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.
Samira Wiley, familiar to "Orange Is the New Black" fans as Poussey Washington, earned an Emmy nomination Thursday for playing Moira in "The Handmaid's Tale," the Hulu series that scored 13 nominations. Wiley's competition in the supporting actress drama category includes not only her "Orange" costar Uzo Aduba but also her "Handmaid's" castmate Ann Dowd, who portrays the sadistic Aunt Lydia.
I hear you’re at a photo shoot?
Oh my god. I’m so excited. Yes, I’m in the makeup chair getting my eyebrows done. I’m pushing the phone from left ear to right ear. I got a phone call from my agent and publicist on the way to the photo shoot.
Oprah Winfrey watched the first episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And part of the second. But she stopped there, unable to continue watching the grim events depicted in Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s cautionary novel depicting a future in which women are subjugated, controlled and, in some cases, ceremonially raped.
"It's just so dark,” Winfrey says. “It's almost too much to witness. It shakes you to the core. I’ll get there. … It’s an amazing show. But it’s going to take some time.”
We know that Emmy voters have too much to watch. But one of the key things Thursday’s nominations announcement will reveal is which programs Television Academy members chose to check out and which they willfully ignored. If you can’t watch everything — and you can’t, believe me, I’ve tried — then what falls to the wayside? Awful, plodding shows, sure. (If you made it past Episode 3 of Netflix’s “Gypsy,” to cite a recent example, you deserve a cookie.) But also challenging fare like “The Handmaid’s Tale” — programs that make you uncomfortable, programs that make you think.
"Game of Thrones” is taking an Emmy break. Nothing personal, television academy. HBO’s three-time drama winner just needed some time alone, to think, to brood, to devise new ways to brutally dismember and disembowel characters. You know, the usual stuff when relationships have gone on for a few years.
Because the new season of “Thrones” comes after this year’s Emmy eligibility deadline, we’re going to have a new drama series winner. And since the series had a way of vacuuming up acting nominations in the supporting categories, it also means we’re going to have a bunch of fresh nominees replacing the likes of Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Masie Williams.
That turnover adds an extra level of intrigue to this year’s Emmy nominations, which is a good thing because I’ve run out of ways to describe how amazing Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in “Veep.” (Yes, she’s going to be nominated again.)