Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy Go to WandaVision, Ted Lasso?

The 2021 Emmy nominees for Best Main Title Theme Music are more varied than ever. While TV theme songs continue to be scarce, each of this year’s nominees contributed to the tones and moods of their respective series, which include “Allen v. Farrow” (HBO), “Bridgerton” (Netflix), ” The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max), “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) and “WandaVision” (Disney+).

These opening tunes include soaring orchestral pieces, a heart-pounding homage to classic thrillers, a soft rock track, and a collection of sitcom homages over the years. Whoever wins the song will win their first Primetime Emmy. So which first game will Emmy voters consider the best of the 2020-21 TV season? Let’s dive into the five theme songs and then be sure to make your own predictions.

“Allen v. Farrow” – Theme by Michael Abels

Also nominated this year for composing the score for the documentary series, Abels gave the “Allen v. Farrow” theme a fittingly serious tone. Beginning with a simple piano melody and staccato strings, the theme builds and builds until a full orchestra takes things to a whole new level of intensity. While “Allen v. Farrow” is arguably the least-viewed nominee in this bunch, Emmy voters have responded very positively to it, with additional nominations in Outstanding Documentary Series, Directing, Writing and more. technologies.

“Bridgerton” — Theme by Kris Bower and Michael Dean Parson

Bowers and Parsons crafted a slender, full-bodied orchestral piece for the “Bridgerton” theme. The song evokes refinement and warmth, with a faded melody that sits on propelling strings. Although this is the first Emmy nomination for Parsons, Bowers is now a four-time nominee, having previously earned nominations for “When They See Us” in 2019 and “Mrs. America” ​​last year. , with a concurrent bid for “Bridgerton” this year in Best Original Dramatic Score.

“The Air Hostess” — Theme by Blake Neely

Neely composed one of the most stressful theme songs in recent memory with his opening track for “The Flight Attendant”. The dizzying melody is a fast-paced percussive theme with discordant layers that create a thoroughly disorienting yet addictive piece that matches the tone of the series. Neely is a former Emmy nominee for writing the theme for “Everwood” in 2003 and the scores for “The Pacific” in 2010 and another airplane-based series, “Pan Am” in 2012.

“Ted Lasso” — Theme by Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe

The shortest theme among this year’s nominees is opener “Ted Lasso” by Mumford and Howe. The catchy song features vocals from Mumford himself, with a folk-rock sensibility you can imagine Ted himself listens to and appreciates. This is the first Emmy nomination for Mumford and Howe, who are also the composers of the Apple TV+ comedy.

“WandaVision” — Theme by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

The Oscar-winning Lopezes have a head start in this category, having composed six different opening themes across the nine episodes of “WandaVision.” Each song is a loving homage to themes from television history, including a brassy 50s theme (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”), a bubbly 60s track (“Bewitched”, “I Dream of Jeannie “), a breezy ’70s song (“The Brady Bunch”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”), a cheesy 80s/90s theme (“Growing Pains”, “Full House”), a rock song early 2000s chaos (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and a modern electronic track (“The Office”). The Lopezes are also nominated this year for writing the song “Agatha All Along.” They were previously nominated for having written songs for the Oscars and “The Comedians” in 2015. Lopez has an additional offer to write a song “Scrubs” in 2007.

With such a strong group of contenders, which theme will stand out and win the Emmy for Best Main Title Theme Music? “WandaVision” is the likeliest winner given the sheer scale of the work on display, in addition to honoring the company the Emmy voters work at. But voters have avoided awarding vocal themes in recent years, which could put both “WandaVision” and “Ted Lasso” in a tougher place. The “Allen v. Farrow” theme is striking but perhaps not as memorable as the other orchestral pieces. Most years, the dreamy theme from “Bridgerton” or an awe-inspiring composition like the opener to “The Flight Attendant” would be the winner. Any of these themes could steer it away from “WandaVision,” especially if voters consider the tributes to be more knockoffs than memorable themes on their own.

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