Over the next two weeks, the members of the Television Academy will vote on the first-ever contenders for Outstanding Short Form Comedy and Drama Series. Below are the contenders for the 2016 Emmy’s.
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Acting Dead (Self distributed on YouTube) Tate Blodgett’s acting career is so bad his only option to be cast in any of the ever-popular zombie TV shows and movies is to actually become one. Shaun of the Dead meets Arrested Development in this story about going six feet under to get to the top. View the trailer.
Anyone But Me: The Lost Scenes (Self distributed on YouTube) A new generation searching for love and belonging in the post 9/11 age. The series has seen three seasons, and grabbed over 48 million views globally, across platforms. Sample episode here.
Boot Camp For Life (PYOP / Distributed on YouTube/Facebook) BOOT CAMP FOR LIFE is an eight episode series that follows four women on a journey of self-exploration through the help of life changing classes. The only problem is the teacher. View episode one.
Childrens Hospital (Abominable Pictures / Adult Swim) CHILDRENS HOSPITAL defies convention with its twisted and hilarious take on the medical drama genre. The doctors are back for a seventh and final season, interventionalists turned rehabilitationimalists will relapse, and occasionally a sick kid will receive some version of medical treatment. Watch an episode.
Con Man (Self distributed on Vimeo) CON MAN, a series from Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, and PJ Haarsma, centers on the post-show life of Wray Nerely, the star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi series, which was canceled before its time and went on to become a cult classic beloved by fans. The series follows Wray as he tours the convention circuit.
The Crying Room (PYPO / on YouTube) THE CRYING ROOM is a seven episode series based on the newest corporate trend, “the crying room” — a room designated within an office for employees to cry. The series follows Abi, a new employee, who stumbles upon this sobbing sanctuary while looking for the supply closet.
Dramaworld (Jetavana Entertainment,
Third Culture Content / Viki) Claire, a Korean drama fanatic, has her world turned upside down when, through a twist of fate and a touch of magic, she gets sucked into her smartphone and transported into her favorite Korean drama. Can she fix the story before it’s too late? Watch episode one.
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl (Fullscreen) — ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL stars YouTube sensations Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart as a crime-fighting duo that take their super personas and crime fighting chops up a notch when they move from small town Ohio to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.
Everyone’s Crazy But Us (French Mustache / Funny or Die and YouTube) Gary and Denie Silverman are a married couple who disagree about everything — except their firm belief that everyone else in their lives is crazy. Watch the series.
Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 (TV-One / AMC) A group of passengers experience the outbreak aboard a commercial plane. Watch an episode.
Guidance (Awesomeness TV / Verizon go90 and YouTube) — The truth behind a series of scandalous photos of the most popular girl in school unfolds through weekly sessions with the school’s guidance counselor.
Get Your Life (Issa Rae’s ColorCreative / YouTube) GET YOUR LIFE is a scripted comedy about the un-scripted life of comedian/actress Amanda Seales working to keep it real amidst being a new New Yorker in Los Angeles.
Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters (Universal Television / NBC) A young woman documents her difficulty handling her growing super powers, as her protective brother struggles to keep her grounded. This found-footage style prequel series for the show Heroes Reborn set up the major conflicts, characters, and world for the show.
Hashtaggers (Stun Creative / E!) HASHTAGGERS centers around a dysfunctional group of millennials who ghost tweet for celebrities. But sometimes these “professionals” unintentionally create more problems than they solve for their Hollywood clientele that includes Snooki, William Shatner, Heidi Montag, Kevin Smith and many more.
Hack Into Broad City (Comedy Central) HACK INTO BROAD CITY allows Broad City fans to witness the outrageous video chats between BFFs Abbi and Ilana. Season 2 of the wildly successful web series finds the girls sticking it to Columbus Day, struggling through Yom Kippur and picking out the perfect Halloween costume.
Interns Of F.I.E.L.D (ScreenJunkies / YouTube) Even Superheroes need help saving the world sometimes, but what about the people who help the people who help the people doing the saving? Join the summer interns at the top secret agency F.I.E.L.D., where defending Earth is an entry-level dead-end job. Watch episode one.
