We Can’t Believe This Hit HBO Show Got 18 Emmy Noms & Still Isn’t Returning for Season 2

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ICYMI: The complete list of nominees for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards is finally here. It’s easy to focus on the negatives, like all the celebs who were snubbed from the upcoming ceremony on September 19. But that would be a disservice to shows like Lovecraft Country, which received a surprising amount of love from the Television Academy.

No, really.  Father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) announced the nominations earlier today, which included 18—yes, 18—nods to HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

The show was not only nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the 2021 Emmy Awards, but it also received five individual shout-outs in Primetime categories: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Majors), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael K. Williams), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Aunjanue Ellis) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Courtney B. Vance).

Other categories include Outstanding Stunt Performance Outstanding Music Supervision, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

Lovecraft Country takes place during the 1950s and tells the story of Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), a young Black man who sets out in search of his missing father. Along the way, he encounters murder, monsters, magic and a whole lot of overt racism.

The Emmy nominations are a pretty big deal, since other leading series—like Black-ish and The Flight Attendant—received far less. We can’t help but wonder how HBO is really handling the news, since the network previously announced that Lovecraft Country is not returning for another season. *Scratches head*

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a show rise in popularity when it’s already too late. The same thing happened to Manifest, which has held a spot on Netflix’s list of most-watched shows ever since it was canceled by NBC earlier this year.

Perhaps HBO will rethink that cancelation for Lovecraft Country?

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...