Watchmen Submitted as Restricted Collection on the Emmys

Watchmen Submitted as Limited Series at the Emmys

Alec Bojalad

Feb 22, 2020

These searching for Watchmen season 2 proof and good vibes could also be troubled by HBO's Emmy determination for the collection.

The character of recent tv signifies that typically it is unclear whether or not any given drama is a full collection, restricted collection, and even an anthology collection. In the end such distinctions do not imply a lot…except you could have your coronary heart useless set on seeing a second season sooner or later. Such is the scenario all of us discover ourselves in with HBO’s Watchmen.

Based on The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has opted to submit Watchmen within the “Excellent Restricted Collection” class on the Emmys, versus the extra aggressive Excellent Drama Collection class. It is a change in categorization from how Watchmen competed on the Golden Globes, during which it went up in opposition to different dramas. The choice for this 12 months’s Emmys places the present in a class alongside exhibits like Unbelievable or Good Omens and never dramas like Higher Name Saul or Succession.

That is nice information for Watchmen‘s Emmy hopes. It’s possible you’ll as properly lock in your “Watchmen – Excellent Restricted Drama” wager snow. However it additionally could be unhealthy information for any Watchmen season 2 hopes.

Watchmen was described by HBO as a drama collection when it first premiered in October of final 12 months. The present got here from Damon Lindelof (Misplaced, The Leftovers) and was tailored from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ traditional 1985 graphic novel of the identical title. Set within the Watchmen universe, Lindelof and HBO’s present introduced Moore and Gibbons’ universe to the current day. It adopted masked Tulsa police detective Angela Abar (Regina King) as she turned embroiled in a large conspiracy…amongst very, very many different issues.

Regardless of HBO categorizing the present as a collection, Lindelof was by no means shy about the truth that he wouldn’t return for any future endeavors.

“We designed these 9 episodes to really feel like we’re telling a narrative. We’re presenting a thriller and we’re resolving that thriller,” Lindelof advised Den of Geek previous to the present’s premiere. “It doesn’t suggest that it might’t proceed, due to course it might, it at all times can. However it wasn’t designed to have a cliffhanger, the place it is like ‘Wait til you see what we do subsequent season!’ It is simply not constructed that method.”

Some might disagree with Lindelof’s interpretation of the finale as not being a cliffhanger. Whereas it conclusively finishes the story of the season, there stays loads of wiggle room to broaden. A hypothetical Watchmen season 2 might proceed the story of Angela or even perhaps swap over to an anthology format and inform a brand new fashionable story inside Moore and Gibbons’ authentic framework.

Both method, Watchmen‘s Emmy categorization is the newest proof that HBO could also be content material to let sleeping squids lie. Or possibly that is only a Veidt-like scheme on HBO’s half to garner extra golden {hardware} they usually’ll announce season 2 the second after Lindelof makes his acceptance speech. Solely Physician Manhattan is aware of.

Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Learn extra of his stuff right here. Observe him at his creatively-named Twitter deal with @alecbojalad

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