2017 Primetime Emmys Preview
by Arlissa Norman
The 2017 Primetime Emmys are almost underway and there has been no shortage of press surrounding what the Television Academy got right... or wrong this year. But with new hit shows like Stranger Things and Atlanta up against category veterans like House of Cards and Black-ish, I think we can all agree that this year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Emmy seasons in years.
And here at Young, Bold, and Regal, we're especially excited to see that some of our personal favorites have made the list. Tune in now as we countdown the top 5 things we're looking forward to seeing at the 2017 Emmys.
Who Will Win Best Drama Series?
The Category for Best Drama Series may be the toughest of the night with five of the seven slots occupied by new shows. So who will come out on top? It could be The Handmaid's Tale. The Hulu original has made a splashy debut with 13 total nominations including one for our girl Samira Wiley for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Or will it be Netflix's break out hit, Stranger Things. With it's amazing cast and suspense filled storyline, the sci-fi thriller has already become a cult favorite after just one season. And we can't forget to mention NBC's This is Us, the heartfelt drama has had us all in our feelings as we tuned-in each week to laugh and cry (mostly cry) along with the Pearson Family. Honestly, I wish the Academy luck because between those 3 alone, I can't decide who I want to see take home the prize more!
Sterling K Brown for Best Actor in Drama Series
But what I do know is that I would love to see Sterling K Brown of This Is Us win for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Sterling plays Randall Pearson a black kid who was adopted by a white family. Season 1 chronicles Randall's experiences from childhood to adulthood. And after tragically losing his adoptive Father at a young age, Sterling's character takes us on an emotional roller coaster as he finally establishes a relationship with his biological father only to have it come to the same tragic end.
Sterling absolutely deserves the recognition for his outstanding performance.
While we are on the topic of outstanding performers, we have to talk about the multi-talented, Actor, Writer, Director, and ex-Rapper, Donald Glover. His hit comedy series Atlanta, follows two cousins on the come up of the Atlanta rap scene. Already in 2017, Donald has won the Golden Globe for his role as Earnest 'Earn' Marks and is now Emmy nominated in the categories of Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Writing for Comedy Series, and Best Directing for Comedy Series.
I mean all I can say is that this dude is crazy talented and there is no way he is going home empty handed.
Tracee Ellis Ross for Best Actress in Comedy Series
Another comedienne hoping to go home with a golden statuette or two is our absolute fav, Tracee Ellis Ross. Nominated for her role as 'Bow' in ABC's Black-ish, this Queen has been killin' the game all year long. One of only five Black women to ever be nominated in her category, Tracee is well aware of the historical significance of her nomination.
Only one Black woman as ever won and we're hoping that Tracee will be the second.
13th for Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special
And speaking of historical significance we would be remised if we failed to acknowledge the powerful piece of work that is 13th. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this thought-provoking documentary features scholars, activists, and politicians as they analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Spotlighting the injustices of the modern prison system and its connection to the 13th Amendment, this documentary has ignited a new dialogue surrounding a long-standing issue. With a total of 8 total nominations,13th deserves every single one.