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Let me begin by donning my curmudgeon griping hat. This won’t be a column full of complaining, but there will be some. That’s because the Emmy nominations It was published this weekThey offered the usual happy surprises as well as vicious snubs. However, they also included something extra: The names of many shows that were published more than four months ago and a few of the most amazing shows from the spring.
In my time (see? Curmudgeon: Most shows were first released in fall, and people had to wait months before they could be accessed. There was a change in the landscape with streaming services and premium cable networks dropping shows randomly or during times of network programming hiatus. They were therefore more likely to get noticed. This year, things hit a whole new level with scores of splashy shows starring A-list talent—Showtime’s First Lady, Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent—landing in the spring. It is always a joy to have new TVs in spring and summer. But this year, there was too much and many viewers gave up.
Television Academy members are not only casual viewers. “I just don’t think that there’s any way that a single voter can really take a stab at watching at least one episode of everything,” one member Submitted Vanity FairPreviousThis month. This is not a time when anyone should really care. That much what Emmy voters think—“like what you like,” I always say—but when even the people whose job it is to watch television can’t keep up, there’s a problem.
Last month, my colleague Jason Kehe This was the pointIt seems that no one knows how to view movies anymore. He’s right; folks just watch things in weird chunks now, sneaking in bits and pieces of viewing where they can. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it leaves everyone with fistfuls of half-finished—and often never-finished—shows. It’s no surprise, then, that a lot of the breakout newcomers of the past year are shows like Severance YellowjacketsBoth were released in fall and winter, and both came out weekly. This allowed for slow-burn hype. If you discovered them two, or even four, weeks late, you didn’t feel like you’d missed out entirely. (Also, Severance YellowjacketsThey are truly freaking delicious.
Frankly, I don’t know if any of this rises to the level of A Problem. If anything, it’s an annoyance, and no one is complaining about too much good television. It’s just, well, so much gets lost. How did you do it? Reservation Dogs, Our Flag Means DeathAnd We are Lady PartsNo Emmy nominations How did it happen? The StaircaseOnly two of them? You can have two? Euphorias of the globe, or Ted LassoThis is very sad. Perhaps it’s time we all start our annual TV marathon in the fall.