Robb Stark may not have made it through Game of Thrones, but Richard Madden proved he can adapt to roles with his part as David Budd in Netflix’s Bodyguard. Through intense situations and shocking moments, his performance balances suppressed trauma and cool confidence. This British series is a non-stop thrill ride.
Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
Before delivering a spectacularly chilling performance in Hulu’s The Act, Patricia Arquette starred in this limited series as Tilly Mitchell, a prison worker who aided in breaking out prisoners Richard Matt (Benicio Del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano). The Ben Stiller-directed show is based on a real case that took place in 2015.
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Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)
This thriller from Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail stars Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a woman who begins to doubt the position she’s taken at a facility that deals with soldiers returning from war. Stephan James also delivers a brilliant performance as program participant Walter Cruz.
Sharp Objects (HBO)
Amy Adams should be enough reason to tune into this limited series adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel and directed by Big Little Lies‘ Jean-Marc Vallée. The mysterious drama follows reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns home to cover a violent murder and confronts the demons of her past.
The limited series recently wrapped its live run which means it’s a great time to catch up with the biopic drama. Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell bring their golden acting skills along with some song and dance razzle-dazzle for a more than extraordinary final product.
In case you missed it, HBO’s award-winning comedy returned for more fun and drama in Season 2. Barry’s (Bill Hader) quest to leave his former life as a killer behind doesn’t go as planned when the new world he wishes to be a part of becomes even further enmeshed into the world of his past. The consequences are deadly good.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) returned for a triumphant second season, but that was back in late 2018, so delve into her story once again before Emmy season. The set of 10 episodes serves as a travel ticket while you follow the comedienne around the globe to Paris, the Castskills and more.
When They See Us (Netflix)
Ava DuVernay’s four-part series chronicling the ordeal of “The Central Park Five” case tells the story of five young men of color who were wrongfully imprisoned for the rape of a jogger. From the day of the crime through the years in which they’re exonerated, the emotional series has made a splash on Netflix.
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If you’re into good old-fashioned adaptations, look no further than Hulu’s George Clooney-produced project starring Christopher Abbott as bombardier Yossarian. The series shot on location in Italy which serves as the beautiful setting for a disturbing descent into madness from wartime trauma.
We'll have to wait until September for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards (and July for the nominations), but it's never too early to familiarize yourself with the shows likely to be contenders in the awards race.
From limited series to streaming shows featuring A-list stars, the competition for TV's highest honor has ramped up over the years. And with premium channels wielding a lot of the weight — look no further than HBO over the years with shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and Westworld— network TV has less of a hold on the winner's podium these days.