There are some great candidates for the Miniseries or Movie category at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards — so great, in fact, that we have a hard time necessarily ranking which one we think is the most likely to win. It’s the hardest category to compare one thing to another, after all — we have a politics-themed TV movie, a horror anthology, a Western, and two British series all shoved within one category. At the end of the day, it really may come down to personal taste.
With all of this being said, we are going to try to figure out just what shows among these are the standouts, and what are likely to be left in the cold. Remember to vote in the poll at the end for your favorite!
6. “Luther” (BBC America) – It feels almost as an insult to put a series this good at the bottom, butt we really don’t think this year it boasts a chance at winning against this lineup. As great as Idris Elba is, the British show of the year (at least away from “Downton Abbey”) is “Sherlock.”
5. “Game Change” (HBO) – Julianne Moore is almost assuredly going to win an award for her part as Sarah Palin, but we’re not sure about the film as a whole. It was met with mixed reviews upon its release, and the politics present here may be too divisive for Emmy voters with varying affiliations.
4. Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO) – On a different year, this show would probably win. We just think that there are too many other candidates that bring something new to the category, whereas historical dramas are something voters are used to seeing every year. With that being said, expect this to contend in the acting categories in a big way.
3. “Hatfields & McCoys” (History) – The Emmy voters don’t often go commercial, but it’s hard to ignore a series that was one of the most successful ever on cable — and also helped in part to revive the career of Kevin Costner. Of the shows here, it also boasts being the freshest in that it came out just at the end of the eligibility window.
2. “American Horror Story” (FX) – This show led all programs in terms of nominations for the show, and you can’t rule out its commercial appeal or the presence of Ryan Murphy at the helm. We’ve went back and forth on whether or not it should be qualified as a miniseries, but for story purposes this is the right place for it — even if you could still say that this placement benefits it heavily in terms of nominations. We expect plenty of votes in this direction, but remember — horror is a polarizing genre on its own, and the controversy surrounding its placement is not going to help in the voting.
1. “Sherlock” (PBS) – It’s so hard to decide just what is #1, but we have to give it to “Sherlock” for one reason — this gem of an important has somehow managed to make Holmes even more of a beloved character. Rather than just borrowing from the history, the impressive team here adds to it.
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