

home from rehab with no plans to stay clean, and falls for the new girl

in town, Jules (played by trans superstar Hunter Schafer).


Zendaya won the 2019 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Drama TV Star

for her role in this adults-only high school drama series, as well as a

Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series. She was also nominated for

a Critics Choice Award. The series also won the Camerimage TV Pilots

competition and Best Music Supervision from The Guild of Music

Supervisor Awards, and earned a 2020 GLAAD Media Award nomination for

Outstanding Drama Series, a Queerty nomination for Best Series, and a

BAFTA nomination for Best International Series.


_Euphoria _has an 8.3/10 rating on _IMDb_ and a 82% critics rating on

_Rotten Tomatoes_, where the consensus says, “_Euphoria_ balances its

brutal honesty with an empathetic – and visually gorgeous – eye to

create a uniquely challenging and illuminating series, held together by

a powerfully understated performance from Zendaya.”





_McMillion__$_ is up for five Emmys this year, including Outstanding

Documentary or Non-Fiction Series, Writing, and Editing.


The six-part HBO documentary investigates the biggest scam in the

history of fast food: the rigged McDonald’s Monopoly competition that

offered its US customers in the ‘90s the chance to go out for a burger

and come home with $1 million. The scam ran for over a decade, had links

to organised crime and netted $24 million worth of illegal profits.


_McMillion$ _has an 89% critics rating on _Rotten Tomatoes_, with _The

Hollywood Reporter_ saying, “_McMillion$_ tells a quirky and

frequently hilarious tale filled with enough twists and turns that

you’ll swear it came from the keyboard of a Carl Hiaasen or Elmore







_Little Fires Everywhere_ is up for five Emmys, including Best Limited

Series, Directing, and Lead Actress (Kerry Washington as Mia).


Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book, _Little Fires

Everywhere_ follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons – a

picture-perfect, privileged white American family – and enigmatic

African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren.


Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (_Big Little Lies, Walk the Line, Wild_)

and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson (_The Affair_, _Dawson’s Creek_)

co-star, with Lexi Underwood earning a 2020 Black Reel nomination as



_Little Fires Everywhere_ has an 80% critics rating on _Rotten

Tomatoes_. _The Guardian_ calls it “moreish, searing, excellent”,

while _CNN_ says it’s “one of those rare multi-generational dramas

where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the





RAMY S2 [17]


_Ramy _is up for three Emmys: Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Director

for creator Ramy Youssef, as well as Best Supporting Actor for two-time

Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (_Moonlight,_ _True Detective_) as Sheikh



_Ramy_ stars 2020 Golden Globe winner and stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef

as Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American in politically

divided New Jersey, where he’s caught between a Muslim community that

thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life

has no consequences.


_Ramy_ won the Audience Award at SXSW 2019 and S2 is currently at #25 on

_Rotten Tomatoes’_ list of the Best TV of 2020 So Far, with a 96%

critics rating. As _Rolling Stone_ put it, “There is no other show

quite like _Ramy_, because there is no other character quite like

Ramy… Superb.”


The Emmy-nominated Season 2 comes first to Showmax on 1 November 2020;

in the meantime, binge Season 1 now.





HBO’s _A Black Lady Sketch Show_ is one of three nominees in the

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category at the Emmys, where it’s

also up for Directing and Guest Actress (Angela Bassett).


Creator Robin Thede (host of BET’s _The Rundown with Robin Thede_ and

head-writer for _The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore_) executive

produces, writes and stars, with Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee

for HBO’s _Insecur_e) producing and guest starring.


The core cast includes Emmy winner Ashley Nicole Black (_Full Frontal

with Samantha Bee_), Gabrielle Dennis (_Insecure, S.W.A.T._) and Quinta

Brunson (_Quinta vs. Everything_), while other guest stars include Emmy

winners Lena Waithe, Emmy nominee Laverne Cox, Imagen Award winner Gina

Torres, _Nailed It!_ star Nicole Byer, Grammy winner Kelly Rowland and

Grammy hall-of-famer Patti LaBelle.


_Hollywood Reporter_ hailed the show as “energetic, funny and

wonderfully distinctive” and_ PopBuzz_ as “sharp, entertaining and

seriously overdue.”






_Bad Education, _nominated for Outstanding TV Movie, is based on the

real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school,

where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school

embezzlement scheme in America’s history.


