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2022 Emmys Limited Series Predictions

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Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official awards predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis; Awards Circuit Column, a weekly analysis dissecting the trends and contenders by television editor Michael Schneider (for Emmys) and Davis (for Oscars); Awards Circuit Podcast, a weekly interview series with talent and an expert roundtable discussion; and Awards Circuit Video analyzes various categories and contenders by Variety's leading awards pundits. Variety's unmatched coverage gives its readership unbeatable exposure in print and online, as well as provide inside reports on all the contenders in this year's awards season races.

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UPDATED: June 2, 2022

2022 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LIMITED OR ANTHOLOGY SERIES

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Mike White’s satirical dramedy captured a biting look at wealth and social status in the new anthology series is up on deck and ready to take the TV Academy by storm. Featuring an all-star cast including top acting contenders Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, the high viewership, with an exciting boost from the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness,” will usher the series along to multiple noms (and possible wins).

A latecomer in the Emmy race, the HBO miniseries, based on the documentary of the same name, lit up TV screens across the world in its thrilling depiction of Michael Peterson and his bludgeoned wife, Kathy. With Emmy nominee Colin Firth and Emmy winner Toni Collette at the top of their game, the mystery series could be a major spoiler in the race for gold.

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Screenshot Courtesy of Disney Plus

Last year, Disney+ had the best showing of any series when “WandaVision” co-led the tally across all shows. With another entry from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Moon Knight” welcomes Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke to its ranks. The die-hard fans who continue to follow the sprawling MCU saga will surely continue. Will the TV Academy check off the series created by Jeremy Slater?

Emmy-winning writer and producer Danny Strong (“Game Change”) created this timely Hulu miniseries based on the popular book by Beth Macy that looks at America’s struggle with the opioid crisis. With a stellar ensemble that includes lead actor frontrunner Michael Keaton, the heartbreaking tale struck a chord with viewers back in late 2021, and it’s still resonating now, speaking to its narrative power.

Like the last two years of Emmy-sweeps have taught us, it’s not just what the TV Academy voters love but what they’ve watched. We know that many of them took the time to view the Netflix limited series by creator Molly Smith Metzler that takes a harrowing look at the toxic relationships that surround us. Led by incredible performances by real-life mother-and-daughter Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell, the show will strike a chord.

Read moreVariety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub

The nomination round of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. The official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12.

The list of programs and potential nominees listed below is incomplete and is subject to change. The full television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)


ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
RANK SERIES NETWORK PRODUCER(S)
1 The White Lotus HBO/HBO Max Nick Hall, David Bernad, Mike White
2 “Dopesick” Hulu Danny Strong, John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield, Karen Rosenfelt, Barry Levinson, Beth Macy, Michael Keaton
3 “The Staircase” HBO/HBO Max Antonio Campos, Maggie Cohn
4 “The Dropout” Hulu Elizabeth Meriwether, Katherine Pope, Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick, Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn, Victoria Thompson, Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah
5 “Under the Banner of Heaven” FX Jason Bateman, Gillian Berrie, Dustin Lance Black, Michael Costigan, Anna Culp, Samie Kim Falvey, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, David Mackenzie
NEXT IN LINE
6 “Maid” Netflix John Wells, Molly Smith Metzler, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Erin Jontow, Brett Hedblom, Stephanie Land
7 “1883” Paramount+ Ron Burkle, David C. Glasser, John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Bob Yari
8 “Pam and Tommy” Hulu Sue Naegle, Ali Krug, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Alex McAtee, Robert Siegel, D.V. DeVincentis, Craig Gillespie, Dylan Sellers, Dave Franco
9 “Inventing Anna” Netflix Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Tom Verica, David Frankel
10 “Moon Knight” Disney+ Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Grant Curtis, Oscar Isaac, Mohamed Diab, Jeremy Slater
11 “The Girl from Plainville” Hulu Liz Hannah, Patrick Macmanus, Elle Fanning, Brittany Kahan Ward, Lisa Cholodenko
12 “Station Eleven” HBO/HBO Max Patrick Somerville, Jessica Rhoades, Scott Steindorff, Dylan Russell, Scott Delman, Jeremy Podeswa, Hiro Murai, Nate Matteson
13 “A Very British Scandal” Amazon Prime Video Sarah Phelps, Anne Sewitsky, Claire Foy, Kate Triggs, Delyth Scudamore, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin, Diarmuid McKeown, Lucy Richer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Chris Ballantyne
14 “Scenes from a Marriage” HBO/HBO Max Hagai Levi, Michael Ellenberg, Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Lars Blomgren, Amy Herzog, M. Blair Breard, Daniel Bergman
15 “WeCrashed” Apple TV+ To be added
16 “Gaslit” Starz Robbie Pickering, Matt Ross, Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, Julia Roberts, Gabriel Roth, Josh Levin
17 “Midnight Mass” Netflix Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Jeff Howard
18 “The First Lady” Showtime Jeff Gaspin, Brad Kaplan, Aaron Cooley, Pavlina Hatoupis, Alyson Feltes, Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Andrew Wang, Cathy Schulman, Susanne Bier
19 “Landscapers” HBO/HBO Max To be added
20 “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” Apple TV+ To be added
ALSO IN CONTENTION
21 “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX To be added
22 “Dr. Death” Peacock Patrick Macmanus, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Taylor Latham, Steve Tisch, Aaron Hart, Marshall Lewy, Hernan Lopez, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Matt Del Piano, Maggie Kiley, Evan Wright
23 “Candy” Hulu Robin Veith, Nick Antosca, Alex Hedlund, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Michael Uppendahl
24 “The Shrink Next Door” Apple TV+ To be added
25 “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix To be added
26 “Hawkeye” Disney+ To be added
27 “Colin in Black and White” Netflix To be added
28 “The Essex Serpent” Apple TV+ To be added
29 “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” Showtime Allyce Ozarski, Stephen Schiff, Paul Schiff,

Beth Schacter, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Mike Harrop, Mike Isaac, Safia M. Dirie, Sarah Acosta

30 “Women of the Movement” ABC To be added
UNRANKED CONTENDERS
“American Horror Stories” FX To be added
“American Horror Story: Double Feature” FX To be added
“Angelyne” Peacock To be added
“Brand New Cherry Flavor” Peacock To be added
“Clickbait” Netflix To be added
“Conversations with Friends” Hulu To be added
“Creep Show” Shudder To be added
“DMZ” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“Joe vs. Carole” Peacock To be added
“Lisey’s Story” Apple TV+ To be added
“Love Life” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“Modern Love” Amazon Prime Video To be added
“Pistol” FX To be added
“Roar” Apple TV+ To be added
“Slasher: Flesh and Blood” Shudder To be added
“The Girl Before” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“The Hot Zone: Anthrax” National Geographic To be added
“The Offer” Paramount+ To be added
“The Premise” FX To be added
“The Pursuit of Love” Amazon Prime Video To be added
“The Thing About Pam” NBC To be added
“The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” Netflix To be added
“This is Going to Hurt” BBC One To be added
“Time” BritBox To be added
“True Story” Netflix To be added
“We Own This City” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“Why Didn’t The Ask Evans?” BritBox To be added

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Limited or Anthology Series)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

This category has continually undergone rule changes and inceptions over the years, making it misleading to account for significant historical wins and nominations. “Prime Suspect” has the most wins in this category with three, while “American Crime Story” is right behind with two. The former also has the most nominations for a continuing series with five, while “American Horror Story” is close behind with four.

Since the beginning of this category in 1973, HBO has the most wins in this category with 11, with NBC and PBS close behind with 10. Netflix is the only streaming platform to win this category with “The Queen’s Gambit” in 2021.


2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions

  • Outstanding Television Movie
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Reality Host
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
  • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
  • Outstanding Animated Program
  • Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
  • Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
  • Outstanding Narrator
  • Outstanding Structured Program
  • Outstanding Unstructured Program
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
  • Outstanding Documentary Special
  • Outstanding Documentary Filmmaking
  • Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special
  • Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
  • Outstanding Music for Series
  • Outstanding Music for Limited Series
  • Outstanding Music and Lyrics
  • Outstanding Music Supervision

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

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Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.

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