“Game of Thrones’ ” latest season debuted too late for the show to be eligible for this year’s Emmys. Good news, right? Because if “Thrones” had won a third consecutive drama series Emmy for that disappointing run of episodes, it would have made my face scrunch up in a look of disapproval rivaling anything Maggie Smith ever threw down on “Downton Abbey.”
“Thrones” shouldn’t even be nominated next year, much less win.
But I’ll worry about that when the time comes. Meanwhile, we’ve got a drama series category dominated by first-year shows — “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “This Is Us” — making it one of the most competitive races in years.
With so many nominees in so many categories over 69 years, Emmys statistics can be sliced any number of ways. Here, for those who might need a quick factoid to toss out during a commercial break, are nine that might come in handy.
27: Categories to be recognized during Sunday night's show.
111: Nominations for HBO, the network that got the most.
Many already are calling the 2017 Emmys the Year of the Woman. But Year of the Women might be more like it.
This year’s Emmy nominations, announced July 13, were dominated by “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” — shows that not only highlight strong female performances but also put women’s stories at the center of the action.
The range of these stories — and the women who helped bring them to life — is a reminder that the Golden Age of TV, ushered in by male antiheroes, is increasingly casting a spotlight on the collective female experience.