After today, we certainly can say one thing for certain when it comes to Starz head Chris Albrecht: He fights for his shows. During his appearance at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, he made his thoughts on his network getting snubbed at the Primetime Emmy Awards rather clear … specifically through the lens of “Outlander,” a series many believed was going to be able to get a little bit of love for the awards.
Per TVLine, he cited his experience with the Television Academy as one of the reasons why he was able to speak so candidly on this subject:
“I was part of the team that invented how to campaign for Emmy Awards — trust me, it’s not a level playing field … I spent years inside the TV Academy, working it. It took a lot of money, and there’s a certain momentum that goes along with that.
“Having said that, we couldn’t be more proud of the work that’s being done by the people on the shows. [Outlander] is award-worthy. Whether it’s an Emmy Award or not is not the point.”
Unfortunately, there seems to be an unwritten rule when it comes to many shows: Unless you are a universal smash hit like “Game of Thrones” or something within a perfect genre, sometimes it can take many years to secure a nomination. A great example of that is a show like “The Americans,” which finally is getting some love this year after four separate kicks at the can. “Outlander” was able to break through at the Golden Globes with a recent set of nominations, but they tend to be a little more accepting to somewhat-new series and genres that are a little more outside of the standard box.
Of course, we’ll continue to have more Emmy coverage leading into next month’s ceremony — we’re just bummed that “Outlander” is not a part of it.
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