NBC’s variety series “Saturday Night Live,” re- invigorated with its lampooning of President Donald Trump, and HBO’s “Westworld” scored a leading 22 nominations Thursday for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
NBC’s “This is Us” broke an extended drought among broadcast networks by earning a nomination in the outstanding drama series category. It’s the first time a broadcast network program has been nominated in the category since CBS’ “The Good Wife” in 2011.
Also nominated for outstanding drama series were AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Netflix’s “The Crown,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Netflix’s “House of Cards,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.”
HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the winner in the category the past two years, wasn’t eligible to be nominated because its only new episodes aired during the eligibility period were part of the body of work considered for last year’s victory.
HBO’s “Veep,” the winner of the outstanding comedy series Emmy for the past two seasons, was nominated again, while ABC’s “Modern Family” earned its eighth nomination in eight seasons. It was the winner in the category for five consecutive seasons, tying the record set by NBC’s “Frasier” from 1994- 98.
Also nominated for best comedy were FX’s “Atlanta,” ABC’s “black- ish,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
“Saturday Night Live” was nominated for outstanding variety sketch series, along with truTV’s “Billy on the Street,” IFC’s “Documentary Now!,” Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” IFC’s “Portlandia” and HBO’s “Tracey Ullman’s Show.”
“SNL” also earned guest actress nominations for Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, guest actor nominations for Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dave Chappelle, supporting actress nods for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and a supporting-actor nomination for Alec Baldwin — for his celebrated portrayal of Trump.
Baldwin was also nominated for outstanding host of a reality/reality- competition program for his work on “Match Game.”
Nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series went to Keri Russell for “The Americans,” Claire Foy for “The Crown,” Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder” and Evan Rachel Wood for “Westworld.”
Two actors from “This is Us” scored nominations for lead actor in a drama series — Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia. Anthony Hopkins was nominated for his work in “Westworld,” along with Matthew Rhys of “The Americans,” Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul,” Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards” and Liev Schreiber of “Ray Donovan.”
For lead actor in a comedy, nominations went to “Atlanta’s” Donald Glover, Zach Galifianakis of “Baskets,” Anthony Anderson for “black-ish,” Aziz Ansari for “Master of None,” William H. Macy for “Shameless,” and “Transparent’s” Jeffrey Tambor, who has won the award the past two years.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won five consecutive Emmys for outstanding lead actress in a drama, will look to repeat in the outstanding comedy actress category, but she’s facing a tough field that includes both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Also nominated were Pamela Adlon of “Better Things,” Tracee Ellis Ross for “black-ish,” Allison Janney for “Mom” and Ellie Kemper for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Louis-Dreyfus has won nine Emmys in her career — seven as a performer and two as a producer of “Veep.” In addition to her five performance wins for “Veep,” she won an Emmy as lead actress on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and as supporting actress on “Seinfeld.”
Nominations for outstanding limited series went to HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” FX’s “Fargo,” FX’s “FEUD: Bette and Joan,” National Geographic’s “Genius” and HBO’s “The Night Of.” For outstanding television movie, nominations went to Netflix’s “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” NBC’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” PBS’s “Sherlock: The Lying Detective” and HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies.”
Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon were both nominated for outstanding actress in a limited series or movie for their work in “FEUD,” while Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon earned nods in the category for HBO’s “Big Little Liars.” Rounding out the category were Carrie Coon of “Fargo” and Felicity Huffman of ABC’s “American Crime.”
Robert De Niro was nominated as outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for “The Wizard of Lies,” topping a star-studded category that also includes Geoffrey Rush for NatGeo’s “Genius,” Ewan McGregor for “Fargo,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “Sherlock: The Lying Detective” and Riz Ahmed and John Turturro for “The Night Of.”
CBS’s “The Amazing Race” was again nominated for outstanding reality- competition program. The show has been nominated in all 16 years the category has existed. It won each of the first seven years, again in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
NBC’s “The Voice,” which has won the previous two years, was nominated again, along with NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.”
Anna Chlumsky from “Veep” and Shemar Moore, who will star in the new CBS series “S.W.A.T.,” joined Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington in announcing the nominees in the top categories at the Television Academy’s North Hollywood headquarters.
The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017, will be presented Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater with late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert as the host. The ceremony will be televised by CBS.
The bulk of the Primetime Emmys will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sept. 9-10, also at the Microsoft Theater.
—City News Service