The 2022 Emmy nominations will be unveiled on July 12th. This will be an exceptionally competitive year for the awards, since a backlog of COVID-delayed productions has resulted in a huge number of shows debuting over the past few months. This year, there are 171 contenders for nominations in the drama series categories alone –and one assured frontrunner is the new AppleTV+ series Severance. A heady blend of workplace satire and dystopian sci-fi, the show imagines a world in which the concept of “work-life balance” is taken to its logical extreme. In Severance, the employees of a technology company undergo a brain procedure that separates their non-work memories from their working life. When they’re at the office, they remember only details about their work; when they leave the office, they remember only their personal lives. Over the course of the ten-episode season, one “severed” employee, Mark (Adam Scott) starts to unravel a vast web of conspiracy within the company.
The show is created by Dan Erickson, and directed and produced by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle. Along with Scott, the cast includes Patricia Arquette, Britt Lower, Zack Cherry, John Turturro and Christopher Walken. Severance is one of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the year, and it’s no surprise that Apple TV+ has already renewed it for a second season. And in the meantime, it’s a likely contender in several Emmys categories, per Gold Derby, including Best Drama Series, Best Actor for Scott, and Best Actress for Patricia Arquette. The show is an AppleTV+ original, so for the moment you need to subscribe in order to access it. If you’re not already a subscriber, there is a handy way to test out the service—and binge the first season of Severance, provided you do it within a week.