Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV

The Emmys get it so right with 'The Keepers' nomination

I cannot tell you happy I am to see “The Keepers” get an Emmy nomination as best documentary or nonfiction series.

This is by far the greatest production of the genre this year. And I cannot remember a film as steeped in moral authority and social conscience as this one.

It is almost enough to restore my faith in the awards.

I have come to loathe the Emmys for the way they confuse many of us about quality TV.

The nominations this year are no exception for the most part.

“House of Cards” was running on empty this season in my estimation, but it received six nominations including those for best drama, best lead actor, best lead actress and best supporting actor in a drama.

Of the four, only Michael Kelly, as Doug Stamper, deserves the nomination.

On the other hand, Oprah Winfrey came up empty in the actress categories on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and I thought her performance was outstanding.

But, thanks to the nomination of “The Keepers,” I can let all that go this year and actually celebrate something that’s Emmy connected.

I am even going to watch the awards with some real excitement Sept. 17 on CBS to see “The Keepers” win.

I hope it wins, and everyone in the world goes out and sees it.

As for those people in the Baltimore area who looked the other way after Sister Catherine Cesnik was murdered, I hope this production never lets them forget.

david.zurawik@baltsun.com

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