Emmy Predictions: Limited Series – We Could Have Six Nominees, if a Handful More Shows Are Submitted

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UPDATED: April 28, 2022



FX’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” is generating buzz and acclaim for its addicting plot and strong performances from its actors, most notably Andrew Garfield. It’ll be interesting to see if it can sneak into the lineup, especially with the comparisons to a favorite from last year, “Mare of Easttown.”

Something that could be helpful is if 60 limited series are submitted, per Emmy rules, that will allow six available slots for nominees. We are currently counting 56. Will anyone submit (or drop) a last-minute series to the race? The deadline is May 12.

Hulu could own the limited series race significantly this year with two highly acclaimed series – “Dopesick” and “The Dropout.” Not to mention they’re also bubbling with “Pam and Tommy,” “The Girl from Plainville” and “Candy.”

The streamer will face stiff competition from HBO Max, which could have the frontrunner with “The White Lotus,” in addition to handling “Station Eleven,” “The Staircase” and “The Tourist.” With the HBO counterpart, they’ll be looking to revive the buzz for “Scenes from a Marriage” and “Landscapers.”

Netflix will be steering “Maid,” which seems to be, on the surface, a sure-fire nominee. After winning big with “The Queen’s Gambit” last year, they’ll be looking to duplicate that success, along with managing “Colin in Black and White,” “Inventing Anna,” “Midnight Mass,” “Pieces of Her” and “Anatomy of a Scandal.”

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The Emmy eligibility period runs from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. The deadline for entering programs for Primetime programming and uploading all entry materials is on May 12, 2022, at 6:00 PM PT.

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)


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1 “Dopesick” Hulu To be added
2 “The White Lotus” HBO/HBO Max To be added
3 “The Dropout” Hulu To be added
4 “Maid” Netflix To be added
5 “1883” Paramount+ To be added
6 “Under the Banner of Heaven” FX To be added
7 “Station Eleven” HBO/HBO Max To be added
8 “Scenes from a Marriage” HBO/HBO Max To be added
9 “The Staircase” HBO/HBO Max To be added
10 “The Girl from Plainville” Hulu To be added
11 “Pam and Tommy” Hulu To be added
12 “Inventing Anna” Netflix To be added
13 “The First Lady” Showtime To be added
14 “Midnight Mass” Netflix To be added
15 “Gaslit” Starz To be added
16 “Moon Knight” Disney+ To be added
17 “A Very British Scandal” Amazon Prime Video To be added
18 “Impeachment: American Crime Story” FX To be added
19 “Dr. Death” Peacock To be added
20 “Candy” Hulu To be added
21 “Landscapers” HBO/HBO Max To be added
22 “Anatomy of a Scandal” Netflix To be added
23 “Hawkeye” Disney+ To be added
24 “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey” Apple TV+ To be added
25 “Colin in Black and White” Netflix To be added
26 “The Essex Serpent” Apple TV+ To be added
27 “The Shrink Next Door” Apple TV+ To be added
28 “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

29 “The Tourist” HBO/HBO Max To be added
30 “Women of the Movement” ABC To be added
“American Horror Story: Double Feature” FX To be added
“American Horror Stories” FX To be added
“Angelyne” Peacock To be added
“Conversations with Friends” Hulu To be added
“Clickbait” Netflix To be added
“Creep Show” Shudder To be added
“DMZ” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“Joe vs. Carole” Peacock To be added
“Love Life” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“Modern Love” Amazon Prime Video To be added
“Nine Perfect Strangers” Hulu To be added
“Pieces of Her” Netflix To be added
“Pistol” FX To be added
“Pursuit of Love” Amazon Prime Video 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 Pursuit of Love” BBC One 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
“True Story” Netflix To be added
“We Own This City” HBO/HBO Max To be added
“WeCrashed” Apple TV+ 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.