Gazing across this year’s Emmy nominations landscape, you may have noticed the giant V-shaped depression over at PBS. The pubcaster is down by a whopping 34 noms compared to last year. PBS actually lost more noms than AMC (26) or FX (26) got this year. What the heck happened? Well, for starters, Sherlock was not eligible this year. That accounts for 13 noms — Sherlock’s tally last year. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (or, if you’re about one hour into a Sherlock drinking game, Bandersnatch Cummerbund) is nominated this year, but it’s for his starring role in HBO’s Parade’s End in the movie/miniseries derby.
Here’s another factor: last year, Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey received 16 nominations; this year it got 13. Meanwhile, last year, the Masterpiece adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations clocked five noms, Page Eight logged another two, and Song Of Lunch received one. How did Masterpiece non-Downton projects do this year? Mr. Selfridge: one nom — for outstanding music composition for a series.