Welcome to another edition of CarterMatt Awards 2018 results, and the focus this time around is the category of Best New Show.
We don’t really think there needs to be too much in the way of an explanation as to the criteria of this category: It’s really all about just identifying the strongest overall show that came out of the gate (at least on American television) over the past twelve months. There were a ton of worthy candidates here and we really like that — basically, what this did was allow us an opportunity in order to see a great winner almost no matter what readers decided.
In the end, though, it’s easy to be very satisfied with the end result of this category — after all Absentia has officially taken the title of Best New Show this year! It was a fairly commanding victory, as well, as the Stana Katic-led Amazon thriller scored more than 50% of the total vote. The series technically first premiered in some international territories in late 2017, but first arrived stateside in 2018 with a story that was dark, well-acted, and twisted from start to finish. It allowed Katic to give the performance of her career as the tormented Emily Byrne and we’re more than excited now to see what the second season brings.
Absentia joins a lineup of Best New Show winners that includes The Sinner, Stranger Things, and Quantico over the past few years — this is not an award, alas, that allows for repeat champions, but we do think that there’s a chance Absentia could get some love elsewhere in 2019. After all, filming is already complete on the second season and it’s mostly a matter now of getting everything together in post-production and allowing us to see the show in all of its greatness on the air. Our hope is that by the fall, at the latest, we’ll get a chance to see Emily’s next twisted adventure. We feel like with a show like this, it is ultimately better to go into it with somewhat of a clean slate and few expectations. This will, after all, make the viewing experience better as a whole. It’s really why we’re so grateful that there isn’t a whole lot that is revealed of the show in advance.
Before wrapping things up here, we do want to give a little bit of love to Yellowstone and also Legacies — these two shows finished in the top three of voting, and we think that both of them do have a chance to stick around and be great shows for many years to come!
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