Emmy turns 70: Primetime television talents vie for the awards


Streaming and cable shows make another big showing

“Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Monday, Sept. 17, on NBC.

It’s largely about cable and streaming shows again at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, but broadcast networks still have some seats at the table.

In fact, broadcast television continues to be the home of the event: NBC televises the 70th edition Monday, Sept. 17, with “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost (current Emmy nominees themselves) hosting … and likely parrying some political humor among wisecracks about show business. They’ll surely be given room for that, since “SNL” mentor Lorne Michaels will be the executive producer of the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.

Topping the total nominations is HBO’s ”Game of Thrones” with 22, followed by HBO’s ”Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” itself — both with 21 – and then Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” with 20. Among programming sources, Netflix is the leader with 112 bids, with HBO (customarily the top-ranked platform when it comes to Primetime Emmy nominations) now coming in second with 108.

For those who might wish to engage in their own guesswork before or during the event, following are the nominees in a number of major Emmy categories.


“Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost (left) and Michael Che host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Monday, Sept. 17, on NBC.
Outstanding comedy series: “Atlanta”; “Barry”; “black-ish“; “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “GLOW“; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Silicon Valley.”
Outstanding drama series: “The Americans”; “The Crown”; “Game of Thrones”; “The Handmaid’s Tale”; “Stranger Things”; “This Is Us”; “Westworld.”
Outstanding limited series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; “The Alienist”; “Genius: Picasso”; “Patrick Melrose”; “Godless.”
Outstanding reality competition series: “The Amazing Race”; “American Ninja Warrior”; “Project Runway”; “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; “Top Chef”; “The Voice.”
Outstanding variety/sketch series: “At Home with Amy Sedaris”; “Drunk History”; “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman”; “Portlandia”; “Saturday Night Live”; “Tracey Ullman’s Show.”
Outstanding variety/talk series: “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”; “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”; “The Late Late Show With James Corden”; “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Bill Hader, “Barry”; Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; William H. Macy, “Shameless”; Ted Danson, “The Good Place”; Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”; Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Allison Janney, “Mom”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”; Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie.”
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”; Ed Harris, “Westworld”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”; Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”; Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld.”
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Claire Foy, “The Crown”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Sandra Oh, Killing Eve”; Keri Russell, The Americans”; Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”; Tatiana Maslany, ”Orphan Black.”

Jay Bobbin

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