Friday, September 23, 2022

'The Walking Dead' vs. 'Chucky' for Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable at the Saturn Awards

I promised my readers that I would return with more about television after the Autumnal Equinox. Deadline Hollywood provided a handy list when it reported that "The Walking Dead" was one of four series with six nominations, tying it for second behind "Better Call Saul." Since horror is the one category I haven't covered yet for linear (network and cable) television and I like to wrap things up before moving on, that's what I'm writing about today. Here are the series nominees.

Horror Television Series: Network / Cable

American Horror Story: Double Feature (FX)
Chucky (SyFy / Universal)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
From (EPIX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
As I wrote above, "The Walking Dead" leads horror television series with six nominations, followed by "Chucky" with four, "Fear the Walking Dead" with three, "From" and "What We Do in the Shadows" with two each, and "American Horror Story: Double Feature" with just this one. I'm sure "The Walking Dead" will win this category for its final season; it's won whatever TV show category the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nominated it in since its first season. That's what brought the Saturn Awards to my attention seven years ago. I voted for it as recently as 2019, but not this year. My vote goes to "From" on Epix.

That written, I think the entertainment professional choice would be "What We Do in the Shadows," winner of Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes at the 2022 Emmy Awards, nominee for 16 other Emmy Awards and, as the image above shows, winner of Best Cable Series, Comedy at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards. Gold Derby's interviews reflect this, beginning with Yana Gorskaya ('What We Do In the Shadows' producer): 'Being stupid in a smart way is our magic'.

Yana Gorskaya ('What We Do In the Shadows' producer): 'Being incredibly stupid in a smart way is our magic.' The FX comedy, which has now aired its third season, is a vampire mockumentary based on the movie of the same name. Gold Derby editor Matt Noble hosts this webchat.
"Being stupid in a smart way" reminds me of what I called "Gilligan's Island" for decades — a stupid show by smart people, which is not the same as "Big Bang Theory," a stupid show about smart people.

Television is more of a writers' medium than movies, so I'm sharing Paul Simms ('What We Do in the Shadows' showrunner) wishes there was a category for best ensemble.

Paul Simms ('What We Do in the Shadows' showrunner) is grateful for the Emmy love, but wishes there was a category for best ensemble. The series' third season scored seven Emmy nominations, including in the Best Comedy Series lineup and two nominations for writing. Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria hosts this chat as part of a 'Meet the Experts" panel.
Both Simms and Licuria rightly praise the costumes and the acting ensemble, one of whom earned a nomination here. I'm embedding his interview after the jump.

"Chucky" also earned a nomination in one of the home entertainment categories.

Television Series Release

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Season 1 & 2 (MPI Home Video)
Chucky, Season 1 (Universal)
Creepshow, Season 2 (RLJ Entertainment)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Complete Series (Kino Lorber)
Night Gallery: Season One (Kino Lorber)
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Series (Shout Factory)
Horror dominates this category, with "Creepshow," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," and "Night Gallery" joining "Chucky." "The Six Million Dollar Man" is the sole science fiction nominee and the one I'm thinking of voting for. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" wins the "one of thesee things are not like the others" award. What kind of speculative fiction is it supposed to be, fantasy? Maybe as viewed 70 years later.

Follow over the jump for the categories I covered in Part 2 of superhero nominees at the 2022 Saturn Awards — network and cable television with updates from 'Better Call Saul' leads television series at the Saturn Awards with seven nominations.

Actor in a Network / Cable Series

• Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Man Who Fell to Earth (Showtime)
• Tyler Hoechlin, Superman & Lois (The CW)
• Coleman (sic) Domingo, Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
• Harold Perrineau, From (EPIX)
• Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
• Sam Heughan, Outlander (Starz)
Tyler Hoechlin is now my TV Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman and he's definitely the best actor in a CW Superhero show, but that's not enough to get me to vote for him. Right now, I plan on casting my vote for Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in "Outlander." He might win, as he won in 2019 and he's not competing against last year's winner Patrick Stewart. On the other hand, he might lose to Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in "Better Call Saul." I'll have more when I examine Action/Thriller series.
The two horror nominees are Colman Domingo and Harold Perrineau, both of whom are award-winning actors, Domingo an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for "Euphoria," and Perrineau a SAG Award for being part of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for "Lost." Both of them demonstrate what a quality field this is.

