“What Should We Binge on Next?” Take Your Pick from These Emmy-Nominated Shows on Hotstar

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“What Should We Binge on Next?” Take Your Pick from These Emmy-Nominated Shows on Hotstar

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t’s been a hard couple of days for all of us. Can you believe that this time, last week, we were all gearing up to watch India bat in the semi-finals against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup? Or that we were yet to witness the 37-year-old Roger Federer defy age and stamina to defeat Rafael Nadal in that thrilling semi-final and Novak Djokovic do what looked nearly-impossible and snatch the final right from under Federer’s nose? 

One thing is certain: In the last month – especially last Sunday – it didn’t matter whether you were a superfan, still nursing a heartbreak after India crashed out of the World Cup, or were #TeamNadal. What mattered instead was that all of us, had the honour of witnessing arguably, one of the greatest sporting days in history. But the truth about historic moments like these, is that like all good things, they come to an end. What follows after the round-the-clock perennial sports investment is unending “sports fatigue”. 

If you, like me, have a Hotstar subscription, I’m sure you’ve considered watching all the gut-wrenching highlights of the two finals. But ask yourself this: How long can we keep fixating or replaying the glory of last Sunday forever? By Friday, we’d have discussed all possibilities – of sharing the Cup, of revision of ICC rules, the Kiwis graciousness, and whatnot.  

 

Soon here’s all we will be left with: The end of two unforgettable sporting events and a Hotstar subscription. Thankfully for us, it’s also a time when Emmy season is staring right at us and the Big Little Lies finale (teasing just the most unforgettable courtroom showdown of 2019) is only four days away. And now that the Emmy nominations have been announced, who wants to be the odd one out and not catch up on all the nominated shows? Not me. 

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Thankfully for us, it’s also a time when Emmy season is staring right at us and the Big Little Lies finale is only four days away.

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So instead of rewatching all the highlights on Hotstar and reliving the heartbreak, when I returned home last evening, I went on a show discovering spree. Right after I caught up with the penultimate Big Little Lies episode (Did Meryl “Mary Louise” Streep really do that to Celeste?), I started out with Kidding, a devastating drama about trauma, grief, and the importance of talking about pain, featuring the best Jim Carrey performance in years. You know how every year there’s that one Emmy snub that feels like a personal attack? The Emmys ignoring Jim Carrey’s performance feels like that snub this year.

I also realised that in all the much-deserved hype around Chernobyl and Game of Thrones – both of which earned plentiful Emmy nominations – I completely missed out on the second season of the inimitable Barry, a bleak comedy about a serial-killer who discovers his love for acting. The Emmy-winning show is back contending for another round of awards (the show earned nominations for Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, and for Outstanding Comedy Series) with a spellbinding second season that just proves how underrated Hader has always been. 

What follows after the round-the-clock perennial sports investment is unending “sports fatigue”.

But that’s not even the best part. I also ended up unearthing shows that I didn’t know my soul needed, like Succession. Created by Adam McKay (the man behind last year’s Oscar-nominated Vice) and Jesse Armstrong, Succession is an engrossing drama about the dysfunctional Logan family, the owners of a media empire who are all out to get each other. Clearly, it’s got all the ingredients of being a bingeable drama. 

Then there are those shows that you’ve been addicted to, and yet somehow missed out on catching up with their latest seasons? We’re all guilty of this, given that there is just so much to watch. For me, those shows included the multiple Emmy-winning Veep, arguably one of the greatest political satire comedies of the decade. What better way to honour Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s brilliance by making your through the show’s final season? That should definitely make it to your must-watch list. 

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The Emmy-winning show is back contending for another round of awards with a spellbinding second season that just proves how underrated Hader has always been..

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Speaking of brilliance, is there anything Amy Adams cannot do? Based on Gillian Flyn’s eponymous debut novel, Sharp Objects (directed by Jean Marc-Vallee, who was behind the first season of BLL), a psychological thriller has Adams play an unhinged, alcoholic reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate a death, in her trademark effortless way. I wonder if this year’s award season will finally break the actress’s jinx. Just give her an Emmy for her turn in Sharp Objects already? 

As is evident, book adaptations are the new cool, so may I suggest checking out The Loudest Voice? Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the show takes us through the life of Roger Allies, the man instrumental in the rise of Fox News. In the time of Donald Trump and fake news, The Loudest Voice makes for riveting TV. But, not all adaptations have to be book adaptations to be great. Case in point, the Hotstar special, Criminal Justice. Starring indie darlings Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi, the official adaptation of the critically acclaimed The Night Of, is evidence that Indian shows are here to stay. 

If you are aren’t someone invested in the Emmy race, don’t fret. Not everyone likes to give in to peer pressure and only watch shows because the world is watching them. Sometimes, it’s all about the guilty pleasure, not everything that you are hooked onto should invoke the critic in you. Thankfully for us kindred souls, there’s the final season of the ever-watchable The Affair. And can you even say no to watching Dwayne Johnson screw up life in Ballers? Or if you want to get on the hype-train for a show that is currently on air, how about you check out Euphoria? The psychedelic teen drama boasts of Drake as an executive producer and stars Zendaya – can there be a cooler combination?

But if you’re someone who still needs a little dose of sports, even in the cacophony of TV shows, EPL is just around the corner. It’s nice to know that Hotstar is keeping the excitement alive.

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