Boys Emmy predictions: will it break through for season 2?
Fans of subversive genre shows have high hopes for Amazon Prime’s anti-superhero series “The Boys” at this year’s Emmys. The horrific and violent but often very funny series, which was adapted for television by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) and is based on the Garth Ennis and Darick robertson comic book of the same name, has been well received by critics and viewers. Featured Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty and Antony starr, “The Boys” imagines a world in which overpowered individuals like Moriarty’s Starlight and Starr’s Homelander are controlled, marketed and exploited by a powerful corporation when many are not even the benevolent heroes they are portrayed as in the media.
The show’s eight-episode second season debuted in September, which means it’s not necessarily the freshest show on the minds of Emmy voters. But the path he’s taken so far is not unlike that of FX’s absurdly fake vampire documentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” another beloved genre show that has resisted tropes and has found success at the Emmys.
Created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi and based on their cult film of the same name, the extremely funny comedy about vampires living together on Staten Island received multiple Emmy nominations for its first season, which aired in 2019. It landed a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best New Series and followed with excellent second season in 2020, on the way to catching a rare three Emmy nominations for writing as well as an offer for the best comedy series. For its first season, “The Boys” also received an Artisan (Sound Editing) nomination before landing a WGA nomination for Best Drama Series for its second release. This leads many to wonder if the series could also sneak into the Emmy drama race. And if so, perhaps the strength of the writing support for “The Boys” can also lead the show to a nomination for Best Drama Series. After all, the two nominations often go hand in hand, with the writing winner often, but not always, lining up with the series winner.
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In the ratings of the Gold Derby Combo Drama Series, “The Boys” is currently eighth place with odds of 18/1. He trails longtime favorite “The Crown” as well as former Emmy nominees “The Mandalorian” (second place), “Pose” (fifth) and “This Is Us” (seventh), and former winner “The Handmaid’s Tale “(sixth). Meanwhile, freshman dramas “Bridgerton” (3rd) and “Lovecraft Country” (fourth) are also looking to earn their first nominations in the series.
As anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the Emmys could probably tell you, genre shows have always struggled to be recognized by voters. But following the massive success of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, the doors seem to be opening (slowly) to include more shows that don’t fit firmly into traditional boxes. The fact that “What We Do in the Shadows” and “The Mandalorian”, a sci-fi western set in the “Star Wars” universe, were over-performed and received recognition in serial races of the year The latter bodes well for a show like ‘The Boys’, although the latter has also received a few actor names (guest for Giancarlo Esposito, which is on “The Boys”, and voice over for Waititi) while the first received none. Like “What We Do in the Shadows”, “The Boys” is not likely to sneak into any of the acting races, and is currently not scheduled to do so despite the fact that the fields are less competitive than they are. ‘habit, which might make a dramatic deal a bit more difficult but only adds to the growing list of similarities between it and “What we do in the shadows.”
Of course, “The Boys” isn’t the only superhero-related series competing for a spot on the Best Drama Series lineup this year. Marvel’s traditional superhero series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is also eligible and, like its Disney + colleague, “The Mandalorian,” also has a massive built-in fan base that could give it a boost among Emmy voters who could vote based on name recognition. It seems unlikely that they will go for the two superhero-related shows, but “The Boys” currently leads in the ratings between the two (“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is in 11th place). With the strength of his writing, a unique story and visual style that sets him apart from the rest of the peloton, and that all-important WGA nomination in his pocket, “The Boys” certainly seems to have the advantage in nominations voting. .
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