SNL gets 22 noms

Com­edy show ties with sci-fi West­world to top the field for the 69th Prime­time Em­mys

The Barrie Examiner - - NATIONAL NEWS - LYNN ELBER

LOS AN­GE­LES — Satur­day

Night Live, pow­ered by mad­cap skits skew­er­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion, earned 22 Emmy Award nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing bids for Alec Bald­win’s florid por­trayal of the pres­i­dent and Melissa McCarthy’s manic, gen­der-bust­ing take on press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer.

The long-run­ning NBC va­ri­ety show tied with HBO’s scifi drama West­world, which also earned 22 bids on Thurs­day, to jointly top the field for the 69th Prime­time Em­mys to be pre­sented in Septem­ber.

Break­out drama This is Us re­ceived 11 nods, in­clud­ing the first best-drama series for a broad­cast net­work show since The Good

Wife in 2011. NBC’s in­tri­cately told story of an ex­tended fam­ily, a hit with view­ers and crit­ics, also earned bids for Ster­ling K. Brown and Milo Ven­timiglia, who are com­pet­ing with each other in the best ac­tor cat­e­gory.

Veep, the most-nom­i­nated com­edy, has a chance for its third con­sec­u­tive best com­edy series and gives star Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead com­edy ac­tress. She has five for Veep and one for New Ad­ven­tures of Old Chris­tine.

Emmy vot­ers showed their will­ing­ness to rec­og­nize new comic voices as well as di­ver­sity. Don­ald Glover’s fresh­man At­lanta earned a best com­edy bid, as did Master of None, star­ring Aziz An­sari, and

black-ish. But there was room for an old favourite, Mod­ern Fam­ily, al­though it earned only a hand­ful of bids be­sides best com­edy, in­clud­ing for Ty Bur­rell in the sup­port­ing ac­tor cat­e­gory.

HBO’s Game of Thrones, which dom­i­nated last year’s Em­mys with 23 nods and 12 tro­phies, in­clud­ing its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive best drama award, fell out­side the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow for Emmy con­sid­er­a­tion this year. Or­phan Black isn’t in the run­ning for the same rea­son, de­priv­ing star Ta­tiana Maslany of the chance to re­peat as best-drama ac­tress.

The Em­mys are sched­uled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Col­bert as host.

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Alec Bald­win’s por­trayal of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump helped Satur­day Night Live earn 22 Emmy nom­i­na­tions. The awards show airs Sept. 17.

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