Emmy Awards Recap

Selena Roberts | Arts & Entertainment Writer

The Emmy Awards is a time to showcase the most noteworthy and captivating television programs that have premiered in the last TV season. The awards show aired on Sept. 17.

Several television shows have gained the attention of not only the awards show, but also of audiences worldwide because of their engaging storylines, relatable characters, and their ability to captivate the attention of fans. From drama, to sci-fi, to comedy, the following shows have made significant impacts on pop culture.

Every fall brings new TV shows that will get people talking, whether they are controversial or relatable. Returning shows that were brought back by popular demand include This Is Us, Blackish and Stranger Things.

This Is Us premiered last fall, and since then, the family drama has people wanting more. The show focuses on Jack and Kate Pearson and how they go through the trials and tribulations of raising triplets. It illustrates the complicated family dynamic of the Pearson’s and how they navigate through different topics including adoption, self-love, and learning to accept the loss of a loved one. The television show is known for making its audience emotional with its heart-wrenching stories. The first season of This Is Us left people wondering what would happen next to the family. Luckily, this season, they’ll get their answers.

The second season of This Is Us will premiere on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. The show was nominated for a total of 10 Emmys. The nominations included one for Outstanding Drama, Best Actor in a drama series, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. This Is Us will definitely remain one of the shows to look out for in this new television season.

Stranger Things will premiere on Sept. 27 on Netflix. After its premiere in July 2016, it still has captured the attention of people of all ages. The show features a small town set in the early 1980s. The series starts off with a focus on a group of friends who live normal lives until one night one of their buddies, Will, goes missing. His friends go through supernatural adventures in order to find Will and bring him home.

The Netflix original was nominated for a total of eighteen Emmys that include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Blackish is returning for its fourth season on Oct. 3 on ABC. The show centers on the Johnson family, an average middle-class African American family. The parents of the Johnson kids try to provide their children with the best, but learn that sometimes it’s best to teach their children the value of hard work and having morals.

The comedy received three Emmy nominations which were Outstanding Comedy series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Wanda Sykes was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the show as Daphnee Lido.
The Emmys proved to be a night full of entertainment, laughs and tears as stars accepted the Emmy statuette. The host of the evening Stephen Colbert opened the awards show with a musical number that included cameos from Chance the Rapper and Anthony Anderson. Colbert’s monologue centered on favorite shows of this season and jokes on Donald Trump’s presidency. Colbert even had a surprise guest in store for the audience: Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, made a cameo. The audience was shocked from the moment he walked on stage. In the end, Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us won the Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actor. This is the first time since 1998 that a black actor won for that category, making this win even more monumental. Unfortunately, those nominated in Blackish and Stranger Things did not win in their categories.

Nevertheless, with all of the anticipated releases this fall, you’re guaranteed to find a show that will have you hooked.

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