Saturday, August 5, 2017

"Fear the Walking Dead: Passage" contributes to diversity at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards

Last year, I noted how "The Walking Dead" franchise contributed to the diversity of acting nominees in Emmy nominations for acting showcase diversity.  History repeats this year, both with increased diversity among the nominees in general and "Fear The Walking Dead: Passage" in particular contributing to it.  I begin with a report from Wochit Entertainment: Emmys 2017 Is The Most Diverse In History

The 69th Primetime Emmy nominees are the most diverse in the program's history.
25 people of color were nominated across 18 onscreen acting awards, while 22 were nominated in 2016. Last year, people of color represented 24.6 percent of the major acting nominees. In 2015, that percentage was 21.9. In 2014, it was 9.7. In addition to the acting nominees, "Atlanta," "black-ish" and "Master of None" received nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. The shows' leads, Donald Glover, Anthony Anderson and Aziz Ansari, will compete for the Lead Actor in a Comedy category. The 69th Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live on Sunday, September 17th.
In addition to the comedy nominees named and shown in the video, I've mentioned some of the other nominees contributing to the increased diversity among the nominees in 'Westworld' leads drama series with 22 Emmy nominations, followed by 'Stranger Things' with 19 and 'The Handmaid's Tale' with 13 -- Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson for "How to Get Away with Murder," Sterling K. Brown in "This is Us," Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright in "Westworld," Samira Wiley in "The Handmaid's Tale," and Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox in "Orange is the New Black" -- and More nature and science at the Primetime Emmy Awards -- Lawrence Fishburne as the narrator of "Year Million" and (arguably) Neil DeGrasse Tyson as host of "Startalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson."  There was one I missed -- Kelsey Scott, who joins Michelle Ang as the only actors ever nominated at the Emmy Awards for their roles in "The Walking Dead" franchise.
Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Mindy Sterling (“Con Man”)
Jane Lynch (“Dropping the Soap”)
Lauren Lapkus (“The Earliest Show”)
Kelsey Scott (“Fear the Walking Dead: Passage”)
Mindy Sterling (“secs & EXECS”)
I wish her luck, but I suspect Jane Lynch might sneak in because Mindy Sterling might have her votes split between her roles.

That's not the only nomination for "Fear the Walking Dead: Passage."  It duplicated last year's achievement of “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” by being nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series.
Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

“Brown Girls” (Open TV)
“Fear The Walking Dead: Passage” (
“Hack Into Broad City” (
“Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training” (AMC)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot” (ABCd/
I'd love for it to win, but I suspect the Emmy voters would prefer “Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training,” a companion to "Better Call Saul," which they also like.  Just the same, "Fear the Walking Dead: Passage" and “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” have again done something neither "The Walking Dead" nor "Fear the Walking Dead" has achieved at the Emmy Awards, be nominated for best series in its category, drama.  Those shows have be satisfied with earning nominations and trophies for Best Horror TV Series at the Saturn Awards.  However, "The Walking Dead" did earn one nomination this year, which I'm recycling from 'Westworld' leads drama series with 22 Emmy nominations, followed by 'Stranger Things' with 19 and 'The Handmaid's Tale' with 13 along with my analysis.
Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Leroy Anderson, James Mackinnon, Jason Hamer, Melanie Eichner, Cristina Himiob,  Maiko Chiba (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)
Nick Dudman, Sarita Allison, Barney Nikolic, Dennis Penkov (“Penny Dreadful” — “No Beast So Fierce”)
Louie Zakarian, Jason Milani, Tom Denier Jr., Amy Tagliamonti, Craig Lindberg, Steve Kelly (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Alec Baldwin”)
Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber, Garrett Immel, Kevin Wasner, Gino Crognale, Kerrin Jackson (“The Walking Dead” — “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”)
Christien Tinsley, Hiroshi Yada, Georgia Allen, Gerald Quist, Myriam Arougheti (“Westworld” — “The Original”)
Once again, the field is nearly full of speculative fiction, including the fourth and final nomination for "Penny Dreadful" and the only nomination for "The Walking Dead."  I'm rooting for them along with "Westworld" and "Stranger Things," but it would not be surprising if "Saturday Night Live" wins for turning Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon into members of the Trump White House.
This is one of the same categories for which the show was nominated last year.

That's it for zombies and diversity at this year's Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  I'l have more on the Emmy nominees next week.

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