Magazine article Variety

Category Gets Reborn for the Peak TV Era

Magazine article Variety

Category Gets Reborn for the Peak TV Era

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Remember just A few years ago when it looked like the miniseries was dead? Now the flourishing limited series category features some of the most exciting work on television.

Two of the year’s biggest contenders - FX’s “Fargo” and ABC’s “American Crime” - have become reliable nominees here, each now in contention for a third installment. And a few other notable entries this year - FX’s “Feud,” NatGeo’s “Genius,” HBO’s “The Young Pope” - each hope to have launched franchises in a similar vein.

Repping the more traditional one-and-done miniseries are HBO’s highly buzzed about “Big Little Lies” and “The Night Of,” Showtime’s “Guerrilla” and Netflix’s revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” which intriguingly gives voters a second chance to reward a beloved series they largely ignored the first time around.

Ironically, the popularity of the limited series format has pushed one of its forebearers out of peak position: the latest “American Horror Story” dubbed “Roanoke” was a down-and-dirty found-footage thriller that just may find itself on the sidelines again after “Hotel” became the first “Horror Story” installment to miss out on a limited series nom just last year. …

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