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Emmy Noms Up Close: New Blood, Netflix Love and the Most Evident Trends


The drama race is shaken up by five first-year series, and late night gets political as TV Academy voters appear to be informed by the aftermath of the 2016 election.

The culmination of an expensive and overwhelming campaign season, the 2017 Primetime Emmy nominations offer something for most everyone — and, with few exceptions, as open a race as the awards have seen in some time. A record five first-year series — The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld — join familiar entries House of Cards and Better Call Saul in the top drama race. That means there’s no category consensus leading into the final round of voting, open Aug. 14, though HBO’s Westworld leads with 22 noms.

Newcomer Atlanta seems to pose the most serious threat to Veep‘s recent comedy reign, but the fervor for the whirlwind election season of Saturday Night Live (which tied Westworld for the most noms) may make the variety sketch show this year’s true comedic breakout. TV Academy voters clearly took cues from the current political climate, also acknowledging the eerie alternate America of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale with 13 mentions and laying on love for late night’s biggest Donald Trump critics, Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert.

This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.



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Feinberg Forecast: First Look at the Post-Nominations Emmy Landscape


'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner'

‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

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Projected Standings

1. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (TBS)

2. Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t? (Showtime)

3. Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (CBS)

4. Louis C.K. 2017 (Netflix)

5. Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust (Netflix)



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Emmys: Leah Remini's Scientology Series Nabs Reality Nomination


Remini’s ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ was nominated for best informational series or special during Thursday’s announcement.

Leah Remini has earned a 2017 Emmy nomination for her high-profile Scientology series. The A&E exposé Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath scored a nomination for best informational series or special during Thursday’s announcement of the annual TV awards.

After 34 years of devotion, Remini left the Church of Scientology in a highly publicized departure in 2013. Now, nearly four years after her exit, Remini is continuing to earn recognition for her plight.

The controversial religion’s defector launched the unscripted series, of which she is an executive producer, late last year. Remini, who detailed the threats she received from the church ahead of the series’ launch that still continue today, confessed that everyone on her team told her not to do the show. 

“They want me to be an actress. They want me to do what I love to do,” she said during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Reality TV Roundtable. “Acting is something that I love to do, but this is my passion. They don’t want me to be known as someone who does a show about Scientology, but what am I going to do? Not do it?”

The series ranked as cable’s top unscripted series among total viewers for 2016.

The actress, who will also be reuniting with her King of Queens husband, Kevin James, on the second season of CBS’ Kevin Can Wait, said she simply couldn’t turn away from the potential to help people by shedding a light on the church and the aftermath members face when leaving it.

The series has been renewed for a 10-episode second season, with a premiere date yet to be announced. A&E Network also aired a two-hour special after the finale of the six-episode first season, Merchants of Fear, in May.

“This is about showing the actual practices dictated by this policy of Scientology that demands for people to be destroyed,” Remini told THR. “That’s what we’re talking about. You can believe in whatever you want to believe in. You want to be a scientologist? That’s great, but don’t deny these are the practices of it that are hurting people.”

The Church asked that THR link to its website, which it claims “exposes the fraud behind Leah Remini’s bigoted hate-filled program.”

Also nominated in the category was CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, National Geographic’s StarTalk and HBO’s Vice.

The 2017 Emmys will broadcast Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. For the full list of nominees, head here.



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Emmys: Nominations Reflect TV at Crossroads


If Thursday morning’s 69th Emmy nominations confirmed anything, it is that the medium of television has arrived at a major crossroads. Broadcast had its best showing in years, thanks mostly to NBC’s This Is Us, which scored 11 noms, including best drama series and individual recognition for no fewer than seven of its performers. However, for the first time, the majority of nominees for a series award — in this case, best drama series — hail from streaming services, with Netflix landing noms for rookies The Crown and Stranger Things plus perennial House of Cards, and Hulu bagging its first-ever major nom for The Handmaid’s Tale.

And yet, despite all of this, and this season’s ineligibility of Game of Thrones, the pay-cable service HBO remains the overall nominations leader with 110 mentions, 19 ahead of Netflix and 50 ahead of third-place NBC, thanks largely to a better-than-expected showing by Westworld, which scored 22 noms, a number equaled only by NBC’s resurgent Saturday Night Live, on the back of an unprecedented four supporting acting noms and record-tying five guest acting noms.

