The 68th Emmy Awards is shaping up to be like no other in the show’s illustrious history.
Why, you may ask?
Because it marks a major period of transition from the “golden age of television” to the age of “peak TV.”
Yes, change is definitely in the air, as the television industry is experiencing a major shakeup.
We are, as Paste Magazine pointed out, entering the age of “streaming dominance.”
This year’s Emmys can be likened to the time when HBO and its other cable competitors started to ride roughshod over the so-called “Big Three” of American television.
Essentially, the 68th Emmy Awards will be an occasion wherein the old will be giving way to the new, such as in the case of “All The Way,” which has been nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.
“All the Way,” an HBO biographical drama film based on events during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, is going up against other equally superb productions such as “Confirmation,” “Luther.” “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” and “A Very Murray Christmas.”
There are strong indications that the HBO production, starring Bryan Cranston who has also been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, will bag the award although “Confirmation” remains a strong contender.
“All The Way’s” Melissa Leo has also been nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie.
Leo will be facing off with Sarah Paulson of “American Horror Story: Hotel” and Jean Smart of “Fargo.”
Oregon Live Live also predicts that “All the Way” and “Confirmation” have a very good chance of winning in the 68th Emmy Awards.
According to the site, both shows are smart, well-acted stories that draw inspiration from 20th-century history.
However, “All the Way” has a more complex story line, as it deals with the early, pivotal days of LBJ’s presidency, as adapted from Robert Schenkkan’s play (first produced at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
Whoever wins in the upcoming 68th Emmy Awards will undoubtedly be trailblazers in their own right.