“Outlander” fans, don’t be upset when your favorite show doesn’t earn any Emmy nominations this year. Because “Outlander” didn’t air any new episodes during the eligibility period that ended May 31, 2017, it must sit out of this year’s Emmy race. Starz has announced that the hit fantasy series will premiere its third season in September 2017, so it will definitely be back for the 2018 Emmys.
Season 3 of “Outlander” will consist of 13 episodes based on “Voyager,” the third novel in Diana Gabaldon‘s eight-book series. The story will pick up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) returns to 1948 pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child. Her sudden return to the 20th century will have consequences for her marriage to Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, Jamie endures the aftermath of the battle of Culloden, and the two time-separated lovers try to make a life without each other. See our photo gallery of “Outlander” Season 3 spoilers down below.
The second season of the genre-bending Starz series Outlander asked so much of leading lady Caitriona Balfe. And on every level, the actress delivered. Outlander Season 2 saw Claire Fraser scheme and plot with her husband Jamie to do no less than change the very course of history; cope with the loss of a child; face sworn enemy Blackjack Randall in polite society; and stitch up British and Jacobite soldiers alike as the rebellion she and Jamie failed to quash escalated out of their control. Balfe played Claire at two different ages and in two different centuries; at her craftiest and most broken; as a terrified wife and a unsatisfied mother. But will the adoration of critics and fans be a precursor to a nod from the Television Academy? Will Caitriona Balfe get an Emmy nomination for Outlander?
I’ve been following TV and film awards bodies since I was old enough to read an Oscar ballot, and still, the methods and whims of voters are a complete mystery to me. Every year, the Emmy nominations announcement includes shocks and snubs that provide fodder for both morning show conversation and many a shade-throwing tweet. The short answer to the Caitriona Balfe question is “I don’t know.” (But I hope!) Still, Emmy history and the current lead actress field might be able to provide some clues.
Outlander is classified as a drama in Emmy terms, but outside of those strictures, it’s not easy to categorize. It’s a romantic piece of historical fiction with a decidedly supernatural element. And unfortunately for Balfe and her colleagues, series with fantastical leanings don’t tend to do well. Game Of Thrones and its dragons are an outlier here and even that show has trouble pulling acting nominations for anyone but Peter Dinklage. It took the Emmys three seasons to recognize the unprecedented work Tatiana Maslany is doing on the BBCAmerica sci-fi family drama Orphan Black. And the last time a “genre” series cast member went home with the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama award was Patricia Arquette for Medium in 2005.
The other issue that has me fearing for Balfe’s chances is how incredibly dense this field is this year. This past season of television was dominated by powerful lead female performances: Kerry Washington as Olivia breaking free of Fitz and tapping into her dark side on Scandal; Viola Davis revealing even more layers of the enigmatic Annaliese Keating on How To Get Away With Murder; and Julianna Marguilies saying goodbye to Alicia Florrick in the last season of The Good Wife. All major competition. Then there’s Eva Green, Claire Danes, Michelle Dockery, Taraji P. Henson, Keri Russell, Ruth Wilson, Maslany…I could go on. The richness of this shortlist is fantastic news for the current and future state of television, but could easily box Caitriona Balfe out.
There is a beacon of hope besides Balfe’s glorious performance: The actress did receive a 2016 Golden Globe nomination for Outlander Season 1. The Golden Globes and Emmy nods historically haven’t matched up perfectly, but it’s encouraging that she was included in that prestigious group.
Find out if Caitriona Balfe will be up for an Emmy when nominations are announced Thursday morning.
On Monday, members of the Television Academy ceased voting on the nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. The nominations will be announced on July 14 and then the hard work will begin – choosing between one nominated show or performance, and another.
The Emmys used to be a repetitive procedure. The cliché was that those members who bothered to vote were older and stuck in their ways. Thus, even as the cornucopia of excellent television grew and grew, some familiar and sometimes stale network series got more awards than deserved.
That’s changed, but not enough. There are now so many magnificent and compelling shows on cable that the matter of winning an Emmy comes down to what’s on the radar and what isn’t. Sometimes it’s a matter of great shows airing on channels that aren’t watched by many – Rectify on Sundance TV is an example – and more often it’s a matter of genre. Series that bend or warp genres puzzle Emmy voters. Series that fall into a loose sci-fi/fantasy/romance/historical category baffle the voters.
That’s Outlander’s hurdle. Outlander fans have conducted a massive online and social media campaign to secure Emmy nominations for the series but they are up against a brick wall of set-in-stone attitudes and perceptions. The series is probably as popular as Game of Thrones worldwide, but doesn’t get the same respect in Emmy circles.
IN the next episode of Outlander, Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London.
AFTER last week’s explosive Outlander episode, both Jamie and Claire are facing the aftermath of the Battle of Prestonpans.
Episode 10 was dominated by action, a bloody battle to the death which left many either hiding behind a pillow or on the edge of their seat.
In this week’s episode, titled Vengeance is Mine, it’s all about the dramatic after effects.
Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London.
A letter orders Jamie, Dougal and their men to head to Inverness. When Jamie attempts to speak to Bonnie Prince Charlie about this, he learns the Prince left earlier that morning with the Jacobite leader’s horse.
Elsewhere, a band of redcoats makes trouble for the Scots, leading to a most unexpected reunion for Claire.
Take a look at what lies in store for Jamie and co this week in this sneak peek preview video below.
Then relive each moment of Outlander Season 2, Episode 10 with Connie stunning recap here .
Outlander” stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and time-traveling English nurse Claire Randall. She is transported from 1945 to the Scotland of 1743 and finds herself drawn into the Jacobite uprising. Based on the historical novels by Diana Gabaldon, this Starz drama series is one of the most romantic on TV today.
We’ve found 10 photos of the star-crossed lovers from the first half of the second season (see above). These seven episodes are centered on their journey to Paris and entry into the court ofKing Louis XV in the hope of stopping his support of the pretender Charles Stuart.
This sophomore season of “Outlander” is heating up just in time for Emmy voting in June. And it is already on the radar of TV academy members following a strong showing at the Golden Globes in January where it contended for Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Balfe) and Best Supporting Actor (Tobias Menzies).
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Game of Thrones got 24 Emmy nominations, more than any other show this year! George R.R. Martin is thrilled, naturally. The show was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, actors Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Diana Rigg got acting nominations, there are writing, directing and special effects honors too, and many more. In fact, Game of Thrones’ whopping tally this year is amongst the highest ever. NYPD Blue has the highest with 27 garnered in 1994.
“Today is a day for celebrations and congratulations, for popping champagne corks and raising toasts and exchanging thanks…but before we do too many cartwheels, it would be wise to remember that Game of Thrones also led the Emmy nominations last year, with 19 nods, only to get skunked on the night of the televised awards,” Martin wrote on his blog. “The same as the year before, and the year before that. Like many fantasy shows before us, GOT is often honored for our special effects, costumes, makeup, stuntwork, set design, and cinematography (this year, please note, we have four of five finalists for cinematography), but seldom for writing, directing, or acting. Peter Dinklage’s Emmy as Best Supporting Actor for season one remains the ONLY award the show has ever won in those categories, in fact.”
Will that change this year? One can hope, I suppose,” he wrote.