For ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ winning an Emmy may be child’s play

Last year “A Series of Unfortunate Events” only received one Emmy nomination: Best Music Composition for James Newton Howard. But this time the Netflix adaptation of Daniel Handler’s novels, which he wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket, was entered for consideration for Best Children’s Program. It paid off with a nomination. Can it go as far as to pull off a win?

The second season adapted the middle 5 novels in the 13-book series into 10 episodes: “The Austere Academy,” “The Ersatz Elevator,” “The Vile Village,” “The Hostile Hospital,” and “The Carnivorous Carnival.” The last four books will be covered next year by the show’s third and final season. With so little time left, Emmy voters will only get one more chance to award the program.

The show certainly has the kind of pedigree that may appeal to the TV academy. Among the executive producers nominated for the series are author Handler, star Neil Patrick Harris, Rose Lam, director Barry Sonnenfeld, and John Weber. Harris is already a five-time Emmy winner: for guest acting on “Glee” in 2010 as well as four victories for his stints hosting the Tony Awards.

Lam was a Daytime Emmy nominee in 2002 for the children’s special “Off Season.” Sonnenfeld is the director behind films including “The Addams Family” (1991), “Get Shorty” (1995) and “Men in Black” (1997), and he’s a previous Emmy winner for directing the pilot episode of “Pushing Daisies” (2008). And Weber is actually a recent Emmy winner: he claimed Best Drama Series last year as a co-executive producer of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

TV critics agree that the second season of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is Emmy worthy. Rohan Naahar (Hindustan Times) writes, “’A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is one of the most lavish originals in Netflix’s bottomless catalog, created by fans, for fans.” Chelsea Tatham (Tampa Bay Times) adds that it “still strikes that perfect balance between comedy and gloom.”

Will its pedigree combined with its strong reviews give it a leg up against its rivals? It faces two other Netflix programs, “Alexa and Katie” and “Fuller House.” There’s also Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels.” And rounding out the category is HBO’s “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special”; last year the award went to “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas,” so you can never count “Sesame Street” out of an Emmy race.

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