The COVID-19 pandemic
delayed production on the newest seasons of many acclaimed shows, including HBO
's "Succession," last year's Best Drama Series winner, but one area of competition that has never run out of possible contenders in the last few years is the limited series race.
HBO's "Mare of Easttown
" and "I May Destroy You
's "The Queen's Gambit," Amazon
's "The Underground Railroad
," and Disney
+'s "WandaVision" were all nominated Tuesday morning, and they were all deserving. There were also plenty of other shows in the running, including the "Small Axe" anthology, "The Undoing," "It's a Sin," "Genius: Aretha
The crowded race serves as a reminder that the TV academy should reconsider expanding the number of nominees beyond five, or even splitting it into separate comedy
and drama categories to give more shows their due.
The overcrowded and unpredictable limited series race represents some of the larger shifts in TV right now. The limited series format works well for streaming platforms looking for new original content because it allows them to launch high-quality shows in a shorter time
frame. Working on a limited series also gives TV creators more room to experiment and break conventions, because they don't have to worry about breaking them.
As a result, many of the most celebrated and acclaimed shows, such as "Chernobyl," "When They See Us," "Watchmen," "Unorthodox," and "Unbelievable," to name a few from the last two years, increasingly tend to fall under the limited series umbrella. For every deserving winner or nominee, there are many more who are sadly left off the list, simply because there are not enough slots.
If the limited series boom begins to wane, the TV academy can always reverse it, but based on the last few years, and Hollywood
's never-ending stream of new content and streaming services
, it appears fairly certain that the limited series will continue to dominate the TV landscape.