By Nate Millado
When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.
The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.
Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft/CBS.
From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.
Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.
Photo Credit: Gail Schulman/CBS.
Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.
Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series
Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.
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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.
As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?
One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.
The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.
Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.
Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME.
Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.
Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series
Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.
Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.
Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,
Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.
Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.
Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS.
Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).
All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.
Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.
The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.
Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.
Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS.
Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."