Turns out Outlander fans weren’t the only folks irked, if not unsurprised by the lack of Emmy nominations for the glorious Starz series. Speaking at yesterday’s Television Critics Association panel, network CEO Chris Albrecht called out the awards:
I don’t think we’ll ever break through with those people on those shows. I was part of the team that invented how to campaign for Emmy Awards. Trust me, it’s not a level playing field. I spent years inside the TV Academy, working it. It took a lot of money, and there’s a certain amount of momentum that goes along with that.
It’s a very distinct group of people, no matter how they try to expand their membership base. I think the TV Academy should be celebrating … an unprecedented time in our industry. They should be finding a way to platform the diversity, to have something that reflects this expansion and not have what is a continually, by the sheer numbers, needs to be a continually reductive process that ends up with a longer list of losers and the same number of winners. So I don’t worry about that.
The revelation is nothing new, but it’s actually kind of cool to hear a high-level executive stand up for his series and actors, and declare them award-worthy. We fans already know that, at a bare minimum, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies and Graham McTavish gave extraordinary performances in Outlander, Season 2, but the Emmy process often doesn’t recognize the best series or actors; Albrecht acknowledges it’s possible this amazing group never will be recognized:
I don’t think we’ll ever break through with those people on those shows [Outlander, Power].
I know that people who work on these shows would like to see their names alongside their peers. There will be a show that comes along. We won’t know what one it is. There won’t be a better reason [to nominate it over] Outlander or Survivor’s Remorse, it’ll just be a reason.
We couldn’t be more proud of the work that is being done by the people on those shows. It is award-worthy. Whether it’s an Emmy award or not is not the point.
Albrecht did say, though, he was taken aback when Outlander was also overlooked by the Golden Globes.
Why do we go to the Globes? I love those people. They rarely let anyone go home empty-handed, but we went home empty-handed this year. I was really surprised. I was like, ‘Wow, okay. What does this mean?’ This is all silly.
There IS good news, though. Not only has Starz already renewed Outlander for Seasons 3 and 4 (covering Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager and Drums of Autumn), Albrecht promises the series will be around for a long time. In fact, he’s in the process of reading The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
[The books] are easier to carry on your iPad than under your arm, but they’re monumental, gigantic undertakings. As soon as I get to read books five and six, we will get to talk about that.