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The Emmy Nominees Are Out, and “SNL” Got a Lot of Love This Year

The Emmy Nominees Are Out, and “SNL” Got a Lot of Love This Year

The nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are out . . . and “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld”are tied for the most, with 22 apiece.

The Netflix sensation “Stranger Things” is next.  It has 18, along with the FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan”.  HBO’s “Veep” follows with 17. Not surprisingly, HBO leads all networks with 110 nominations.

Netflix has been surging in recent years, and now it’s a close second with 91.  NBC is next with 60, followed by FX (54), ABC (34), CBS (29), Fox (21), Hulu (18), Amazon (16), and Showtime (15).

“Saturday Night Live” extended its existing record for most nominations of ALL-TIME, with 231.  That record won’t be broken any time soon.  “ER” is next with 124.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus  got yet ANOTHER nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.  It’s the 23rd nomination of her career.  If she wins, she’ll tie with Cloris Leachman for most Emmy wins by a performer with eight, AND she’d set a new record for most Emmys won for the same role in the same series.

At the moment, she’s tied with Candice Bergen from “Murphy Brown” and Don Knotts from “The Andy Griffith Show”.  They’ve all won five for the same role.

As for the biggest SURPRISE nomination, we finally have JUSTICE FOR BARB!!!  Shannon Purser became a breakout star for her role as Barb on “Stranger Things”, and she’s nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

She seemed surprised on Twitter, and a lot of critics were too.  It’s fascinating how the Internet made Barb a star, but in reality, there wasn’t much to her role.

Carrie Fisher got a posthumous nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the British show “Catastrophe.” The HBO documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” also got a couple nominations in the technical categories.

“Game of Thrones” scored 23 nominations last year, and won 12 awards, but it didn’t get nominated for ANYTHING this year, because it didn’t air during the period of eligibility, between June of last year, and this past May.  Season Six was part of last year’s awards, and Season Seven premieres on Sunday.

CBS will air “The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards” live on September 17th.  STEPHEN COLBERT is hosting.

When it comes to the snubs, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” was left out of the ‘Variety Talk Series’ category this year.  Jimmy Fallon had been nominated every year since 2010, back when he was hosting “Late Night.”

There has been a lot of talk about how soft Fallon is on politics, and MAYBE that had something to do with it, because most of the other nominees go out of their way to tackle political issues, and politics seemed to drive ratings over the past year…but then again, Seth Meyers hits politics hard, and “Late Night” wasn’t nominated, so maybe it’s just that people are getting tired of Fallon’s shtick of goofing off and playing frat games with celebrities.

To be clear, “Late Night” did get a nomination for writing, and “The Tonight Show” got one for Outstanding Interactive Program, whatever that is.

Other “snubs” that were not nominated in major categories this year include: “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, “Insecure”, “The Good Fight”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Mr. Robot”, and “The Young Pope”.

Lena Dunham and “Girls” were also absent from the major categories, as was “Bloodline” and “The Leftovers.”  And while “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” did get a nomination for best TV movie, Oprah Winfrey didn’t earn an individual nomination for her acting.

The 2017 Emmy Nominees

There are like a MILLION categories overall and you can browse through them all at Emmys.com.  You can download the press release PDFs, here.  This one is cool, because it features information on the previous nominations and wins of those in the key categories.

Outstanding Drama Series:

“Better Call Saul”, AMC

“The Crown”, Netflix

“The Handmaid’s Tale”, Hulu

“House of Cards”, Netflix

“Stranger Things”, Netflix

“This Is Us”, NBC

“Westworld”, HBO



Outstanding Comedy Series:

“Atlanta”, FX

“Black-ish”, ABC

“Master of None”, Netflix

“Modern Family”, ABC

“Silicon Valley”, HBO

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, Netflix

“Veep”, HBO


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” (FX)

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld” (HBO)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Keri Russell, “The Americans” (FX)

Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Elizabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

David Harbour, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld” (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets” (FX)

Anthony Anderson, “Black-Ish” (ABC)

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” (FX)

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish” (ABC)

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)

Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Louie Anderson, “Baskets” (FX)

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Matt Walsh, “Veep” (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Vanessa Bayer, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kathryn Hahn, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)


Outstanding Limited Series:

“Big Little Lies”, HBO

“Fargo”, FX

“Feud: Bette and Joan”, FX

“Genius”, National Geographic

“The Night Of”, HBO


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” (FX)

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius” (National Geographic)

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)

John Turturro, “The Night Of” (HBO)

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: The Lying Detective” (PBS)

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC)

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Carrie Coon, “Fargo” (FX)

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

David Thewlis, “Fargo” (FX)

Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

Stanley Tucci, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

Bill Camp, “The Night Of” (HBO)

Michael Kenneth Williams, “The Night Of” (HBO)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

Jackie Hoffman, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)


Outstanding Animated Program:

“Archer”, FX

“Bob’s Burgers”, Fox

“Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First)”, Disney Channel

“The Simpsons”, Fox

“South Park”, Comedy Central


Outstanding Reality Competition Program:

“The Amazing Race”, CBS

“American Ninja Warrior”, NBC

“Project Runway”, Lifetime

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”, VH1

“Top Chef”, Bravo

“The Voice”, NBC


Outstanding Structured Reality Program:

“Antiques Roadshow”, PBS

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, Food Network

“Fixer Upper”, HGTV

“Lip Sync Battle”, Spike TV

“Shark Tank”, ABC

“Who Do You Think You Are?”, TLC


Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program:

“Born This Way”, A&E

“Deadliest Catch”, Discovery Channel

“Gaycation with Ellen Page”, Viceland

“Intervention”, A&E

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”, YouTube

“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”, CNN


Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program:

Martha Stewartand Snoop Dogg, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1)

Gordon Ramsay, “MasterChef Junior” (Fox)

Alec Baldwin, “Match Game” (ABC)

Heidi Klumand Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)

RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)


Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”, TBS

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”, ABC

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, HBO

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”, CBS

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, CBS

“Real Time with Bill Maher”, HBO


Outstanding Variety Sketch Series:

“Billy on the Street”, Funny or Die

“Documentary Now!”, IFC

“Drunk History”, Comedy Central

“Portlandia”, IFC

“Saturday Night Live”, NBC

“Tracey Ullman’s Show”, HBO