Kevin Costner starrer “Yellowstone,” which is one of the most viewed television shows, particularly with conservative audiences, didn’t get a single Emmy nomination for the 2022 awards show.
The modern Western drama, which is so popular it regularly draws 11 million viewers, has only been nominated by the Television Academy for an award once during the show’s entire four season run, and the series didn’t take home the statue.
According to Hollywood news site Deadline, the lack of nominations stems from “Yellowstone” appealing to conservatives. “Voters may continue to see the Kevin Costner drama as a red state western, a show about the other part of America that only your dad watches,” a recent article posited.
Conservative commentator Meghan McCain believes the popular drama suffers during award’s season for the same reason it appeals to so many viewers.
“The show isn’t woke, it isn’t trying to lecture anyone about everything that is wrong with our culture,” she wrote. “It doesn’t portray the elitist perspective of coastal television writers and where they think America should be going.”
“What is critically celebrated in Hollywood and the media is more determined by the values and tastes of television writers, than the tastes of the masses,” she noted.
Series creator, Taylor Sheridan, wants to see his cast get some recognition for their performances in a show that is so popular, it spawned the hit prequel “1883.”
“That I’ve hired some of the most talented actors out there to bring these characters to life, and to see them be recognized is long overdue,” Sheridan told the outlet. “I will say this, it took the coasts a bit to find this show, and once they found it, they’ve responded to the talent, the dedication of the actors.”
“When you’re nominated for an award by any of your respective guilds, it’s the greatest honor you can receive. Because it’s your peers. It’s a lot of actors saying, that was really good acting. That means a lot to them, and it should,” he concluded.