• James Kunovski

The Subversive Parody of An Emmy for Megan

Megan Amram has written for Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, and most recently The Good Place. Sure, writing and holding a job in this industry may be great, but winning an award must be the *greatest*. Amram has made it her quest to win the industry’s biggest award - the Osc-Emmy. The Emmy. So what’s her master plan? In honour of the recent creation of the ‘Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series’ category, she has created a self-starring, qualifying web-series. She especially desires the actress sub-category. In doing so, a series that focuses less on telling a story, and more on the journey of creating award-bait and their snazzy campaigns is born.

Playing a “fictionalised” version of herself, she abides strictly by the eligibility rules outlined by the Television Academy. These requirements involve an overall series length to be six episodes, so this series is exactly that, nothing more, nothing less.

Also included are nuggets that lean towards acquired Academy taste. By the first episode, Amram is already shedding tears and consistently finding herself in plenty of high-stakes drama.

The campaign continues outside the Vimeo bubble. In the social media era where campaigns have predominantly moved online, mounting a billboard in Hollywood still remains a popular choice. Amram has done the same (or has she, like I genuinely can't tell if this is a joke). See, the Game of Thrones billboard for an example of that big-studio budget.

The first season’s efforts paid off with two Emmy nominations. Both the series and Amram herself received the nod. Of course, her mission was in jest, but I wonder what her reaction was on the morning of nominations. Unfortunately, come award night, the show went home empty-handed.

Undeterred, Amram would continue her efforts, and launched a second season. This season began with a lament over last year’s loss, “it’s okay”, she shrugged off as an enthusiastic James Cordern took to the stage in her place. “But it wasn’t okay,” a voice-over sounds. The cameos were ramped up. Awkwafina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney and perennial nominee Cordern make an appearance, all spurring her renewed effort. This season even featured an exciting post-credit breakdown, hosted by none other than Patton Oswalt. He hosts "Talking Megan", which is definitely not a jab at Chris Hardwick’s recap shows. Per rules, Oswalt need only be on screen for the majority of episodes, regardless of time, to be considered. So, he makes an appearance, albeit very short, and in turn received a nomination. Once again, the show did too. Neither won.

Even after two seasons, Megan’s attempts to win an Emmy have sadly, failed. In semi-seriousness, the show is actually pretty entertaining and a nice catharsis when award sensation takes over.

As that touching Emmys quote goes “there’s always next year.” An Emmy for Megan has not been renewed for a third season…