The big-four broadcast network executive's prayer on Tuesday morning: "Thank heavens for 'This Is Us,' 'Saturday Night Live' and 'black-ish'."
In the 2018 Emmy nominations announced Tuesday, the tear-stained NBC family drama, the comedy sketch show, and the ABC sitcom are the last broadcast series standing in a whirlwind of cable and streaming shows that once again dominated the day.
The return of HBO's "Game of Thrones" earned a whopping 22 nods, including best drama. Hot on its heels are a resurgent "Saturday Night Live" on NBC and "Westworld" on HBO with 21 each, and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" with 20.
Here's what else is worth talking about out of the Emmys:
Netflix: Raise your hand if you remember when Netflix was that place that mailed you a DVD? Those days are long gone as the streaming service was the most nominated network or service, with 112 nominations. It broke HBO's streak, which this year was not far behind at 108. (NBC led the broadcast networks with 78 nominations.)
Donald Glover: It's Donald Glover's world, we just live in it. Not only did he turn out what may be the year's most talked-about video, "This Is America," but he also delivered a wonderfully perceptive series, "Atlanta," which chalked up 16 nominations including comedy series; Glover himself received recognition for acting, writing and directing.
Sandra Oh: The actress is definitely putting "Grey's Anatomy" in her rear-view mirror with her compulsively watchable performance as a spy in BBC America's thriller series "Killing Eve." Not only is she strong in it, but the role itself is groundbreaking as Oh is the first Asian-American woman nominated for lead actress in a drama series. Also notable: While the actress is Korean-Canadian, race has nothing to do with the European-set plot.
"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story": When it was announced that the second season of FX's limited-series "American Crime Story" would detail the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, some felt that it could not reach the heights of the first season which dealt with the O.J. Simpson murder trial. But "Versace," which hauled in 18 nominations, was a revelation that featured a powerful performance from Darren Criss as the troubled killer Andrew Cunanan. Criss is nominated for lead actor in a mini-series or movie.
No Julia Louis-Dreyfus this year: For the first time since 2011, the star of "Veep" will not be up in the best comedy actress category. The final season of her show, which is set to resume filming next month, was delayed because she has been battling cancer. One of those going home with the statue this year might be Issa Rae whose "Insecure" sadly was nominated in the comedy series category.
The winners will be announced at the Emmys ceremony which will air on Sept. 17 on NBC.
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