The first round of voting for Emmy nominations starts in a month and studios are now sending out their “For Your Consideration” DVD screeners to Television Academy members. The set from CBS Television Studios includes eight shows. This year they are pushing for only two of their scripted dramas, The Good Fight and Star Trek: Discovery. TrekMovie has gotten ahold of the Discovery set to share a look at it.
A look at the 2018 Star Trek Discovery Emmy DVD screener
Star Trek: Discovery has picked up a few guild nominations, plus nominations for 5 Saturn Awards, a Hugo Award and even a Peabody, but the big fish in Hollywood is, of course, the Emmy. Judging by how CBS chose their promoted shows and designed their screeners, it’s clear they want to see Trek make a big splash. The Discovery screener includes four discs inside a folding wallet. The set includes the entire season, which is unusual for DVD screeners–most feature a handful of key episodes.
The discs and wallet are all custom printed with Star Trek: Discovery imagery, along with notations on which categories they want Emmy voters to consider for the show along with a number of blurbs from television critics.
CBS Studios is asking Emmy voters to consider Discovery for Outstanding Drama Series. They are also asking for consideration for a number of actors in the show including Sonequa Martin-Green for Outstanding Lead Actress as well as Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Jason Isaacs, Shazad Latif and Wilson Cruz for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Michelle Yeoh, Mary Wiseman and Mary Chieffo for Outstanding Supporting Actress. James Frain, Rainn Wilson, Kenneth Mitchell and Jayne Brook are all singled out for consideration for Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress respectively.
But CBS isn’t done with that, with the DVD screener asking voters to consider Discovery in other categories including Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Title Design, Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup and Outstanding Costumes (Fantasy/Sci-Fi).
Not only is it notable that Star Trek: Discovery is one of the few shows CBS Studios is pushing for with the Emmys (including being one of two dramas), but they are also promoting Discovery for consideration in more categories than any of the other seven shows in the collection they sent out to Emmy voters.
The critical quotes chosen for the screener are also noteworthy in how CBS is positioning the show to Emmy voters. In addition to the usual type of quotes lauding the “visually stunning” series, they chose one quote prominently that declares Discovery the “most woke series yet,” and another about how the show has the “best women on TV ever.” Politics are part of Emmy voting and CBS wants to make sure that Discovery’s message is coming through to voters.
Star Trek at the Emmys
Star Trek has a long history with the Emmys, receiving 155 nominations over the decades. Each Star Trek series has multiple nominations for each season, going back to the beginning. However, almost all of the nominations are in what are considered creative arts categories like makeup and effects, with only three nominations for acting (all for Leonard Nimoy). The franchise has only three nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, for the first two seasons of The Original Series and last season of The Next Generation. To date, no Star Trek series has ever been nominated for writing or directing.
Emmy nominations for this year will be announced on July 12th. The Creative Arts Awards ceremony will be held September 8th with the main Emmy Awards ceremony coming on September 17th.
Still no word on consumer home video release
It’s worth noting these DVD screeners are not for commercial purposes. These are solely for Emmy voters. To date, CBS has not made any announcements about a home video release for the first season of Discovery on either DVD or Blu-ray, nor is it available to purchase digitally via services like iTunes.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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