The Emmy® Nomination Buzz

July 17, 2019

See what the media outlets are saying about “Special” and “It’s Bruno” Emmy® nominations for the Television Academy Awards.

Netflix also found its way into the shortform nominations this year with the comedy series Special, which has a shorter run time that made it eligible for the category. The Jim Parsons-produced series, which was created by and stars Ryan O’Connell, received three noms, including for actresses Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel. All told, Netflix received four noms in the shortform categories, including one for the series It’s Bruno! about a man and his dog.

The Hollywood Reporter

Beyond elated that #Special has been nominated for 3 #Emmys! Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and a pair of Outstanding Actress nominations for Jessica Hecht and @bigpunam! Congrats @ryanoconn & team!

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The Academy has determined the series does not meet the minimum required runtime. As a result, the submission with the next highest number of votes in the category — Ryan O’Connell becomes a nominee in the Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category for the role of Ryan Hayes in the Netflix series Special.


Ryan O’Connell, the creator of Netflix’s short-form sitcom “Special,” had never acted before and had no intention of being the star of his series. But a limited budget put him front and center. And now that performance has earned him a surprise Emmy nomination.

Los Angeles Times

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