8 TV Shows You Need to Know About Before the Emmys
So you're not confused on September 20
Sure, you're all over Game of Thrones and The Good Wife, but what about the other series expected to dominate at this year’s Emmy Awards?
Here, some of the under-the-radar gems that are getting a lot of buzz.
“THE COMEBACK” (HBO)
All hail Valerie Cherish. After a nine-year hiatus, Lisa Kudrow is back--and nominated for an Emmy for her role as a former A-list celeb who attempts to rekindle her career by hiring a camera crew to film her own reality show.
Speaking of comebacks (and former Friends stars), Matt LeBlanc earned a fourth Emmy nomination for this comedy about a British writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their hit series starring a fictionalized version of the real-life Matt LeBlanc. Trust us--it works.
“UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (NETFLIX)
If you haven’t watched this Tina Fey creation about a woman who was rescued from a doomsday cult and starts fresh in New York, make a date with your couch right now. The show picked up seven nominations, including outstanding comedy series and even guest actor for Jon Hamm. (Yup.)
And in case you missed this Golden Globes sweep, take some time ahead of the Emmys to stream this poignant drama--nominated for 11 awards--about an L.A. family coming to terms with their father’s transgender transition.
“ORPHAN BLACK” (BBC AMERICA)
Everyone’s buzzing about lead actress nominee Tatiana Maslany for her role as a street-smart hustler who gets caught up in a major conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who could be her twin. Why the buzz? Maslany plays not one, but ten characters (read: clones) on the show.
“GETTING ON” (HBO)
This dark comedy about the staff in the women’s geriatric-care ward of a dysfunctional Long Beach, California, hospital is finally getting some long overdue love. The major attention? That goes to Niecy Nash, whose performance opposite Laurie Metcalf earned her a supporting actress nod.
“BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)
Breaking Bad's big spin-off (unfurling the previous life of sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman before he met meth chemist Walter White) wasn't just all hype. It nabbed an impressive seven nominations for its first season.
“THE LAST MAN ON EARTH” (FOX)
But clocking in at a mere two nominations is the underdog to beat. SNL alum Will Forte is up for writing and lead acting in this mid-season sleeper hit.