Canceled shows steal the show at the 2021 Emmys.
“Lovecraft Country” was the most nominated show, with a total of 18, despite being canceled by HBO after just one season.
“It doesn’t make sense to the fans and that’s all that matters,” actor Courtney B. Vance said in her “Lovecraft Country” acceptance speech for the guest actor in a drama at Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2021. “We’ve got everyone installed and we’re not shipping for some reason. I’m tired of it. “
This isn’t the first time short-lived shows have been nominated – and won – at the Emmys, however.
The series has joined a stack of award nominations – past and present – for television shows that, while critically acclaimed, have only been briefly aired or canceled.
Lovecraft Country (2020)
The series, which only aired one season on HBO, received 18 nominations, including acting and leading actress in a drama for Jonathan Majors, who plays Tic, and Jurnee Smollett, who plays Leti.
“Lovecraft Country” was based on a novel by Matt Ruff in which the characters embark on a journey through racially segregated Jim Crow America in the 1950s. The crew faces racism and equally terrifying monsters along the way.
Fans were disappointed to learn that their new favorite has been called off, desperate for answers after the first season left things open and unanswered.
In its July 2021 announcement – shortly before the release of the 2021 Emmy nominations – HBO said in a statement that it would not be renewing the series for a second season: “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the talented actors and crew, and [showrunner] Misha Green, who designed this revolutionary series. And fans, thank you for joining us.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020-2021)
NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” had two seasons, which included an array of musical numbers. The energetic show, which starred Jane Levy in the lead role, received five nominations for its final season.
Levy, who plays a woman who hears people’s inner thoughts like popular music, was crushed that the network unplugged the outlet. “Our show is about love. It’s a shame to take that off the air. I feel like it’s not the right choice, ”the actress told Vanity Fair in June.
Some of his nominations in 2021 included exceptional musical direction, exceptional original music and lyrics, and exceptional choreography for scripted programming.
HBO’s “Watchmen” was nominated for 26 Emmy Awards in 2020 after airing just nine episodes. He won 11 in total, including Regina King’s Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her turn as a Masked Police Detective Sister Night.
Based on the comic book series of the same name, “Watchmen” offered an alternate history of America with the 1921 racial massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma in real life of hundreds of black residents as a starting point.
It’s unclear if a second season will ever be made, as HBO has said it will only give the green light to another series if creator Damon Lindelof is involved.
“We designed these nine episodes to be as stand-alone as the original 12 issues,” Lindelof told Deadline in 2019 of his decision to do just one season.
Growing daisies (2007-2009)
The ABC series, which followed a pastry chef who solved murder mysteries by bringing the dead to life, only lasted from 2007 to 2009. Despite its short duration of two years, Kristin Chenoweth won the award for Best actress in a supporting role in a comedy in 2009.
“It’s a huge honor to see ‘Daisies’ win in so many categories – and, in the spirit of the series, win posthumously,” creator Bryan Fuller told The Hollywood Reporter after the series won four trophies. “Now can we make the movie ‘Pushing Daisies’? “
Despite the mention of a movie or even a musical on Broadway, no project has come to fruition to date.
American crime (2015-2017)
ABC’s anthology drama “American Crime,” starring Felicity Huffman and Regina King and focused on social policy, ran for three seasons before it was prematurely canceled.
The series received two nominations for its final season. King was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Film (she won the category twice previously for the series) and her co-star Huffman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series or Film. limited film.
Canceled by NBC in 1983 just a year after resuming the ABC show, “Taxi” scored three wins after the cancellation, including Judd Hirsch for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series and Carol Kane for Best Actress in a supporting role in a comedy.
The show ran for five years, including four on ABC. Although it won the Outstanding Comedy category in years past, in 1983 the show did not get gold.
Although this was a pioneering series that brought Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd and Tony Danza to the fore, the “Taxi” show was ultimately abandoned by low ratings.