Starz CEO Chris Albrecht can only shake his head over the droughtlander of Emmy nominations this year.
Other than much-deserved nods for costume designer Terry Dresbach, Outlander was overlooked in the major categories, including best drama and best actress for Caitriona Balfe. When asked about the snub at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Los Angeles on Monday, Albrecht admitted the chances are slim that the Ronald D. Moore-produced series will ever get the Emmy love.
“I don’t think we’ll ever break through with those people on those shows,” Albrecht told the press. “I was part of the team that invented how to campaign for Emmy awards. Trust me, it’s not a level playing field. I spent years inside the TV Academy working it, and it took a lot of money and there’s a certain momentum that goes along with that. Having said that, we couldn’t be more proud of the work that is being done by the people on those shows. It is award-worthy. Whether it’s an Emmy award or not is not the point.”
Albrecht continued: “It’s a very distinct group of people, no matter how they try to expand their membership base. I think the TV Academy should be celebrating… an unprecedented time in our industry. They should be finding a way to platform the diversity, to have something that reflects this expansion and not have what is a continually, by the sheer numbers, needs to be a continually reductive process that ends up with a longer list of losers and the same number of winners. So I don’t worry about that.”
Albrecht was even surprised that Outlander walked home empty-handed from the Golden Globes early this year.
“I was really surprised,” he admitted, before adding, “This is all silly.”
At least he had a bit of good news for Outlander fans, saying the show “will be around for a long time.” Starz has already renewed the series for seasons 3 and 4.