Furthermore, in this era of Peak TV, when nobody can possibly see everything (or even come close to doing so), Thursday’s noms make it crystal-clear that the roughly 20,000 members of the TV Academy are far more susceptible to buzz from PR efforts than raves from critics. How else can one explain the egregious snubs of FX’s The Americans and Amazon’s Transparent in favor of two tired shows, the aforementioned House of Cards and ABC’s Modern Family, in the drama and comedy series categories, respectively, as well as almost across-the-board neglect of the acclaimed final season of HBO’s The Leftovers and Insecure, FX’s Legion and Starz’s American Gods?

Rightly or wrongly, a key take-away from this announcement will be that special venues that circumvented the TV Academy’s constraining FYC screening process (most prominently, Netflix’s controversial FYSee space) and creative PR stunts (such as having women walk around Hollywood — and Washington — dressed as handmaids) made a difference, so expect to see more of them next season.

There are plenty of individual inclusions and omissions that one can take issue with, as well. Last year’s best actress in a drama series winner, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, was ineligible this year, but the same cannot be said for last year’s best actor in a drama series winner, Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek, who clearly deserved a return invite (at least) for the show’s second season, which might have been even better than its first. And that category also should have included Goliath‘s Billy Bob Thornton, but for some reason Amazon has, apart from Transparent, not been able to connect with TV Academy members to the same extent as its streaming competitors (its comedy series Fleabag and I Love Dick also deserved to show up somewhere). And what of no nom for Stranger ThingsWinona Ryder or any of the members of the cast of HBO’s Silicon Valley, plus a nom for the wrong Mandy (This Is UsMoore rather than Homeland‘s Patinkin)?

But, striving to be positive, let’s note that a few people had great days that were anything but assured. In the jam-packed best variety talk series category, voters once again found room for Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, who still is recovering from scathing criticism over his use of the n-word on a recent episode; instead of bouncing him to make room for this year’s comeback kid, late-night ratings leader Stephen Colbert of CBS’ The Late Show, voters sent packing Colbert’s chief competitor, Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s The Tonight Show, in what may be a rebuke of Fallon’s playful handling of then-candidate Donald Trump when Trump appeared on his show last September. Room also was made for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, displacing Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee‘s Jerry Seinfeld to become this category’s first-ever female nominee.

Louie C.K. must be celebrating, too, not only because he personally landed two noms for his Netflix special Louis C.K. 2017, but because the stars of two FX shows that he co-created and executive produces, BasketsZach Galifianakis and Better ThingsPamela Adlon, landed lead comedy actor and actress noms, respectively, which few saw coming. Meanwhile, TV Academy favorite Allison Janney, apparently tired of competing — and winning — in the best supporting actress in a comedy series category for CBS’s Mom, listed herself as a lead this season and duly was rewarded with a nom; it’s worth remembering that she made a similar move several years into starring on — and winning supporting Emmys for — The West Wing, and kept right on winning. And Jane Fonda, star of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, must be breathing a sigh of relief: for the show’s third season, she landed her first best actress in a comedy series nom alongside co-star Lily Tomlin, who, awkwardly, had been the show’s sole rep in the category for seasons one and two. Awkwardness also was averted in the best actress in a limited series category, where room was found for HBO’s Big Little LiesNicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and FX’s Feud‘s Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon (if not, oddly, Oprah Winfrey, who was excellent in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which itself received a best TV movie nom).

Finally, how about a hand for some networks that never have had a morning quite like this one? National Geographic landed 10 noms, including best limited series, for its first foray into scripted entertainment, the Albert Einstein portrait Genius. TruTV landed its first nom in any category with a best variety sketch series shout-out for Billy Eichner‘s hilariously outrageous Billy on the Street. And VH1, which had only been nominated 10 times in its entire 32-year history, landed eight noms, including one that is tied for my favorite of the day: Martha and Snoop’s Potlucky Dinner Party‘s Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program (in which RuPaul also is nominated for VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he won last year). My co-favorite? The Oscars (yes, the Envelopegate Oscars from February) has been nominated (for best special class program) by the Emmys!

Quite clearly, there’s no business like show business, and there’s nothing quite like TV in 2017.

 



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Emmys: 'Stranger Things' Barb Actress Scores Surprise Nomination


Shannon Purser, who played the fan-favorite character on the Netflix series’ first season, earned a guest-actress nom.

Perhaps the biggest shock from this year’s Emmy nominations announcement was the outstanding guest actress in a drama series nom for Shannon Purser, the 20-year-old actress who played fan-favorite Barb on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

The nomination is the first for Purser, whose character went viral last summer with the #justiceforbarb hashtag on Twitter. Despite only appearing in four of the series’ eight episodes in season one, Purser’s character resonated with fans for her quirky awkwardness and ultimate fate.

