Emmy Nominations Announced - 'Westworld' And 'Stranger Things' Lead The Pack!

Emmy nominators showered a lot of attention on the five picks for limited series: "Big Little Lies" (with 16 nominations), "Fargo" (16), "Feud: Bette and Joan" (18), "Genius" (10) and "The Night Of" (13).

Several veteran actresses - including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Jane Fonda - received nominations.

After years of genre programming not getting much attention in the top categories, the Academy recognised HBO's sci-fi western thriller. Topping the nominees' list were NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and HBO's "Westworld" with 22 each.

Vying for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama are Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul, David Harbour for Strangers Things, Ron Cephas Jones for This is Us, Michael Kelly for House of Cards, John Lithgow for The Crown, Mandy Patinkin for Homeland and Jeffrey Wright for Westworld.

NBC easily led the broadcast pack with 64 nominations, better than the 41 it got a year ago, thanks largely to This Is Us, which received 11. The ceremony will be televised by CBS.

Comedian Wanda Sykes' guest appearance on ABC's black-ish earned her a nomination in the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Trump bump: Besides Saturday Night Live, several shows adopted a staunch anti-Trump posture in the a year ago and that appears to have helped them with Emmy voters. Then Malek toppled heavy hitters such as Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber, and Kevin Spacey, all of whom are back in the category again this year.

"This sweeping array of television shows ranges from familiar favorites like Black- ish and House of Cards to nominations newcomers like Westworld, This Is Us and Atlanta". Season 7 will be eligible for the 2018 Emmy Awards. The comedy streams on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play. It's especially a shame that it was nominated since HBO's "Insecure" and ABC's "Fresh of the Boat" were shut out.

The top nominations will be read by "Veep's" Anna Chlumsky and Shemar Moore, who previously starred on "Criminal Minds".

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

When the nominees are announced Thursday in Los Angeles, NBC's "This is Us" has a chance to show network dramas can still be Emmy worthy. Considering that she's in the same category as Shannon Purser, perhaps the awards body didn't feel like they needed any other serious contenders for the award of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Have you heard of a little HBO drama called Game of Thrones?

Many freshman TV series are up for an Emmy in the drama category, including "The Handmaid's Tale", "Stranger Things", "The Crown", "Westworld" and "This Is Us".

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