This year EW is here to help with our first-ever For Your Consideration issue. We have curated the bajillion shows and performances (give or take a million) eligible for Emmy nominations to help voters select their top picks. Consider this a sneak peek into the nomination process and an early guide to the awards, which air Sept. 18 on ABC.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX)
With Phil “Tandy” Miller, Forte has created a postapocalyptic protagonist not built for survival: He’s selfish, juvenile, and other- wise nonheroic. But he also managed to dig up the oddball humanity in Tandy, as evidenced by his fertility struggle and reunion with brother Mike (Jason Sudeikis).
The Carmichael Show (NBC)
He had the jokes that provoked: The lanky comedian showed this season that he could expertly maneuver his way through such loaded topics as race, religion, gender identity, and Bill Cosby—and do it with breezy, disarming charm.
The Grinder (FOX)
The straight man never gets the glory, but Savage should: He thrived as logical lawyer Stewart, who gamely tried to deflate Hollywood-headed brother Dean (Rob Lowe). Whether coming undone at his sibling’s delu- sions of grandeur or stating basic facts, Savage proved he could grind out big laughs.
Difficult People (Hulu)
Loud, shrill, fond of tasteless jokes about C-list celebrities, and obsessed with how many people follow him on Twitter, Eichner perfectly captured your typical attention-thirsty comedian (and waiter) as “Billy” in the Hulu series’ debut season.
Catastrophe (Amazon) ￼￼
The Britain-set comedy’s tall, dark, and handsome American star has the ability to charm you and insult you at the same time, and this season he flexed that muscle even harder as he took on fatherhood. With a quick wit and compelling pres- ence (he’s somehow both stiff and welcoming), it’s not hard to see why anyone would fall for him.
During Transparent’s first season, Tambor brought great vulnerability to Maura, a transgender woman who comes out later in life. But in season 2, Tambor was able to stop focusing on representing a trans- gender woman and start playing someone who’s just a complicated woman, full stop.