The Tribe Goes to the Emmys: 2019 Edition

 The Primetime Emmys, for excellence in TV, will be presented, on Fox, on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8PM (EDT). There will be no host.  The number of categories (27) is a record and many categories now have more than the “traditional” 5 nominees. Here are the confirmed Jewish nominees.


Lead actor, comedy series: MICHAEL DOUGLAS, 74,“The Kominsky Method”, and EUGENE LEVY, 72 “Schitt’s Creek”; Lead actress, comedy series: NATASHA LYONNE, 40 “Russian Doll”; Lead actress, limited series or TV movie: PATRICIA ARQUETTE, 51, “Escape at Dannemora”, and JOEY KING, 20, “The Act”; Supporting actor, comedy series: HENRY WINKLER, 73 “Barry”, and ALAN ARKIN, 85, “The Kominsky Method”. Arkin and Winkler compete with Tony Shalhoub, who isn’t Jewish, but is nominated for playing a Jewish character in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Supporting actress, comedy series: ALEX BORSTEIN, 48, “Mrs. Maisel” and SARAH GOLDBERG, 34, “Barry”. Borstein and Goldberg compete with Marin Hinkle, who isn’t Jewish, but plays a Jewish character in “Mrs. Maisel”; Supporting actress, drama series: JULIA GARNER, 25, “Ozark”; Supporting actress, limited series: Patricia Arquette, “The Act.” Arquette played Joey King’s mother.

Notes: (1) Although most of the major characters in “Maisel” are Jewish, Alex Borstein is only Jewish thespian nominated for a Tony and she plays a non-Jewish character. (2) I think Michael Douglas, who won a 2019 Golden Globe for “Kominsky,” will get the Emmy. But I see Tony Shalhoub edging out Henry Winkler (who won last year) and Alan Arkin. 

Directing, Writing

The directing and writing awards cite a specific episode, which I have omitted.

Director, comedy series: AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO, 53; “Mrs. Maisel”; Director, drama series: DAVID BENIOFF and D. B. WEISS, both 48, “Game of Thrones”, and MIGUEL SAPOCHNIK, 45, “Game of Thrones”; Director, limited series, movie, or dramatic special: BEN STILLER, 53 , “Escape at Dannemora” and STEPHEN FREARS, 78, “A Very English Scandal”; Director, Variety Series: SACHA BARON COHEN, 47, NATHAN FIEDLER, 35, and DAN MAZER, 47, are nominated as co-directors of an episode of “Who is America?; Writing, comedy series: Natasha Lyonne, co-writer of an episode of “Russian Doll”; and ALLISON SILVERMAN, 47, writing (alone) another “Russian Doll” episode; and DAVID H. MANDEL, 49, “Veep”; Writing, drama series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones”; and BRUCE MILLER, 54ish, for co-writing a “The Handmaid’s Tale” episode. Writing, limited series or movie: CRAIG MAZIN, 48, “Chernobyl”; and MICHAEL TOLKIN, 68, co-writer, “Escape at Dannemora”; and STEVEN LEVENSON, 35, co-writer of “Fosse/Verdon”.

 Best Series/Movie Categories

The “best” awards are normally given to the producers of the nominated program. My practice is to list the nominated series or movie that have a Jewish creator or co-creator. Usually they are a nominated producer, too.  Comedy Series: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, created by LARRY DAVID, 72; and “Glow”, co-created by Liz Flahive and CARLY MENSCH, 36ish; and “Silicon Valley”, co-created by Mike Judge, JOHN ALTSCHULER, 56, and DAVE KRINSKY, 56; Drama Series: “Game of Thrones,” created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (above); and “The Americans”, created by JOE WEISBERG, 50ish; and “The Crown”, created by PETER MORGAN, 56; and “The Handmaid’s Tale”, created by Bruce Miller (above); and “This is Us”, created by DAN FOGELMAN, 43; Variety Sketch Series: “Drunk History,” co-created by Derek Waters and JEREMY KONNER, 39ish; and “I Love You, America,” created by SARAH SILVERMAN, 48; Limited Series: “Chernobyl”, created by Craig Mazin (above); and “Fosse/Verdon”, created by Steven Levenson (above) and Thomas Kail;  and “Escape at Dannemora”, co-created by Michael Tolkin (above) and Brett Johnson; TV movie: “Deadwood: The Movie”, written by DAVID MILCH, 74, the creator of the Deadwood series.

 Notes: 1) Craig Mazin was Senator Ted Cruz’s roommate when they both were freshmen at Princeton. He didn’t like Ted then and he doesn’t like him now. He frequently makes fun of him on Twitter. (2) Thanks to a couple of interview “clues” and family history records, I confirmed this year that Carly Mensch and Bruce Miller, who have been nominated before, are Jewish. Mensch’s paternal grandfather had the ‘most Jewish’ name ever: Israel Mensch!

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