The Television Academy unveiled the inaugural nominees for its expanded short form programming categories Thursday morning – and it was dominated by programming from familiar broadcast and cable network sources.
Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” lead the pack with four nominations, while HISTORY’s “The Crossroads of History” and AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” each received two. The only independent series to be nominated in the Outstanding Series category is “Her Story,” a drama about the lives and loves of two transgender women living in LA, created by Jill Soloway protege Jen Richards.
Not surprisingly, two of the five series nominations went to online content from major networks that offer inside looks into their popular shows. “Broad City“–the smash Comedy Central sketch show from Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer–was snubbed in other categories but received a short form nomination for its online exclusive, “Hack Into Broad City.” (Which makes sense, given the duo’s online beginnings.) Major digital studios FunnyOrDie, DEFY, and Maker were honored in the Outstanding Short Form Variety category. Independent series received the most attention in the Outstanding Actress category, with three of the five nominees coming from self-produced series.
Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
“Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462”
“Hack Into Broad City”
“UnREAL The Auditions”
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Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
Rob Corddry, “Childrens Hospital”
Rob Huebel, “Childrens Hospital”
Lou Diamond Phillips, “The Crossroads of History”
Oscar Nuñez, “The Crossroads of History”
Jack McBrayer, “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”
Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
Patrika Darbo, “Acting Dead”
Erinn Hayes, “Childrens Hospital”
Janet Varney, “Everyone’s Crazy But Us”
Michelle Ang, “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462”
Tracie Thoms, “Send Me”
Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series
“A Year in Space”
“Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
“Jay Leno’s Garage”
“National Endowment For The Arts: United States Of Arts”
“Roots: A New Vision”
Outstanding Short Form Variety Series
“Epic Rap Battles Of History”
“Gay of Thrones”
“Making A Scene With James Franco”
“Park Bench With Steve Buscemi”
Live coverage of the Emmy nominations here.