While Outlander has had an Emmy nominee in the past — and deservedly so — it has yet to win a single major award from the Television Academy. That’s a shame not only for the cast, but also the crew who pour so much into making this show a success. That’s especially true for some past nominees including Terry Dresbach, composer Bear McCreary, and production designer Jon Gary Steele.
As we move forward now, the question is rather simple: How much does an Emmy nomination, or especially an Emmy victory, mean when it comes to the show’s longevity?
With some shows, we know that awards recognition does mean a great deal. A good example of that is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend over at The CW. Without some of its love from the Golden Globes and critics as a whole, we’re not sure that it lasts as long as it has. This caused there to be a groundswell of support and further publicity that wouldn’t be there otherwise. The same can be said here for another show in Breaking Bad, which started with modest ratings but got an increased profile because of Bryan Cranston’s early Emmy success. These wins got the show on viewers’ radar and helped it become one of the most successful cable series of this current era.
As for what these wins would mean for Outlander, it starts with validation. These wins would allow the showrunners and the entire cast and crew to have the support of their peers — they already have it from their fans, and it’s always nice to be recognized. We do think it gives Starz even more confirmation that they have one of the biggest properties that they’ve ever had. While they have had success with a number of shows over the years, Starz for whatever reason hasn’t been able to break through at the Emmys on the same level as some of their premium-cable counterparts like HBO and Showtime. (Ironically, a series entitled Counterpart may be one of their saving graces coming up beyond Outlander.)
Of course, with Outlander it’s true that the show doesn’t need an Emmy to be successful — it’s already renewed through season 6 and if it continues its current trajectory, it should continue as long as the cast and crew want it to. We foresee the value in Emmys here as the entire team being set up for other great things down the road — it lifts the show, but beyond that it lifts the individual to exciting new horizons. It’ll be immensely rewarding to see someone get honored but beyond that, the true impact of an Outlander Emmy is debatable. It’s great promotion, but with this show already having success it’s harder to gauge its commercial impact.
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