The nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards are out . . . and “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld”are tied for the most, with 22 apiece.
The Netflix sensation “Stranger Things” is next. It has 18, along with the FX limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan”. HBO’s “Veep” follows with 17.
Not surprisingly, HBO leads all networks with 110 nominations.
Netflix has been surging in recent years, and now it’s a close second with 91. NBC is next with 60, followed by FX (54), ABC (34), CBS (29), Fox (21), Hulu (18), Amazon (16), and Showtime (15).
“Saturday Night Live” extended its existing record for most nominations of ALL-TIME, with 231. That record won’t be broken any time soon. “ER” is next with 124.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS got yet ANOTHER nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. It’s the 23rd nomination of her career. If she wins, she’ll tie with Cloris Leachman for most Emmy wins by a performer with eight, AND she’d set a new record for most Emmys won for the same role in the same series.
At the moment, she’s tied with Candice Bergen from “Murphy Brown” and Don Knotts from “The Andy Griffith Show”. They’ve all won five for the same role.
As for the biggest SURPRISE nomination, we finally have JUSTICE FOR BARB!!! Shannon Purser became a breakout star for her role as Barb on “Stranger Things”, and she’s nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Also, Carrie Fisher got a posthumous nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the British show “Catastrophe”. And the HBO documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” also got a couple nominations in the technical categories.
“Game of Thrones” scored 23 nominations last year, and won 12 awards, but it didn’t get nominated for ANYTHING this year, because it didn’t air during the period of eligibility, between June of last year, and this past May. Season Six was part of last year’s awards, and Season Seven premieres on Sunday.
CBS will air “The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards” live on September 17th. STEPHEN COLBERT is hosting.