NBC/Twentieth Fox Television’s This Is Us broke a six year dry spell for broadcast TV dramas this morning; the last big four network series landing in that slot being CBS’s The Good Wife in 2011.
Should This Is Us win on Sept. 17 when the Primetime Emmys are handed out, it would truly be an anomaly for a broadcast TV series as Fox’s 24 was the last series to win the awards slot eleven years ago.
This Is Us earned 11 nominations this morning including best drama, lead actor Sterling K. Brown, lead actor Milo Ventimiglia, supporting actress Chrissy Metz, and supporting actor Ron Cephas Jones.
While cable TV has dominated the TV drama category for several years with shows such as The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, that category has just become more competitive as streaming services like Netflix and Hulu entering the Emmy game. This year alone, Netflix has House of Cards, The Crown and Stranger Things in the category while Hulu broke through with The Handmaid’s Tale. There’s also AMC’s Better Call Saul and HBO’s Westworld. This leaves This Is Us as the only broadcast drama in the category.