Lovecraft Country may not be returning on HBO, but it is getting a ton of Emmy love as it wraps up.
The supernatural horror series received 18 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Majors), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael K. Williams), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Aunjanue Ellis), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Courtney B. Vance), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Misha Green).
This is the first Emmy nomination for series leads Majors and Smollett. It is the second for Ellis, and vindication of sorts after she was snubbed last year for The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.
Both Williams and Majors are especially heavy favorites in their category heading in to the September awards, and there is a chance the show could perform well across the board.
“We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” HBO said in a prior statement whhiich came right after the Emmy voting deadline. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”
After the news came out that the show would not get a season 2, series creator and showrunner Misha Green took to social media to tease Lovecraft Country: Supremacy, which would have been the show’s sophomore run.
The first season followed Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.