by Alikay Wood
There are plenty of Emmy-nominated shows to love on this year’s list, but with so much quality television available, it can be difficult to know what’s worth watching. Here are a few series that will warm your heart, lift your spirit and fill you with inspiration.
Before the third season of the #1 family drama on TV premiers on September 25, catch up on the second season, which follows the Pearson family at various stages in their lives. The show is nominated in several categories including Outstanding Drama Series. Two stars, Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia are nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Read our interview with This Is Us star Chrissy Metz.
The distinction of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) had only been accomplished by 12 people before John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, joined the EGOT club, winning the Best Variety Special (Live) category at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. The live production of this classic musical is packed with powerhouse performances from John Legend (also nominated in the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category), Sarah Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon. Check out our interview with Legend about the experience of playing Jesus Christ.
Fans of Gilmore Girls will love this new series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino. The dramedy follows Miriam Maisel (played by Emmy-nominated actor Rachel Brosnahan), a Jewish woman living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1950s, whose life is upended when her husband announces he wants a divorce. While coping with the shock, she discovers she has a talent for standup comedy. With five nominations and the second season of the witty comedy premiering soon, now is the perfect time to catch up on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The second season of this nostalgic drama received three Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. The show centers on a small town in Indiana where mysterious events linked to the nearby Hawkins National Laboratory—the appearance of a telekinetic girl, the discovery of an interdimensional portal—test the relationships of a group off middle school-aged friends.
This hilarious and heartwarming comedy returns for a fifth season on October 16. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (both nominated for individual Emmys in the Lead Actor and Actress categories) play parents navigating the challenges of parenting, marriage and career while attempting to retain their identity in an affluent, white neighborhood.
The popular dance show recently wrapped up its 15th season and Mandy Moore already picked up a Best Choreography award at the Creative Arts Emmys. Fan favorites such as host Cat Deeley and judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy returned for the series’ toughest competition yet. Whether you’ve loved the show for years or never seen an episode, catch up on this family-friendly show.
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