The 2017 Emmy Award nominations are out, and HBO is at the front of the pack (yet again) but not thanks to usual heavy hitter "Game of Thrones." This year it's all about "Westworld" and "Big Little Lies." Meanwhile there are plenty of battling co-stars in different categories, which is pretty on brand for FX's "Feud." Both Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange received a nomination for lead actress in a limited series or movie. And Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia are competing against each other for lead actor in a drama series for "This Is Us."


Why the Emmy nomination counts for HBO, NBC, FX and AMC changed

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As we've discussed earlier this week, peak TV makes being an Emmy voter a difficult job. But with this year's crop of nominations, there was also a new wrinkle when it came to total network nominations.

The trouble began just hours after the Emmy nominations field was announced at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. First, NBC released a message indicating that their total number of nominations should be 64 instead of the Television Academy's released number of 60. According to an NBC spokesperson, the discrepancy was the result of the omission of the nominations of two guest actors in a drama series on "This Is Us" in the count for the network and two nominees — "Jay Leno's Garage" and "Behind the Voice" — being misattributed to NBC.com and YouTube instead of the parent network.

A short time later, FX also adjusted its total of nominations, which the network had as 55 instead of the Emmys' total of 54. As if that weren't enough, HBO also weighed in with its own count discrepancy, noting its total should be 111 instead of the 110 initially announced. 

The reason for all of this confusion, other than the fact we all live in an elaborate computer simulation that is slowly beginning to break down? This year, the Academy had not fully combined Internet-created content with the network totals, which has thrown everything a bit haywire.

In an updated academy-provided table that tallied all the network totals from this year's nominations, a small note had been added, which read, "New tallies include online platforms." As a result, AMC also picked up another for its tally, rising from 12 to 13.

On Friday, a TV Academy representative clarified in a statement: "The Television Academy received a request from several networks to aggregate digital platforms with linear network numbers, something that had not been done in the past. The academy agreed, and the new network tallies are the result. Clearly, the array of platforms would like to leverage the Emmys for their benefit."


1:55 p.m., July 14.: This post was updated with a statement from a TV Academy representative.

This post was originally published at 1:53 p.m., July 13.

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