Emmys Snubs and Surprises: ‘Pachinko,’ ‘Reservation Dogs,’ and More

"Severance" and "Abbott Elementary" broke through in a big way at the 2022 Emmys, while final seasons and returning (former) favorites struggled.
PACHINKO, from left: Minha KIM, LEE Min-ho, 'Chapter Three', (Season 1, ep. 103, aired March 25, 2022).  photo: ©Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection
Minha Kim and Lee Min-ho in "Pachinko"
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It’s that time of year again. No, not awards season; it’s always awards season in Hollywood. Now, it’s Emmy season. Considering the handing-out of television’s highest honor is still based around the all-but-extinct broadcast TV schedule, which sees Emmy nominations released in July and trophies handed out in September, industry veterans will argue the TV Academy’s (outdated) timeline means it’s always Emmy season as well… but Tuesday’s nominees’ list makes it official.

As with any attempt to turn the subjective appreciation of art into a popularity contest, there are snubs. There are surprises, as well. But before everyone gets on their high horse, shouting there’s no such thing as a “snub” when there are 171 drama series competing for eight Best Drama Series slots, or asking what could possibly be considered a surprise from an awards body that voted “Emily in Paris” into the Best Comedy Series race — let’s remember: “Snub” is just the accepted shorthand for a series or individual who was either expected to be nominated, thought deserving of a nomination, or both. “Surprise” is similar, except most professionals who keep up with the Emmys expected the series or individual to be left out of the race, usually because there simply isn’t room for everyone.

Getting irked by the TV Academy’s taste speaks to the passion we all have for our favorite programs; programs we would like to see elevated by a respected voting body so that more people can enjoy the shows as much as we did. Plus, understanding why certain shows were left off can help take the sting out of “snubs,” just as appreciating how “surprises” broke through helps savor the moment.

With all that in mind, it’s time to dig in. It’s time for snubs and surprises. It’s time for… Emmy season, baby!

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