When it comes to stunt work on television one of the best shows on TV is AMC’s Into The Badlands. So it was a real surprise to see that the show was snubbed for their stunt work from this year’s Emmy Nominations that was announced today.
For those who don’t know what the show is about, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic world about 500 years after a war that left civilization in ruins. Many elements of technology, such as electricity and ground vehicles, have survived but society shuns guns, leading to a reliance on melee weaponry like swords, spears, and others like cross-bows.
The idea behind the show was for AMC to produce a compelling character drama and introduce the highest caliber of martial arts to a weekly and ongoing series. The quality of their martial arts athleticism and stunts rivaled only films like The Matrix trilogy, The Raid, and Kill Bill. Because of that many of the show’s stars weren’t terribly happy about being snubbed.
The series started small with only six episodes the first season, then 10 episode the next. But as the popularity of the show slowly rose it was given an order for 16 episodes for their current season that recently ended.
Lead actor Daniel Wu, who plays Sunny on the show, tweeted after the Emmy nominations were announced;
While on Twitter he responded to ONEEYEDgeek.
Actor Lewis Tan, who plays Gaius Chau on the show, tweeted his frustration about the snub as well.
Actor Sherman Augustus who plays Nathaniel Moon on the show, also tweeted about the snub.
Below is a list of who the Emmy committee nominated for stunts this year.
Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie
The Blacklist – NBC
Davis Entertainment and Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television
Cort L Hessler III, Stunt Coordinator
Blindspot – NBC
Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Christopher Place, Stunt Coordinator
Game Of Thrones – HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television
Rowley Irlam, Stunt Coordinator
Marvel’s The Punisher – Netflix
Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios
Thom Williams, Stunt Coordinator
Westworld – HBO
HBO Entertainment in association with Kilter Films, Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television
Doug Coleman, Stunt Coordinator
Brian Machleit, Stunt Coordinator
Some might argue that AMC isn’t doing enough for the show as they put a lot of marketing money into the Walking Dead franchises they currently produce. But with rating declining rapidly, that could change and Into The Badlands could see it go in their favor. But only time will tell.
Check out Into The Badlands Emmy consideration video for stunts below.