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Yellowstone fans furious as western 'robbed' of Emmy nominations

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Yellowstone fans would probably like to take the Emmys to the train station right about now, as the popular western series walked away with a grand total of zero nominations for the Emmys 2022. This is being seen as a major snub by fans, as the Taylor Sheridan-created series has grown in popularity over its four seasons and was one of the most-watched shows on cable for 2021-2022.

Up for consideration for Emmys, this year was Yellowstone season 4, which scored a 90% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab) and had previously earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series earlier in 2022. That's not a category at the Emmys, but not a single one of the show’s stars made the cut — not Kevin Costner, not Kelly Reilly, not Cole Hauser, not Gil Birmingham or any of the other cast members. 

The show didn’t even get any nominations in the "below-the-line" categories, where its lone Emmy nomination to date — Outstanding Production Design — came from in 2021.

The chance of nominations for Yellowstone was not wishful thinking either, major pundits predicted Yellowstone would receive nominations (opens in new tab) across key categories.

As a result, fans (and some of those pundits) made their frustrations known on social media:

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It was also a bit surprising that Yellowstone’s prequel series 1883, which received strong reviews when it premiered on Paramount Plus, didn't fare much better in the Limited/Anthology/TV movie categories. 1883 received zero nominations in the acting or series categories, despite buzz for Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and breakout star Isabel May. However, at least 1883 scored three nominations. All are below-the-line categories, including two for its cinematography and one for music composition.

Yellowstone season 5, which premiers on November 13 on Paramount, will have to pull out all the stops to try and land in the good grace of the Emmys' voters. Though in the meantime, fans can commiserate with other surprising Emmy "snubs" like the final seasons of Black-ish and This Is Us, Disney Plus Marvel shows like Loki and Moon Knight and a handful of others.

If you haven’t yet watched Yellowstone and want to see what all the fuss is about, all four seasons are streaming in the US on Peacock and in the UK on Paramount Plus.

Michael Balderston
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.