The Hollywood Reporter always does Brutally Honest Oscar ballots, and today they posted an Emmys ballot. It's actually not too brutal.
That said, the producer in question did dismiss "The Crown" as "not my cup of tea," and said he couldn't vote for "Westworld" because "I don’t know what’s going on half the time." He also said it's hard not to vote for "Game of Thrones" for Best Drama Series since they reportedly spend $17 million an episode, "so they might as well be competing for the Best Picture Oscar."
Ultimately, for Best Drama Series he picked FX's "The Americans" for its final season. (Please let that show really win. Please!)
He also explained why he picked HBO's "Barry" for Best Comedy Series:
"I ruled out Black-ish and Curb [Your Enthusiasm] — their best days are behind them. Silicon Valley has also depreciated in quality since T.J. Miller left. [Unbreakable] Kimmy Schmidt is very hit or miss. I admire Atlanta, but I just don’t know if it’s a comedy; maybe it’s kind of an old-school idea, but to me a comedy should make you laugh. The same sort of goes for GLOW. For me, it came down to [The] Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry, and it was a very close call."
He also explained why he picked CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" for Best Variety Talk Series:
"James Corden [The Late Late Show with James Corden] is fun, but not up to the level of the others. [...] I voted for [The Late Show with Stephen] Colbert because he’s consistent, funny and incredibly smart — plus, I’ve arrived at the conclusion that it’s much harder to do that job every night than once a week. I also admired the way he handled the Les Moonves thing [when the CBS chief was accused of sexual harassment and Colbert addressed the situation on his show]. He got what Louis C.K. didn’t: you can’t ignore these things away, you’ve got to face them head-on."
When it came down to Best Limited Series, the producer bashed the Television Academy "for kicking the TV movie category off the main broadcast and onto one of the Creative Arts Awards nights." For the limited series category, he voted for Netflix's "Godless," calling it well-written, well-directed, and well-acted, "especially by Jeff Daniels." He also added this note:
"And yes, the Netflix factor is real — I didn’t go to the FYSee thing [Netflix’s campaign space], but I love not having to get off my ass and do anything but click a couple of buttons to watch a show."
Ever the producer, he also explained that he'd like to see RuPaul win Best Reality-Competition Series in part because "the Emmys is a TV show, and it would be much more entertaining to hear from RuPaul than Mark Burnett."
Read more of this particular voter's choices.
Here's the list of primetime Emmy nominations. The Creative Arts Emmys were already handed out, but you can watch that broadcast Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FXX. The big Emmys show airs Monday night on NBC.
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