Emmy Nominations: No One Knows How to Watch TV Anymore

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First, let me put on my old curmudgeon hat. It won’t be a complaint column, but there will be. That’s because the Emmy nominations came out this week, and while they offered all the usual happy surprises and malicious snubs, they also included something else: the names of many shows that came out more than four months ago, and just a few of the amazing from the spring.

In my day (see? Curmudgeon) most shows came out in the fall and people had months to get in. Premium cable networks and streaming services changed that, dropping shows willy-nilly or at times when network programming was disrupted and they were more likely to get noticed. This year things take to a whole new level with dozens of splashy shows featuring A-list talent – Showtime’s first ladyAppleTV+ The Essex Serpent– Landing in spring. In general, it’s a joy to watch new television in the spring and summer, but this year it was just too much, and many viewers threw in the towel.

Not only casual viewers, but also members of the television academy. “I just don’t think a single voter can really try to watch at least one episode of everything,” said one member vanity fair earlier this month. Not that anyone really needs to care the A lot of what Emmy voters think — “I like what you like,” I always say — but when even the people whose job it is to watch TV can’t keep up, there’s a problem.

Last month my colleague Jason Kehe pointed out that nobody knows how to watch movies anymore. He’s right; People just look at things in odd bits now, sneaking into small bits of consideration where they can. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but it leaves everyone with a handful of half-finished — and often never finished — shows. So it’s no surprise that many of last year’s breakout newcomers are shows like severance pay and Yellow jackets which were released in both fall and winter and came out weekly, allowing for slow hype. If you spotted them two or even four weeks late, you didn’t feel like you missed anything. (Likewise, severance pay and Yellow jackets are really damn good.)

To be honest, I don’t know if any of this rises to the level of an A problem. It’s rather annoying, and nobody complains about too much good television. It’s just, well, so much is lost. How did Reservation dogs, Our flag means deathand We are lady parts No Emmy nominations received? How did The stairs only get two? No offense euphorias of the world, or the Teddy Lassos, but this is depressing. Maybe it’s time we all started our annual TV marathon in the fall. Emmy Nominations: No One Knows How to Watch TV Anymore

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