Tuesday, May 22, 2018

'Riverdale' vs. 'Better Call Saul' at the Saturn Awards

I asked "'Riverdale' vs. 'Better Call Saul,' anyone?" when I wrote that I would blog about the Action and Thriller television nominations in 'Game of Thrones' vs. 'Outlander' (again), 'American Gods,' and 'The Librarians' at the Saturn Awards.  It's time for the answer, which is yes.

"Riverdale" is tied with "Game of Thrones" at four nominations, Best Action/Thriller Television Series and three nominations for Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series, K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse.  Its main rival for the genre category title is "Better Call Saul" with two other nominations for a total of three, Michael McKean for Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series and Rhea Seehorn for Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series.  Two other shows nominated for Best Action/Thriller Television Series have two nominations, "Fargo" with its second nomination recognizing Mary Elizabeth Winstead for Best Actress on a Television Series and "The Alienist" with its second nomination for Dakota Fanning as Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series.

Here are all the nominees in the category from File 770.
Best Action/Thriller Television Series:

The Alienist (TNT)
Animal Kingdom (TNT)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Fargo (FX)
Into the Badlands (AMC)
Mr. Mercedes (Audience Network)
Riverdale (The CW)
I begin by recycling my comment on this category from How did my Saturn Awards television submissions fare? O.K., I guess.
I'm voting for "The Alienist."  When the final episode ended, my wife and I applauded.  I can't tell you the last time we did that for a TV show.
That written, I don't expect my choice to win.  Instead, I think "Riverdale" will repeat.

Follow over the jump for the other categories in which "Riverdale," "Better Call Saul," "Fargo," and "The Alienist" were nominated.

Here are the relevant categories along with my comments from 'The Walking Dead' vs. 'American Horror Story: Cult' plus Saturn Awards for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  As I did for the movie nominees, I'll only add a comment if I didn't say anything about any of the action/thriller nominees.  Otherwise, I'll just quote and move on.

Best Actress on a Television Series:

Gillian Anderson "The X-Files" (Fox Television)
Caitriona Balfe "Outlander" (Starz)
Melissa Benoist "Supergirl" (The CW)
Lena Headey "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Sonequa Martin-Green "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
Adrianne Palicki "The Orville" (Fox Television)
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead "Fargo"(FX)
I was considering voting for Caitriona Balfe last year, but didn't.  This year, I plan on it.  Better her than last year's winner Melissa Benoist.  Of course, either Sarah Paulson or Mary Elizabeth Winstead could pull an upset.
Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Miguel Ferrer "Twin Peaks: The Return" (Showtime)
Kit Harington "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
Doug Jones "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS All Access)
Christian Kane "The Librarians" (TNT)
Michael McKean "Better Call Saul" (AMC)
Khary Payton "The Walking Dead"(AMC)
Evan Peters "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)
Michael McKean is probably the entertainment professionals' choice followed by Evan Peters, but I'm voting for Khary Payton.  "And yet I smile!"
Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:

Odette Annable "Supergirl" (The CW)
Dakota Fanning "The Alienist" (TNT)
Danai Gurira "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Melissa McBride "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Candice Patton "The Flash" (The CW)
Adina Porter "American Horror Story: Cult" (FX)
Krysten Ritter "Marvel’s The Defenders" (Netflix)
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul" (AMC)
Danai Gurira is the only performer nominated for both movie and television roles, as I mentioned in 'Black Panther' vs. 'Wonder Woman' at the Saturn Awards for a late Free Comic Book Daybut she's my second choice.  I plan on voting for Dakota Fanning.  I hope one or the other beats Candice Patton, last year's winner.
Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series:

KJ Apa "Riverdale" (The CW)
Milly Bobby Brown [sic] "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
Max Charles "The Strain" (FX)
Alycia Debnam-Carey "Fear the Walking Dead" (AMC)
David Mazouz "Gotham" (Fox)
Lili Reinhart "Riverdale" (The CW)
Chandler Riggs "The Walking Dead" (AMC)
Cole Spouse "Riverdale" (The CW)
I voted for Millie Bobby Brown last year and I'm voting for her again.  Here's to hoping she can overcome a farewell vote for Chandler Riggs and the "Riverdale" fans don't settle on a single nominee.
Wow!  I didn't have to add anything to the above, as I mentioned either one of the action/thriller shows or one of the actors nominated from it for every category.  Just the same, I didn't say anything about Rhea Seehorn, so here's a photo of her from "Better Call Saul."

Time to me to include the updated version of the pitch I make for my readers to become members: "Click here to apply for an affiliate membership.  At $25, one can vote for the best films and television shows.  At $40, one can vote for all categories.  I've already paid my $40.  I hope my readers do, too."  The deadline to vote is May 28.

Tomorrow's theme — superheroes!  "Supergirl" vs. "The Flash" (again), anyone?

Previous entries about the 2018 Saturn Awards:

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