CBTVB: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nominated for an Emmy
By Muuka Muyumba
Today, we learned the nominees for the Television Academy’s 66th Emmy Awards. Among the many surprises, for me, the biggest was that Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany (my suggestion for Jessica Jones) was not nominated for best actress in a lead role Drama. However, another rousing surprise (probably outside of the industry) was that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. nabbed a nomination for “Outstanding Special and Visual Effects.”
The first year show was hailed by fanboys as the answer to all ills when we learned that MAOS would not only be Marvel’s first post-Avengers TV venture, but that the show would be directly tied to the movie cinematic universe. “In Whedon We Trust” became a popular refrain, but Joss could not keep a strangle hold over the show, instead Jed Whedon and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen ran the show and wrote many episodes, treading lightly (as we now know) until Captain America: The Winter Soldier shook up the Etch-A-Sketch.
Unfortunately, before Captain America could become the show’s refresh button, critical reception and audience viewership cratered after its premiere. The dedicated 2 million or so who continued to watch the show were paid off by the Earth-shattering ramifications of The Winter Soldier, and improved propulsiveness of the storytelling. We were also treated to Bill Paxton chewing up the scenery.
After the finale, many questions were answered, but many more were left blowing in the wind. The biggest issue with the first season, for me, was that there were controversies created that were not compelling at all (just like many of the main characters).
Despite all the strum und drang surrounding the show, ABC granted the show a second season moving it from 8 PM to 9 PM on Tuesdays this fall. Now, Marvel, ABC, Disney, and the Whedons can hang their hats on this show being Emmy nominated (category-be-damned). This is a big deal considering that Marvel is also launching several other TV projects on Netflix who is quickly becoming a prestige television production platform like an HBO with Emmy-nominated shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. Marvel’s Netflix plans were bold upon announcement (creating a Marvel cinematic universe built for TV to culminate in a Defenders team up movie), and now Marvel can hope for that quality to bleed into their own productions.
Where can we hope to see the show go with some relative critical affection? My hope is that it gets a bit more brutal and weird. Wherever MOAS goes, we can count on the show touting itself as the first “Emmy-nominated” Marvel Television Studios show*.
* The Incredible Hulk television show from the late 1970s received 3 primetime Emmy Award nominations as a Universal Studios property. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the Marvel’s first solely produced television Studio show to receive a nomination.