Keith Broke His Leg (Self / Vimeo) After an accident, Keith is forced to see the world in a new way when his friends, his colleagues, and especially his wife don’t make life easy for the incapacitated. A semi-autobiographical comedy from Keith Powell (Toofer on 30 Rock). Watch the trailer.
Lonely And Horny (Jake and Amir / Vimeo) Ruby Jade (Amir Blumenfeld) is a neurotic, selfish, understandably single 30-something who wants to have sex more than anything else in the world. Along with the help of his empathetic dating coach Josh Rice (Jake Hurwitz) Ruby embarks on a quest to find love, with literally anybody. Watch an episode.
Mentor (Self) It’s a heartfelt true-to-life about a middle aged, gay, Jewish man (Jason Stuart) and a straight, starry-eyed kid (Paul Elia) who find friendship…without sex. Add their supportive, WASP movie star (Alexandra Paul) and comedy begins.
Molly From The Bachelor Follow Molly’s incredible and cringe-worthy journey as she edits herself into each weeks’ episode of the Bachelor, competing for the heart of one, Mr. Ben Higgins.
The New Adventures Of Peter And Wendy (Discourse Productions / YouTube) In the magical small-town of Neverland Ohio, Peter Pan, a late 20’s man-child, is forced to face growing up or losing his long time crush, Wendy Darling, in this romantic comedy re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic novel Peter And Wendy. It explores the joys and hardships of “growing up” today. Watch an episode.
Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures (New Form Digital / Vimeo) This show transports its audience to a whimsical, fantastical universe where Oliver, a twenty-something manager’s assistant, finds himself as the temporary proprietor of his uncle’s magical hotel. Oliver’s struggle to manage the hotel takes him on surreal adventures with its eccentric residents. Watch the series.
Part Timers (Smosh / YouTube) A group of employees attempt to deal with the mundanity of working at a dysfunctional children’s restaurant called Pork E. Pine’s.
Relationship Status (DiVide, Full Fathom Five, StyleHaul / Verizon go90) Split between Los Angeles and New York, RELATIONSHIP STATUS follows an interconnected group of 20- and 30-somethings over the course of a year as they experience the highs and lows of dating in the digital age. Watch here.
RePlay (New Form Digital / Verizon go90) What if you could repeat the most important day of your life until you perfected every moment? Receiving her one birthday wish, Allison Lee gets more than she asked for when she’s stuck repeating an epic 25th birthday bash that just went down in flames.
Sh*tty Boyfriends (Refinery29) Amanda is a talented cartoonist and ardent feminist with a problem. She ends up dating one shitty guy after another, and struggles to learn lessons from her failed romances that will help her navigate future relationships. Watch an episode.
Thingstarter (Above Average / NBC’s Seeso) THINGSTARTER, a workplace comedy, is about a startup company that develops ridiculous yet plausible products and takes them into the real world to get feedback from real people and experts.
These People (Jamie Heinrich & Zac Hug/ Vimeo) When their little brother draws them back together, the Bennet siblings both fail and succeed at tackling pregnancy, divorce, death, and their mother. Watch an episode.
The Skinny (Refinery29) THE SKINNY is an original dark comedy series, based on a true story, that follows feminist aspiring YouTube star Jessie (Jessie Kahlweiler) as she explores love, life, and friendship in Los Angeles while struggling with bulimia. Watch an episode.
UnREAL The Auditions A companion to the acclaimed series UnREAL, this digital and linear series features the “auditions” of eight potential Everlasting contestants. These videos will satiate fans excited about season two, and will increase engagement by encouraging viewers to guess who makes it onto the cast of this season of Everlasting.
Where The Bears Are (Self / YouTube) It’s the Golden Girls meets Murder She Wrote but with big, hairy gay men in the 5th season of this hit web comedy where our furry detectives must solve the murder of a wedding shower guest who drops dead from poisoned champagne. Watch an episode.
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell (Williams Street / Adult Swim) A live-action, workplace comedy about Gary, an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Watch an episode.