Emmy weekend is the happiest one of the year for avid television lovers, mainly because it’s yet another great excuse to catch up on all the nominated and buzzworthy shows that up for awards. If you need help catching up before Sunday’s big show (8pmET on CTV), here are some key Emmy-nominated series to stream this weekend.
Killing Eve (Crave)
The deadly, sometimes comical, and always entertaining on-screen rivalry between Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer has bled into reality. If you haven’t seen Oh and Comer in their refreshingly feminist and highly-praised series Killing Eve, then the irony of both women being up for the same leading actress Emmy for their respective roles is probably lost on you. While Killing Eve’s core cat-and-mouse plot is thrilling, it is the vast amount of overlapping elements the series gets right which makes it as good as advertised. Everything from the blurred moral lines, complex characters, well-paced plot and intentional editing, makes Killing Eve more intriguing the deeper into the plot you get. The second season of Killing Eve has racked up eight more Emmy noms than the first, so if you haven’t seen it yet, start bingeing now.
Chernobyl (Crave Movies + HBO)
Coming off the heels of the final season of a little known series called Game of Thrones, HBO’s Chernobyl unfortunately didn’t get as much attention as it rightfully deserves. While HBO juggernauts like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies and Euphoria seemingly get all the hype, many TV critics would argue Chernobyl was the best series HBO put out this season. And in a year filled with strong contenders for the Outstanding Limited Series award, Chernobyl is favoured to take home the gold by some industry insiders. The series stars, Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard, who are both up for individual awards as well. Chernobyl tells the story of the people who caused the 1986 Soviet Union nuclear plant disaster, the individuals who responded to it and the many others who lost their lives. The series is largely based on interviews from Pripyat locals, the now ghost city in Ukraine, where Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was located. Told with great realism and incredible acting to compliment, Chernobyl is both chilling and amazing all at once.
Hidden Gem: Brexit (Crave Movies + HBO)
There are two kinds of Emmy viewers; ones who have seen everything beforehand and the ones who wait until after the winners are announced to seek out shows worthy of their time. If you are the latter, you don’t need to wait until Sunday’s Emmys broadcast to discover Brexit. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the film tells the story of Dominic Cummings, the political strategist who led the controversial campaign that convinced many British citizens to vote in favour of leaving the European Union in 2015. The film, produced by HBO, also stars popular British bold names Sarah Belcher and Malcolm Freeman and even if Brexit doesn’t leave the awards with any gold, it’s already a winner in our eyes.