NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and HBO's futuristic western "Westworld" received 22 Emmy nominations apiece on Thursday, but several shows racked up an impressive number of nods too. Here's a breakdown of the series, films and specials that received five or more nominations, according to the Television Academy.
Handmaids, robots, family drama and political satire. With a record number of slots filled by new shows, streaming services and “Saturday Night Live,” the nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards, announced Thursday morning, offered a stunning reflection of television’s increasingly crowded and complicated landscape.
The television academy, long criticized for "cut and paste" lists of repeats, this year cast its collective gaze wide.
Representing two very different sides of the TV spectrum, HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for most recognized show, with 22 nominations each; with 231 nominations since its 1975 debut, "SNL" broke its own record as the most Emmy-nominated show ever.
Carrie Fisher, who was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy but never took the trophy, has a chance to win one posthumously.
Fisher, who died in December, was nominated for guest actress in a comedy for playing Mia on Amazon's "Catastrophe." The character appeared in five episodes of the show's three seasons, with the installment she's nominated for shot just days before she passed away.
"It was about as perfect a send-off to Fisher as you could ask for," The Times' Glenn Whipp noted recently of the role, "particularly the episode’s last scene that found her character waxing poetic on her favorite (fictional) TV show: 'My Children Are Schizophrenic.'"
While you were watching “Better Call Saul,” you weren’t watching “The Handmaid’s Tale.” When you found the time for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” you missed “Master of None.” And as you caught up on Season 5 of “The Americans,” you were deprived of that great John Oliver episode everyone was talking about.
For American TV audiences, falling hopelessly behind has become as common as sharing HBO GO and Netflix passwords. The overwhelming sense of too many choices defines our TV culture, like “The Ed Sullivan Show” did in the ’50s or the rise of cable did in the ’80s.
For members of the Television Academy, the problem of overabundance is no joke. To come up with the nominations list that will be announced Thursday morning, voters were initially faced with a record-breaking 848 programs. Those voting in the performance categories had to choose from 2,382 performers, double the number in 2008, when the Golden Age that sparked Peak TV began.
Winter will not be coming to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. "Game of Thrones" (which amassed a staggering 23 nominations last year) is not eligible to be nominated for any Emmys this year.
The seventh season of "Game of Thrones" will not premiere until July 16, which means HBO's fantasy series has missed the eligibility period to be considered for this year's awards. (To qualify for the 2017 Emmys, a program had to air episodes between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017.)
And, no, the four Season 6 episodes that aired during the aforementioned dates don't count. The television academy has a "hanging episodes" rule. The Season 6 episodes were counted as being released in last year's eligibility period, so no matter how amazing "Battle of the Bastards" was, it cannot be nominated this time.