“Wow. I am so incredibly honored. Thank you so much. Congratulations to all the other incredible nominees. @TheEmmys. Special congrats to @DavidKHarbour and @milliebbrown and the Duffer brothers. You’re all incredible artists and I’m so happy for you,” Purser tweeted after learning of her nomination.

Purser was not the only Stranger Things alum to be noticed by the TV Academy, as the show, in its first year of eligibility, earned 18 nominations.

Joining Purser for acting nominations were stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown, for best supporting actor and actress in a drama series, respectively. 

The show itself scored a nomination for best drama series and will compete against AMC’s Better Call Saul,
 Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This Is US, HBO’s Westworld and fellow Netflix series House of Cards and The Crown.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Westworld led the tally for the most nominations 
(22) in all categories, followed by Stranger Things and FX’s Feud: Bette and 
Joan (18) and HBO’s Veep (17).

Leading the nominations in totals by platform 
were HBO (110), Netflix (91) and NBC (60).



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Emmy Snubs: Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Lena Dunham Not Nominated in Major Categories


Also, no series nominations were received by ‘The Americans,’ ‘Transparent’ or CBS All Access’ ‘The Good Wife’ spinoff, ‘The Good Fight.’

While a number of TV industry figures learned the exciting news that their work is up for Primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday morning, several high-profile, eligible shows were left out.

Series not nominated for Emmys in major categories this year include The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Insecure, The Good Fight, The Big Bang Theory, Mr. Robot and The Young Pope.

Also not receiving nominations in major categories for their final seasons were Girls (although it did receive a few nominations in the guest-acting categories), Bloodline (but last year’s supporting actor drama winner Ben Mendelsohn scored a guest actor in a drama series nomination for his brief role in the Netflix series’ third season) and The Leftovers.

While stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were nominated for best drama actress and actor awards, respectively, for their roles in The Americans, the series was not nominated in the best drama category. Similarly, star Jeffrey Tambor was nominated, but Transparent was left out of the best comedy series category.

In terms of individual snubs, Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek and Goliath‘s Billy Bob Thornton were both left out of the drama actors category. Insecure‘s Issa Rae and Girls‘ Lena Dunham were not included in the best comedy actress category. Homeland‘s Claire Danes did not get a nom for best actress in a drama. Better Call Saul‘s Michael McKean was left out of the drama supporting actor category. While The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks did get a nomination for best TV movie, star Oprah Winfrey did not earn an individual nomination for her acting.

While This Is Us received multiple nominations, star Mandy Moore was not one of the castmembers singled out for her performance. And Bojack Horseman being left out of the animated series category also raised eyebrows.

Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox received nominations for the show’s fourth season, but Samira Wiley, who was nominated for her performance in The Handmaid’s Tale was not nominated for her role in the Netflix series, which also didn’t receive a series nomination.

Although Veep received two supporting actor in a comedy nominations, and many nominations in other categories, Timothy Simons was not nominated for his portrayal of Jonah Ryan.

On the surprises front, perhaps the biggest shock was a nomination for Stranger Things‘ Shannon Purser (Barb).

The 69th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, is set to air live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS on Sept. 17, 2017.

Note: To be eligible for an Emmy, the program had to be released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.



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Emmys by the Numbers: Nominations by Series, Network, Studio


HBO continued to lead the pack (even without ‘Game of Thrones’) as ‘Westworld’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ were the most-nominated programs.

With Game of Thrones ineligible for this year’s Emmys, there was a tie for the most-nominated show among Thursday’s Emmy nominations — and one of them was from HBO, too.

Freshman Westworld and Saturday Night Live led the pack with 22 noms each, with NBC’s variety show growing its record haul to a total of 231 following a season packed with election sketches. Rounding out the top three are FX anthology Feud: Bette and Joan and Netflix’s 1980s sci-fi drama Stranger Things with 18 apiece and last year’s outstanding comedy winner Veep coming in third with 17 nominations.

On the network side, even without Game of Thrones, HBO still led the field — and grew its sum from last year’s 94 to 110 on the backs of Westworld, Veep, Big Little Lies, The Night Of, Silicon Valley and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, among others. Netflix went from third a year ago to second, jumping from 56 to 91 due in part to the watercooler hit Stranger Things. Thanks to freshman breakout This Is Us, NBC rocketed from fourth a year ago to third, growing from 41 to 60 this season. And FX Networks, which was down only two, fell to fourth with 54. (Here’s last year’s list for reference.)