Gold Derby interviewed Harold Perrineau has his own 'From' theory: 'You can't walk out of the nightmare'.

Harold Perrineau has his own 'From' theory: 'You can't walk out of the nightmare.' The new Epix drama is about a mysterious town that traps anyone who enter, where residents contend with monsters that come out at night.
I found the comparison to "Lost" apt, and not just because Perrineau acted in that classic show. Imagine "Lost" with humanoid abominations. Here's to getting more answers in season two.

Supporting Actor in a Network / Cable Series

• Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Tony Dalton, Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Patrick Fabian, Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Harvey Guillen, What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
• Michael James Shaw, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Michael Mando, Better Call Saul (AMC)
• Brandon Scott Jones, Ghosts (CBS)
Look at all the nominees from "Better Call Saul," including Tony Dalton, who is also nominated for "Hawkeye." That's impressive, but I think I'll vote for [Brandon Scott] Jones.
Gold Derby interviewed Harvey Guillén ('What We Do In The Shadows'): 'Being able to improvise is such a huge gift'.

Harvey Guillén ('What We Do In The Shadows'): 'Being able to improvise is such a huge gift.' It is about three vampires and an energy sucking vampire living together with Guillén as Guillermo, who wants to be turned into one. Gold Derby editor Matt Noble hosts this webchat.
The entertainment professionals might vote for "What We Do in the Shadows" and Harvey Guillén, but I don't think enough of them have paid the $40 for voting memberships, whereas fans like me have. Remember, electorates matter.

Supporting Actress in a Network / Cable Series

• Emmanuelle Chriqui, Superman & Lois (The CW)
• Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Janina Gavankar, Big Sky (ABC)
• Julia Jones, Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
• Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Danielle Panabaker, The Flash (The CW)
• Sophie Skelton, Outlander (Starz)
Danielle Panabaker won last year for her portrayal of Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost in "The Flash," so she's both the leading superhero nominee in this category and the nominal favorite. The other superhero nominee is Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang in "Superman & Lois." I'm not planning on voting for either of them. My choice is between Janina Gavankar and Sophie Skelton. As I've already written twice, I'll have more when I examine Action/Thriller series.
The two horror nominees are Lauren Cohan and Melissa McBride, the latter of whom has won this award before. I'm not voting for her. Instead, I'm voting for Janina Gavankar.

Performance by a Younger Actor: Network / Cable Series

• Jack Alcott, Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
• Zackary Arthur, Chucky (SyFy / Universal)
• Brec Bassinger, Stargirl (The CW)
• Gus Birney, Shining Vale (Starz)
• Jordan Elsass, Superman & Lois (The CW)
• Alex Garfin, Superman & Lois (The CW)
Brec Bassinger won this award as Courtney Whitmore in "Stargirl" last time and so is the nominal favorite. I'm not sure who I'm voting for.
The promotional images on Twitter showed Zackary Arthur's intensity as his character and I think they do him a big favor with voters. They may not convince me, as I'm torn between Brec Bassinger and Alex Garfin, my favorite of Clark Kent and Lois Lane's sons, but they might help him win. If so, then the TV studios and networks interest in the Saturn Awards will have paid off.

Guest-Starring Performance: Network / Cable Series

• Michael Biehn, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Rachael Harris, Ghosts (CBS)
• Jessie James Keitel, Big Sky (ABC)
• Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead (AMC)
• Fisher Stevens, The Blacklist (NBC)
• Jennifer Tilly, Chucky (SyFy / Universal)
• Aisha Tyler, Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Rachael Harris played Lucifer Morningstar's therapist and sometimes lover in "Lucifer" for years, but never got recognized for it. I'm glad she earned this nomination, but I'm probably not voting for her. I might just vote for Jessie James Keitel in "Big Sky" instead. Neither of them will probably win. I expect Jeffrey Dean Morgan might instead.
Speaking of Twitter publicity campaigns, I'm not seeing one for "The Walking Dead" franchise, while I've used all of the images from the one for "Chucky." That's why Jennifer Tilly gets the honor of being featured here.

That's it for network/cable television nominees. Stay tuned as I resume with streaming horror/thriller nominees as both "Severance" and "Stranger Things" tied with six nominations and are competing against "Squid Game."

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