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.