‘SNL,’ ‘West­world’ lead nom­i­na­tions

69th Prime­time Em­mys to be pre­sented in Septem­ber

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY LYNN EL­BER

“Satur­day Night Live,’’ pow­ered by mad­cap skits skew­er­ing the Trump 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 sci-fi drama “West­world,’’ which also earned 22 bids on Thurs­day, to jointly top the field for the 69th Prime­time Em­mys to be pre­sented in Septem­ber.

Net­flix big-shoul­dered the best drama cat­e­gory with three con­tenders, “The Crown, ‘’House of Cards” and ‘’Stranger Things,” a best-ever to­tal for stream­ing as its plat­forms grow in strength as com­peti­tors to broad­cast and ca­ble.

“Feud: Bette and Joan,’’ about the epic clash of Hol­ly­wood di­vas Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford,” reaped 18 nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing for stars Jes­sica Lange and Su­san Saran­don. Other big-screen stars mak­ing a splash on the small screen were Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon, nom­i­nated for ‘’Big Lit­tle Lies,” which is com­pet­ing with ‘’Feud” for best limited series.

“Veep,’’ the most-nom­i­nated com­edy with 17 bids, has a chance for its third con­sec­u­tive top com­edy tro­phy. Star Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus has 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 “black­ish,’’ and the TV academy noted that the ma­jor­ity of nom­i­nated writ­ers are peo­ple of colour.

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. “Sil­i­con Val­ley’’ and “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt’’ round out the best com­edy ranks.

Sa­man­tha Bee, who broke into the late-night male do­main with “Full Frontal with Sa­man­tha Bee,’’ earned a va­ri­ety talk show nom­i­na­tion for her ef­forts. Her com­peti­tors in­clude Stephen Col­bert, Jimmy Kim­mel, John Oliver, James Cor­den and Bill Ma­her.

The drama field opened up with the ab­sence of HBO’s dom­i­nant “Game of Thrones,’’ which aired out­side the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow for Emmy con­sid­er­a­tion this year. It won 12 Em­mys last year, in­clud­ing its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive best drama award.

New­com­ers were ready to step in, in­clud­ing break­out series “This Is Us.’’ It re­ceived 11 nods, in­clud­ing the first best­drama series for a 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.


She­mar Moore, from left, Tele­vi­sion Academy Chair­man and CEO, Hayma Wash­ing­ton, and Anna Ch­lum­sky at­tend the 69th Emmy Nom­i­na­tions An­nounce­ment at the Tele­vi­sion Academy’s Wolf The­atre at the Sa­ban Me­dia Cen­ter on Thurs­day in the NoHo Arts District in Los An­ge­les. The Em­mys are sched­uled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Col­bert as host.

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