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“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 shoul­dered into the best drama cat­e­gory with three con­tenders, “The Crown, “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things,” a best-ever to­tal for stream­ing as the plat­form grows in strength as a com­peti­tor to broad­cast and ca­ble.

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 best-drama 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.

Sci-fi series “Stranger Things” re­ceived an im­pres­sive 18 bids, in­clud­ing one for star Mil­lie Bobby Brown, while “The Crown,” a lav­ish peek at the life of Bri­tain’s Queen Eliz­a­beth as played by the nom­i­nated Claire Foy, re­ceived a to­tal of 13 bids.

So did the dystopian saga “The Hand­maid’s Tale,” in­clud­ing a nom­i­na­tion for star Elis­a­beth Moss. “Bet­ter Call Saul,” the “Break­ing Bad” spinoff is also nom­i­nated, along with star Bob Odenkirk.

“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, hon­oured!” Peter Mor­gan, cre­ator of “The Crown,” said in a state­ment. “So de­lighted for every­one in­volved. A proper fat cigar mo­ment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turn­ing cart­wheels.”

He’s not the only vis­i­tor to Amer­i­can TV who will be cel­e­brat­ing. Oth­ers in­clude An­thony Hop­kins for “West­world,” Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch for “Sher­lock: The Ly­ing De­tec­tive,” Ewan McGre­gor in “Fargo” and Ge­of­frey Rush for “Ge­nius.”

“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 com-

edy 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 in 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.

Com­pet­ing with Brown, Ven­timiglia, Hop­kins and Odenkirk for best drama act­ing hon­ours are Matthew Rhys of “The Amer­i­cans,” Liev Schreiber from “Ray Dono­van” and Kevin Spacey of “House Of Cards.”

Foy and Moss are joined in the best drama ac­tress cat­e­gory by 2015 win­ner Vi­ola Davis from “How To Get Away With Mur­der,” Keri Rus­sell of “The Amer­i­cans,” Evan Rachel Wood in “West­world” and Robin Wright from “House Of Cards.”

“Or­phan Black” isn’t in the run­ning be­cause it missed the el­i­gi­bil­ity win­dow, de­priv­ing star Ta­tiana Maslany of the chance to re­peat as best-drama ac­tress.


Evan Rachel Wood, James Mars­den and An­thony Hop­kins in “West­world,” The show earned 22 Emmy nom­i­na­tions.


Alec Baldwin was nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tor in a com­edy series on Thurs­day.


Reese Wither­spoon in “Big Lit­tle Lies.” The pro­gram was nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing limited series.


Ge­of­frey Rush por­trays Al­bert Ein­stein in the Na­tional Geo­graphic minis­eries, "Ge­nius." Rush was nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award.


John Tur­turro, left, and Riz Ahmed in “The Night Of,” nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing limited series.


Mil­lie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things,” which was nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing drama series.

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