The movie follows Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman, who is up for Best Actor

for the role) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign

over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement

scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and



The cast includes MTV Movie + TV Awards nominee Alex Wolff

(_Hereditary_), Kathrine Narducci (_The Irishman_, _Godfather of

Harlem_) and Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (_The Irishman_, _Everybody

Loves Raymond_).


_Bad Education_ has a 93% critics rating on _Rotten Tomatoes_, where the

critics consensus is, “Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman,_ Bad

Education _finds absurd laughs – and a worthy message – in the aftermath

of a real-life scandal.”






_Rick and Morty_ is nominated for Best Animated Program, where it’s

competing against _Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman, _and

_The Simpsons._


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Rick Sanchez is a sociopathic genius scientist who lives with his

daughter Beth’s family, constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry,

granddaughter Summer, and inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely

dangerous adventures across the multiverse.


Adult Swim’s half-hour animated comedy is the highest-rated animated

series of all time on _IMDb_, with a 9.2/10 rating, and has won an Emmy,

two Annie Awards and a Critics Choice Award, among other honours. Season

4 has a 94% critics rating on _Rotten Tomatoes_, which praises the

season as “both an exciting progression and a delightful return to

form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.”






_Robot Chicken _is one of three nominees for Best Short Animated

Program, for its Christmas special, _Santa’s Dead (Spoiler Alert)

Holiday Murder Thing Special_ – think _Murder of the North Pole

Express_, with Inspector Jesus on the case and a train full of fairytale

suspects.  _ _


_Robot Chicken_ uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies

to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In its

decade of existence, the show has attracted A-list pop culture voiceover

talent, from George Lucas and Scarlett Johansson to South Africa’s

very own Charlize Theron. The show includes both original characters and

hundreds of parody characters from pop-culture franchises like _Star

Wars_, DC Comics Universe, and now, _The Walking Dead_.


Having just aired its 200th episode, the six-time Emmy-winning series

remains among the top-rated original series on Adult Swim.




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It’s no surprise that three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo

(_Spotlight, Avengers_) is up for Best Actor in a Limited Series for his

dual role in _I Know This Much is True _as identical twin brothers, one

of whom is a paranoid schizophrenic.


As _The Los Angeles Times_ predicted, “In a transformative feat that

seems all but guaranteed to earn him an Emmy nomination, Ruffalo plays

both the Birdsey brothers. He lost 20 pounds before production began,

then spent 16 weeks filming his scenes as the aggressive Dominick. Then

he took six weeks off, gained 30 pounds by subsisting on oatmeal and

mashed potatoes, and returned as the more vulnerable Thomas.”


Based on the 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, _I Know this Much is

True_’s phenomenal cast includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo (_The

Fighter_), Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell (_SMILF_), Emmy nominees

Kathryn Hahn (_Mrs Fletcher_, _Transparent_) and Rob Huebel

(_Transparent_), Golden Globe nominee Archie Panjabi (_Run, The Good

Wife_), and Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (_Natural Born Killers_).



Other 2020 Emmy nominees on Showmax include:


  • HBO’s AI sci-fi series _Westworld [28]_, which is up for 11 Emmys,

including Best Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright as Bernard) and

Supporting Actress (2018 Emmy winner Thandie Newton as Maeve)


  • HBO’s prestige drama _Big Little Lies [29]_, which is up for five

Emmys, including Supporting Actress (2017 Emmy winner Laura Dern as

Renata Klein and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep as Mary Louise



  • NBC’s cop comedy _Brooklyn Nine-Nine [30]_, which is up for two

Emmys, including Supporting Actor (Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond

Holt). Seasons 1-6 are available to binge now on Showmax; Season 7 comes

to Showmax 1 January 2021


  • The Discovery Channel documentary series _Why We Hate [31], _which

is up for Theme Music and Music Composition


  • HBO’s Stephen King crime series _The Outsider [32]_, which is up

for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Jason Bateman as Terry



The reality TV singing competition, _The Masked Singer_ S2, which is up

for two Emmys, including Outstanding Competition Programme, is coming to

Showmax on 1 October 2020, while HBO’s classic comedy _Curb Your

Enthusiasm_, which is up for_ _four Emmys, including Outstanding

Comedy,_ _has nine seasons available to binge, with its most recent

Emmy-nominated season coming first to Showmax in January 2021.


The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on

Sunday, 20 September 2020, with the Creative Arts Awards airing the

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