Kumail Nanjiani Talks the Finality of Miniseries and His Dream Cameo on “The Bear” on Emmys Red Carpet

Nanjiani attended the 2024 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night for “Welcome to Chippendales,” in which he both produced and starred.

Kumail Nanjiani Talks the Finality of Miniseries and His Dream Cameo on “The Bear” on Emmys Red Carpet
The event marked Kumail Nanjiani's second Emmy nomination after his 2019 nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in "The Twilight Zone" (2019–2020). Photo source: Daniel Benavides

Kumail Nanjiani told The Hollywood Reporter on the Emmys red carpet that it's "sad" that his mini-series “Welcome to Chippendales” (2022–2023) has come to an end.

Nanjiani attended the 2024 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night for “Welcome to Chippendales,” in which he both produced and starred. The miniseries tells the true story of Steve Banerjee, the Indian American entrepreneur who built the first and largest male stripper troupe, Chippendales, only to burn it down and become accessory to murder in an incredible true crime twist.

“Welcome to Chippendales” was nominated five times in four categories at the event. Nanjiani himself was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. His co-star Murray Bartlett was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, while co-stars Annaleigh Ashford and Juliette Lewis were both nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. Peggy Schnitzer, Derek Bulger and Julie Heath were all nominated for Outstanding Period Costumes for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for the episode “Leeches.” The miniseries failed to clinch a win at the ceremony, edged out by contenders like "Beef" (2023), "Black Bird" (2022), "Monster" (2022–2024) and "Daisy Jones & The Six" (2023).

On the red carpet, Nanjiani talked extensively about his experience working on a project he knows is finite. “The saddest thing about a limited series is that you really bond [with your co-stars] and then you kind of go away,” Nanjiani said. “When you wrap a limited series, it’s really sad because you know it’s over, you know? With a show, even if you don’t know you’re getting another season, there’s hope. [But with a] limited series? My character’s dead. Even if [the show] happens again, I’m not going to be part of it. It’s very sad."

Nanjiani also discussed the television shows that made him love the medium — “Miami Vice” (1984–1989) and “Seinfeld” (1989–1998), to name a few — and his aspirations of guest starring on “The Bear” (2022–). “I’d love to walk in the background of ‘The Bear,’” Nanjiani joked of the multi-Emmy winning comedy.

Watch Kumail Nanjiani on the red carpet of the 75th Primetime Emmys below.

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