Megan Amram, writer for The Good Place (and before that, Parks and Recreation), almost pulled off an incredible feat last year, getting nominated for two Emmy Awards by writing and starring in a webseries which she only wrote and starred in for the purposes of winning an Emmy.
Amram is back with season two of An Emmy For Megan, released earlier this month.
The second season picks up the trail where season one left off, following Amram through the Emmy nominations and the ceremony itself, where she mouths “It’s OK” to the camera when they announced James Corden had won for his web series instead.
A funny thing happened afterward.
The TV Academy changed the rules for the “short form” categories Amram had entered. Changes which reflected they had taken notice of how Amram was mocking the process. Now, they vowed, you’d have your webseries submissions pre-screened by a random panel of Academy members. Plus, each episode of the series needs to last at least two minutes.
Not that this would fluster Amram, who — spoiler alert — died at the end of the first season of An Emmy For Megan.
Many of her guests returned for season two, throughout which Amram claims she’s not even making another season. It’s shamelessly meta.
Perhaps even more so in season two, which includes a series within the series, Talking Megan, a post-show talk show hosted by Patton Oswalt (who himself can now qualify for another Emmy category!?). You also can look forward to seeing John Early and Kate Berlant as Amram’s publicists, Retta as an unsuspecting guest in Amram’s rip-off of a Corden segment.
There’s another episode almost wholly consisting of video messages from celebrities and comedians (this time around, look for well-wishes from Mandy Moore, Nathan Fielder, Natasha Lyonne, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, John Mulaney, Audra McDonald, Awkwafina, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Alex Borstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda) to get Amram over the two-minute episode mark.
And there’s even one or two more conceits that I don’t dare spoil for you if you make it to the finale.
But make it you should.