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Emmy Awards’ Limited Series Race Gets a Shakeup in the Wake of the Coronavirus

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When HBO formally labeled “Watchmen” as a restricted sequence, the pay cabler’s opponents groaned. That’s as a result of it made what was already a jam-packed and aggressive restricted sequence class much more stuffed this Emmy season.

However then got here the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which has impacted manufacturing and post-production on numerous TV initiatives, together with episodes of packages that have been initially slated to premiere in April and Might.

In some circumstances, these airdates have been a part of a technique to launch Emmy contenders slightly below the wire earlier than the Might 31 eligibility cutoff — retaining them high of thoughts on the peak of Emmy For Your Consideration season.

Most late-premiering streaming reveals are produced with a protracted sufficient lead-time that they’re nonetheless set to premiere over the following a number of weeks. However for linear networks, many of the Emmy contenders left to launch are of the shorter, “restricted sequence” nature — and now, that additionally signifies that reveals that haven’t already been locked should now face transferring out of this yr’s Emmy eligibility body.

Already, FX’s subsequent installment of “Fargo” and HBO’s “The Undoing” have been pushed to later within the yr. Nationwide Geographic’s “Genius: Aretha” additionally shut down manufacturing, and it’s unclear whether or not it may possibly now make its unique Might 25 premiere date. Different initiatives are possible ready till the Tv Academy decides whether or not to shift this yr’s marketing campaign window.

The org is anticipated to announce a ruling subsequent week on if it’ll shift the Emmy voting calendar — and if that Might 31 cutoff may additionally be moved to accommodate productions which have shut down as a result of pandemic.

Yr four of “Fargo” was initially slated to premiere on April 19, and was anticipated to be an Emmy frontrunner in a number of longform classes. That features star Chris Rock, and potential nods for showrunner Noah Hawley, who wrote and directed the season premiere, “Welcome to the Alternate Economic system.”

“Fargo” has been an Emmy nomination juggernaut, having gained the excellent restricted sequence class in 2014, adopted by nods in 2016 and 2017 for earlier editions. FX mentioned “a brand new premiere date will probably be decided as soon as manufacturing resumes.”

In the meantime, “The Undoing,” based mostly on the novel “You Ought to Have Identified,” was initially slated to debut Might 10 on HBO, and can now launch within the fall, per the community. This system was additionally anticipated to be an enormous contender within the restricted sequence race and different particular person classes for stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, in addition to for director Susanne Bier and author David E. Kelley.

Kidman and Kelley will nonetheless be within the Emmy hunt this yr, nevertheless, because the second season of “Large Little Lies” is a contender in drama classes.

With “Fargo” and “The Undoing” out of the best way, and maybe others as nicely, that may open the door for restricted sequence that may have in any other case simply missed a nom in such a crowded class. Apart from “Watchmen,” different sequence aiming for nods in that race embody Netflix’s “Unbelievable,” “Hollywood” and “The Eddy”; FX’s “Mrs. America,” “Devs” and “American Horror Story: 1984”; HBO’s “The Plot In opposition to America,” “I Know This A lot is True” and “Years and Years”; Hulu’s “Little Fires In every single place” and “Fortress Rock”; Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice”; AMC’s “The Terror,” “Quiz” and “Dispatches from Elsewhere”; Amazon Prime Video’s “Too Outdated to Die Younger” and “Tales from the Loop”; Apple TV Plus’ “Defending Jacob”; Epix’s “Belgravia”; USA’s “Briarpatch”; and TBS’ “Miracle Employees.”

[Photo: Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in HBO’s “The Undoing.”]

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