Recognizing excellence in the television industry since 1949, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences highlights each category important to the production of a television show, from sound editing to casting. The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards include 30 nominations for Georgia-filmed shows and television specials. Watch for these Georgia-filmed shows to win big at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2017!
The popular FX animated series is about the relationships between secret agents. Voiced by Aisha Tyler, H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer and many others, the show has celebrated 10 seasons. Produced in Georgia, Archer previously won two Emmys and is now nominated for Outstanding Animated Program.
Georgia native Donald Glover’s show has been an awards season darling, winning two Golden Globes for its first season. The FX show is about a young father who manages his aspiring rapper cousin. Glover is nominated for his acting, directing and writing. The show is nominated for six awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series. As the name implies, Atlanta was filmed around the capital city.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
As the follow up to 2015’s “Coat of Many Colors” NBC television movie about Dolly Parton’s life, this one is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Dolly Parton returns, alongside Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder and Alyvia Alyn Lind. A blizzard threatens the rural home of the Parton family as Dolly’s father strives to buy the wedding ring she deserves. The movie was filmed around Covington.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Also in the Outstanding Television Movie category, HBO’s film based on the book of the same name tells of an African American woman whose cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the 1950s. It changed the way cancer and other diseases were treated. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Filming took place in Decatur and downtown Atlanta.
In this remake of the 1986 show, Georgia native Lucas Till stars as the resourceful government agent. The CBS reboot is in its second season and was nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie. Filming has taken place around the Atlanta area, including Marietta, Austell and Midtown Atlanta.
Stranger Things & Stranger Things VR Experience
The Netflix sensation is up for an astounding 19 nominations, including for its virtual reality fan experience. Among the nominations are Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for David Harbour, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Millie Bobby Brown, and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Shannon Purser’s fan-favorite portrayal of “Barb.” In this show, a young boy goes missing at the same time a young girl appears while on the run from government goons. The boy’s mother teams up with the local sheriff to find her son at any cost. Filming for the first season took place in Decatur, Conyers, Jackson, Lithia Springs and Stockbridge. Season 2 airs in October.
The Walking Dead
Based on the popular graphic novel series, a group of people bands together in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Now in its eighth season, The Walking Dead is nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or a Special, which Greg Nicotero and his team won in 2011 and 2012. The show, which is mostly filmed in Senoia, also was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe.
The 69th Emmy Awards air on CBS Sept. 17, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST.
From ExploreGeorgia.org, written by Caroline Eubanks