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Things We Saw Today: Emily in Paris Got an Emmy Nomination HOW?

Lily Collins wears a red beret as Emily in Emily in Paris

When Emily in Paris received multiple Golden Globe nominations, we were all befuddled. People’s enjoyment of the show seemed to be entirely of the hate-watch variety. It was a fun show to mock and as someone who binged it in one day while down with the flu, I can tell you it’s a great sick day show–meaning pleasant, mindless banality. But did anyone actually think the show was good? Of course not!

When the entire Hollywood Foreign Press Association then proceeded to come crumbling down, with the public finally catching on to how corrupt and generally inept the organization has been for decades, it was also revealed that the Emily in Paris producers flew Golden Globes judges out to Paris for a lavish VIP vacation and set visit. Given how we know the HFPA values high-profile sycophancy above everything else, including actual quality, those nominations suddenly made a lot more sense.

Except now here we are, months later, seeing Emily in Paris being gifted with an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy. Best! Comedy!

We once again find ourselves befuddled.

Emily in Paris isn’t the only nomination that got a strong reaction. On the positive side, some of our favorites absolutely dominated with 20 or more nominations each–including Ted Lasso, The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and The Crown. We’re also so excited to see A Black Lady Sketch Show and The Amber Ruffin Show get recognized.

PEN15 is such an out-of-the-box choice for Emmys voters and its three nominations are so deserved. And over on SNL, Bowen Yang became the first featured player to ever get an Emmy nom.

Pose’s Mj Rodriguez finally got nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama becoming the first trans person ever to get a lead acting Emmy nomination.

On the flip side, the snubs were bad. We’ll probably have more thoughts in the coming days but right now we just can’t get over seeing the John Boyega-led Small Axe and the phenomenal acting performances from Underground Railroad be overlooked.

You can see the full list of nominations here. Let us know your thoughts on Emily and everything else!

OK, what else happened today that wasn’t the Emmys?

  • Pokémon Go Canceled an event scheduled to launch new Pokémon variants because of COVID-19 increases in Japan. (via
  • Oh no. There’s a Kraft mac & cheese ice cream and apparently it’s VERY good. (via Eater)
  • “The Olympics’ ban on caps for afro hair is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to swimming.” (via gal-dem)
  • This child has great taste.

  • ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith apologizes for xenophobic comments about baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani. (via HuffPost)
  • Olivia Rodrigo’s heading to the White House to help with the vaccination effort. (via BuzzFeed News)
  • Enter to Win LeVar Burton’s Sci-Fi Novel, Aftermath! (via The Portalist)

What did you all see out there today?

(image: Netflix)
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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.