LOS ANGELES (AP) â âGame of Thronesâ roared back onto the Emmy Award battlefield, topping Thursdayâs nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last yearâs winner, âThe Handmaidâs Tale,â while a streaming platform made history by earning the most bids for the first time.
Netflixâs 112 nominations took away the front-runner title that HBO held since 2001, giving cable and broadcast TV more reason to fear their future in viewers as well as honours.
âGame of Thronesâ helped boost the premium cable serviceâs total and became the most-nominated series of all time, with its 129 nods topping the 124 nominations earned by âERâ.
The short-lived revival of âRoseanne,â cancelled because of star Roseanne Barrâs racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf. Another revival, âWill & Grace,â got Emmy love for nominees Megan Mullally and Molly Shannon but the main stars and series itself were snubbed.
âKilling Eveâ star Sandra Oh made history of her own, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for lead acting honours in a drama series.
Three notable first-time nominees: Issa Rae for âInsecure,â Ricky Martin for âThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Storyâ and John Legend for âJesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.â If Legend wins, heâll join the rarefied club of âEGOTâ performers whoâve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
âSaturday Night Live,â riding high with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods.
The Emmys ceremony airs September 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of âSaturday Night Liveâ as hosts.
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