It couldn’t have been better scripted. Sarah Jessica Parker, an HFPA sweetheart with nine nominations, seven of them – and four wins – for HBO Gender and city – was the first presenter to announce the 2021 Golden Globe nominations this morning.
The first category she presented was Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical; the first nominee she read was Emily in Paris, the new series of Gender and city creator Darren Star. The show’s lead role, Lily Collins, was later announced as nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy.
These were the categories dominated by Gender and city and its star Parker in the early 2000s. For an awards show known to be notoriously fickle, recognizing a hot new show and quickly moving up to the next newcomer next year, Gender and city had an incredible outfit. The Half Hour, which spanned six seasons, won six nominations for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Parker got seven (Sex and the CitY’s final season was split into two parts, which gave him an extra chance at eligibility.) Parker’s four wins are tied for second for an actor on a single show; the three wins in the series are also tied for Globes’ second-highest total.
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Gender and city was such a big HFPA favorite that the amount of recognition the show and its star received throughout its run has remained unmatched since.
Enter the new creation of Star, Emily in Paris.
The show literally picks up where Gender and city leave behind. The two-part finale of the HBO series was titled “An American Girl in Paris,” which is the basic premise of Emily in Paris, and he was put in the city of lights.
There are lots of parallels – the two half-hour single-camera comedies follow a single, professional young lady who’s a fashionista and dons one eye-catching high-end ensemble after another with a level employee pay. intermediate. Both live alone in a trendy cosmopolitan city, have single girlfriends, and are on the hunt for Mister Big.
The only thing of Gender and city which really lacks Emily in Paris it’s gender, which could change now that the series is on Netflix.
Streamer rushes to acquire finished first season, originally developed by and produced for the ad-supported Paramount Network, giving the show that premium cachet Gender and city had on HBO and may have given it exposure to members of HFPA.
contrary to Gender and city, who was universally admired for her honest portrayal of single women and sexuality, Emily in Paris has met mixed reactions from critics and has been criticized for its portrayal of France and its people.
This is probably why the warm reception the series has received from the HFPA is somewhat surprising. But the show shares enough DNA with a Golden Globe royalty Gender and city, so nostalgia for an iconic series may have elevated a distant descendant to enter the field of the Globes. But at the same time Sex and the Citcould have helped Emily in Paris enter the door, his resistance will be in his own hands.