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AWARDS COVERAGE




The nominees for the 69th Emmy Awards are set to be announced this Thursday, July 13, 2017. This year's crop of television projects are notably stellar, with cable and broadcast television learning how to jump on the prestige television train amidst streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. It's easy to know it's awards season in Los Angeles as almost every single billboard is dedicated to For Your Consideration ads for every title that's made it onto television this year.

All eyes will be on the actress categories, as the potential for Hollywood heavyweights to show up is at its peak. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are getting the biggest bump for HBO's Big Little Lies, expected to do well in multiple categories. Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange are also bubbling for the uber-popular Feud, where the actresses play Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively. If all four are nominated, this could be one of the biggest tour de force categories in years. Plus, Michelle Pfeiffer is expected to get a supporting actress nod for the HBO TV Movie The Wizard of Lies, adding even more star power to the list.

As for programs, Netflix's The Crown is expected to swoop in and take the crown (no pun intended) from Game of Thrones, who's most recent season is not eligible this year. But, NBC's surprise new season hit, This Is Us, could be the year's biggest upset. It will also be interesting seeing how Golden Globes darlings Atlanta and Stranger Things fare. This is the first eligible season for both hit shows.

As we're in the midst of prestige television, look for other critical and commercial favorites to creep in, including The Handmaid's Tale and Westworld.

We could finally be seeing the end of Modern Family's reign in the comedy categories, as its network partner Black-ish all-but steals the limelight.

Shows and performances not expected to make the cut this time are series like The Leftovers, a critical smash that's completed its final run, and Orange is the New Black, a perennial favorite that's lost its luster in favor of newer shows.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards are set to be celebrated on September 17, 2017 from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

BEST DRAMA SERIES

THE AMERICANS (FX)

THE CROWN (Netflix)

THE HANDMAID'S TALE (Hulu)

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

THIS IS US (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SERIES

ATLANTA (FX)

BLACK-ISH (ABC)

MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)

TRANSPARENT (Amazon)

VEEP (HBO)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)

BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)

FARGO (FX)

FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN (FX)

THE NIGHT OF (HBO)

BEST TV MOVIE

BLACK MIRROR: SAN JUNIPERO

CHURCHILL'S SECRET (PBS)

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (HBO)

SHERLOCK: THE LYING DETECTIVE (BBC)

THE WIZARD OF LIES (HBO)


BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Sterling K. Brown
THIS IS US

Rami Malek
MR. ROBOT

Bob Odenkirk
BETTER CALL SAUL

Liev Schreiber
RAY DONOVAN

Kevin Spacey
HOUSE OF CARDS

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Viola Davis
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

Claire Foy
THE CROWN

Elisabeth Moss
THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Keri Russell
THE AMERICANS

Robin Wright
HOUSE OF CARDS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

Jared Harris
THE CROWN

Ron Cephas Jones
THIS IS US

John Lithgow
THE CROWN

Michael McKean
BETTER CALL SAUL

Ben Mendelsohn
BLOODLINE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

Ann Dowd
THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Chrissy Metz
THIS IS US

Mandy Moore
THIS IS US

Thandie Newton
WESTWORLD

Winona Ryder
STRANGER THINGS

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Anthony Anderson
BLACK-ISH

Aziz Ansari
MASTER OF NONE

Donald Glover
ATLANTA

William H. Macy
SHAMELESS

Jeffrey Tambor
TRANSPARENT

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Tracee Ellis Ross
BLACK-ISH

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
VEEP

Ellie Kemper
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Issa Rae
INSECURE

Lily Tomlin
GRACE AND FRANKIE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

Louie Anderson
BASKETS

Alec Baldwin
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Tituss Burgess
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Tony Hale
VEEP

Brian Tyree Henry
ATLANTA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

Anna Chlumsky
VEEP

Gaby Hoffmann
TRANSPARENT

Jane Krakowski
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Andrea Martin
GREAT NEWS

Rita Moreno
ONE DAY AT A TIME

BEST ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Riz Ahmed
THE NIGHT OF

Robert DeNiro
THE WIZARD OF LIES

Ewan McGregor
FARGO

Geoffrey Rush
GENIUS

John Turturro
THE NIGHT OF

BEST ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Carrie Coon
FARGO

Nicole Kidman
BIG LITTLE LIES

Jessica Lange
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

Susan Sarandon
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

Reese Witherspoon
BIG LITTLE LIES

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Hank Azaria
THE WIZARD OF LIES

Martin Freeman
SHERLOCK: THE LYING DETECTIVE

Alfred Molina
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

Alexander Skarsgard
BIG LITTLE LIES

Stanley Tucci
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Judy Davis
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN

Laura Dern
BIG LITTLE LIES

Regina King
AMERICAN CRIME

Sarah Paulson
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE

Michelle Pfeiffer
THE WIZARD OF LIES

BEST VARIETY OR SKETCH SERIES

BILLY ON THE STREET (truTV)

DOCUMENTARY NOW (IFC)

DRUNK HISTORY (Comedy Central)

PORTLANDIA (IFC)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)

BEST VARIETY OR 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 TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON (NBC)

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