Despite an ongoing campaign by this fine website to convince the world — Emmy voters in particular — to introduce a glimmer of joy into increasingly apocalyptic days by accepting Jane the Virgin into your hearts, one of television’s most consistently excellent hours was snubbed this bright morning when the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards were announced.
Instead, Emmy voters really committed to shows that even fans report are so bleak you kind of wonder why you’re still watching them (The Handmaid’s Tale); that generally make headlines for making its fans cry (This is Us); and that no one seems to actually like or understand, least of all the people who watch it (Westworld).
But let us see the glass half-full of vodka, for this website’s fine readers have also arrived extremely early to the “The Americans is the best show on TV” party. So early, in fact, that no one had even yet set out the snacks or filled the punch bowl. Chairs were still upside-down on tables. We waited here alone, season after season, for any other guests to show up.
But after years of shouting in your faces, in English and in Russian, about the finest drama of our time, the Emmys heard our cries and said, “Sure, as long as we can save a bunch of spots for Westworld, honestly it’s all the same to us.”
Netflix dethrones HBO
For 18 years, HBO had the most Emmy nominations of any network. No more: Netflix has a stunning 112 nominations, up from 91 last year. HBO, knocked to the number two spot, has 108, down from last year’s 111.
One likely factor, aside from Netflix’s ascendance, is Veep‘s yearlong hiatus during the consistently victorious Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ cancer treatment. As for Netflix, its awards-bait dystopic take on Washington, House of Cards, was also ineligible this year, due to production delays and reshoots following the ouster of alleged sex offender Kevin Spacey.
At least they have Game of Thrones
HBO’s marquee show nabbed the most nominations: 22. Saturday Night Live and Westworld each scored 21; Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale got 20.
A history-making nomination for Sandra Oh
Oh, star of Killing Eve, became the first Asian woman nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. (You may recall Viola Davis became the first black woman to win this category three years ago.) It’s Oh’s first nomination.
The stats on Asian representation in Hollywood are abysmal — even worse in film that on television. Only one Asian actress has ever won an Oscar (Miyoshi Umeki, best supporting actress) and that was over 50 years ago.
Monica Lewinsky is an Emmy nominee
Her anti-bullying PSA, “In Real Life,” is up for outstanding commercial.
Anthony Bourdain could win six posthumous Emmys
Only a month after his death, Bourdain’s CNN series Parts Unknown received six Emmy nominations, including outstanding informational series or special.
Emmy voters don’t seem to mind that Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a — well, you know…
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee earned four nominations, including outstanding variety talk series, where Bee’s the only female host in contention. She’s up against The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and fellow Daily Show alums Stephen Colbert (The Late Show) and John Oliver (Last Week Tonight.)
Donald Glover is nominated for literally everything he does
He is nominated as a director, a writer, and an actor for Atlanta, and as a guest actor for Saturday Night Live (where he was both host and musical guest).
All your major nominees are:
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This is Us
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Outstanding Drama Actress
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Outstanding Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)
So you don’t have to Google “when are the Emmys”
The show, co-hosted by SNL‘s Weekend Update duo Colin Jost and Michael Che, will broadcast live on NBC on Monday, September 17.