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Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-09-06 23:56:23
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To make that task easier, The Times TV team has recommended seven series we love from the pool of nominees and though several of the most nominated shows, including "Watchmen" (HBO), "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Prime) and "Ozark" (Netflix) didn't make the list, it might be prudent to catch up on those before you enter your (virtual) office pool. Wink, wink. That is, of course, a testament to the talent and range of the stars Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis who exemplify the revolutionary possibilities of a show that includes more than one (token) funny Black woman. On top of the humor, there is a tangible sense that everybody involved relished bringing each sketch to life. The six episode first season was packed with standout sketches; my favorites include "Invisible Spy," "The Basic Ball," "Courtroom Kiki" and "Dance Biter." Additional "A Black Lady Sketch Show" nominations include directing in a variety series for Dime Davis and guest actress in a comedy series for Angela Bassett. Tracy Brown

"Succession" is my go to pick whenever someone asks, "What should I be watching?" It's not exactly under the radar, but it captures our cultural moment better than just about anything on TV. Blending the caustic humor of "Veep" and the bloodthirsty dynastic struggle of "Game of Thrones" into a lavishly produced drama, "Succession" is a viciously funny drama about the 1% that invites sympathy and stirs repulsion in equal measure. Created by Jesse Armstrong, the series follows the Roy family, headed by patriarch Logan (Brian Cox), founder of Waystar Royco, a vast media and entertainment conglomerate whose holdings include a right leaning cable news network. When Logan is hospitalized after a near fatal brain hemorrhage, his adult children all of whom struggle with major daddy issues scramble for control of the company.

7 nominated TV shows to watch before awards

If you've clicked through to this story thinking, "It is too damn soon to be talking about the Emmys," trust us, we agree. We just finished our fall TV preview last week. And yet the 72nd, pandemic set edition of TV's biggest prize is now less than three weeks away, which means now is the time to start bingeing the nominated titles you may have missed.

Then there's the way the series fully encapsulates the spirit of 2020: perseverance in the face of uncertainty. After Netflix canceled it in 2019, following its third season, the Sony Pictures Television produced sitcom was in limbo for some time before getting rescued by Pop TV. Then, a few months into production on its fourth season at its new home, the coronavirus hit, leaving just six of its 13 commissioned episodes complete when production shut down. And producers didn't let the pandemic keep them from finding a creative way to tackle an election themed episode. If not having cable or Netflix is what's holding you back, the series will hit the primetime stage on Oct. 12, when CBS begins re airing six episodes of its truncated fourth season (not including its animated special). Yvonne Villarreal


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