Nominations by network (three or more)

HBO 111
Netflix 91
NBC 64
FX Networks 55
ABC 33
CBS 29
Fox 21
Hulu 18
Amazon 16
National Geographic 15
Showtime 15
AMC 13
PBS 11
A&E 10
BBC America 10
TBS 9
VH1 8
CNN 7
ESPN 7
Lifetime 6
Comedy Central 5
Disney Channel 5

Nominations by program (five or more)

Saturday Night Live  22
Westworld  22
Feud: Bette and Joan  18
Stranger Things  18
Veep  17
Big Little Lies 16
Fargo  16
The Crown  13
The Handmaid’s Tale  13
The Night Of  13
This Is Us  11
Genius  10
Planet Earth II  10
Silicon Valley  10
Better Call Saul  9
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver  8
Master of None  8
The Voice  8
13th  8
Dancing With the Stars  7
Hairspray Live  7
RuPaul’s Drag Race  7
Transparent  7
Atlanta  6
Born This Way  6
House of Cards  6
O.J.: Made in America  6
The Oscars  6
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show  6
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown  5
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years  5
Project Runway  5
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  5

Nominations by studio

HBO 111
Netflix 91
20th Century Fox/Fox 21 TV Studios 63
Warner Bros. Television/Warner Horizon Television 48
Universal Television 47
Sony Pictures Television 35
MGM Television 44
FX Productions 30
Broadway Video 29
BBC 19
ABC Studios 17
Amazon Studios 15
CBS Television Studios 12
AMC Studios 3
Paramount Television 2

The 69th annual Primetime Emmys are set to air on CBS on Sunday, Sept. 18, again from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  

 



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Saudi Arabia uncovers Daesh-linked terror network; 17 arrested



Saudi Arabia’s security forces uncovered an Daesh-linked terrorist network that was involved in past attacks in the kingdom and was planning future attacks against civilians, security personnel and government sites, the Saudi Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The terror network was comprised of three cells.

Seventeen suspects, among them one Saudi woman, were arrested in the months-long operation.

Eleven are Saudi citizens, in addition to three Yemenis, two Egyptians and one Palestinian, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al Turki said in a press conference.

Al Turki said the network was involved in preparing suicide vests and improvised explosives, and providing logistics, cover, funding, arms and transportation for terrorist operations inside the kingdom.

The network also communicated “with leaders abroad in all their activities,” he said.

The official said the terrorist network was also involved in harbouring two attackers involved in a bombing and shooting in the eastern al-Ahsa governorate against the Imam Reda Mosque.

That attack in January killed two security officers and a civilian, as well as a suicide bomber.

He said the group was also involved in a car bombing against a security officer in the capital, Riyadh, in February, a bombing against a security checkpoint in Riyadh in July 2015, and a failed attempt to bomb an oil pipeline in the governorate of al-Dawadmi.



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Saudi Airlines hijacking at Manila Airport a 'false alarm'



Update: Saudi Arabian Airlines has confirmed the hijacking of flight SV872 was a ‘false alarm’, with the incident now resolved.

The Saudi national airline posted the confirmation on its official Twitter account.

The aircraft, with reportedly 300 passengers on board, was flying into Manila from Jeddah.

Following the alarm raised by the pilot, the aircraft was isolated.

According to reports, the pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight accidentally pressed an emergency alarm, creating a hijack scare and triggering a major security response at Manila airport on Tuesday.

Police and security personnel surrounded the Saudia flight from Jeddah after it landed on Tuesday afternoon following a report to the control tower that the plane was ‘under threat’, a Philippine aviation authority spokesman told AFP.

Passengers were forced to remain on the plane for about two hours, but were let off about 5pm (0900 GMT) after it was confirmed there was no threat.

“Situation is normal. It was alleged that the pilot pressed the emergency light of the aircraft unintentionally,” Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told reporters.

Manila airport spokesman Connie Bungag earlier released a statement saying the control tower received advice that the plane was ‘under threat’ as it was 32 kilometres (20 miles) from landing.

She said authorities had implemented standard security operating procedures.

Saudi Airlines plane isolated at Manila Airport, reportedly ‘under threat’

Earlier story: A Saudi Airlines aircraft has been isolated at Manila Airport with the pilot reporting the plane was ‘under threat’.

The Philippine Civil Aviation Chief has confirmed a Saudi Airlines plane has been isolated, with no further reasons that are still unclear.

The Control Tower has reported the pilot advised the airport the plan was ‘under threat’.



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