Will the Emmys Change Damon Lindelof’s Mind about HBO’s Watchmen?

Will the Emmys Change Damon Lindelof’s Mind about HBO’s Watchmen?

Last night, HBO added a little more time to the gala parade celebrating its acclaimed series Watchmen. At the 72nd Emmy Awards seen virtually and live on ABC, the nine-episode series gathered four golden statues, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Supported Actor, and Outstanding Lead Actress.

Source: Done and Dusted/Reginald Hudlin/ABC

Geckaphiles everywhere cheered as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won Supporting Actor for his portrayal as Cal Abar (altar ego of Dr. Manhattan).

And that actress, of course, is the prodigious Regina King who rocked as Angela Abar/Sister Night in Damon Lindelof’s series.

Also, Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won for Outstanding Writing in a “Limited Series.” Specifically, for Watchmen’s sixth episode “This Extraordinary Being.”

The crowning achievement for nerds was this is the first time a comic-book adaptation has ever taken home a top prize at the annual celebration of television’s best work. Everyone is learning just because origin material is a comic book or graphic novel doesn’t mean it is reading for five-year-olds.

So, uh, Lindelof… Is Watchmen getting a Season 2 now?!

You Damn Right It’s “Limited”

Watchmen Outstanding Supporting Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Source: DC Comics/HBO Television/Paramount Television

When Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won the EMMY for Outstanding Writing in Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, that was the first thing I thought.

Yes, it was limited. We got one season of some of the best TV series material we’ve seen in a while; yet, the plug was pulled much to the chagrin of many fans. And it’s clear Lindelof still feels Watchmen is needed on television. Did you see his acceptance speech?

Damon Lindelof dedicated the award to the victims and survivors of the Tulsa Massacre in 1921, a widely “forgotten” event that really happened and reignited the need for awareness about real civil rights in this country.

“The fires that destroyed Black Wall Street still burn today…The only way to put them out is if we all fight them together.”

Damon Lindelof, 2020 EMMYs

Yet, the HBO series that won 11 primetime Emmys remains still “limited” — as in a one-and-done series. One season and Lindelof was content with leaving the production, which left a huge Dr. Manhattan crater in our hearts. He even said to THR in October 2019:

“We want to see how it’s received by you guys,” he said. “If the show comes out there and the conversation surrounding the show suggests you’re hungry for more, we’ll certainly take that into consideration. We want to deliver nine episodes that deliver a complete and total amazing story.”

DAMON LINDELOF, THR, OCt. 2019

So, 11 Emmys for the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel. In the virtual backstage presser, Lindelof was asked about that aforementioned “consideration”…

“It would feel like a huge betrayal of [winning for] limited series to come back and say it wasn’t a limited series dot dot dot…This was my run on it, and I’ve invited any other artist to take up the baton. … I’m so much more excited about seeing what someone else would do with it.”

DAMON LINDELOF, 2020 EMMYS

Nice sentiment, Damon. We’re not.

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