Satur­day Night Live, West­world top Emmy list

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Satur­day Night Live, pow­ered by mad­cap skits skew­er­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s 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 spokesman Sean Spicer.

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

Night Live bid came for an episode she hosted. The show’s other nom­i­nees in­clude Leslie Jones, Vanessa Bayer and Kate McKin­non, who has shifted gears from play­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton to U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions. Pol­i­tics has paid off for

Satur­day Night Live with more than Emmy recog­ni­tion. When it be­gan the sea­son with can­di­dates Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton (Baldwin, McKin­non) fac­ing off, the show drew big­ger au­di­ences than at any point since Tina Fey did her Sarah Palin im­per­son­ation in 2008.

Net­flix car­ried the best drama cat­e­gory with three con­tenders, The Crown, House of Cards and Stranger Things.

Feud: Bette and Joan, about the 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.

Robert De Niro earned

a nod for his por­trayal of fraud­ster Bernard Mad­off in the nom­i­nated TV movie The Wiz­ard Of Lies. 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.

Jef­frey Tam­bor has a chance for the same Emmy hat trick: He’s nom­i­nated again as best com­edy ac­tor for Trans­par­ent after tak­ing the tro­phy the past two years.

Emmy vot­ers showed their will­ing­ness to rec­og­nize new comic voices as well as di­ver­sity. Don­ald Glover’s At­lanta earned a best-com­edy bid, as did Mas­ter of None, star­ring its nom­i­nated co-cre­ator, Aziz An­sari, and black-ish. The TV academy noted that the ma­jor­ity of nom­i­nated writ­ers are peo­ple of color.

There was room in for an old fa­vorite, 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 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.

This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz and Ron Cephas Jones were nom­i­nated in sup­port­ing act­ing cat­e­gories.

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

So did the dystopian Hulu 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.

The Em­mys are sched­uled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Col­bert as host. In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Sandy Co­hen and Ni­cole Evatt of The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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This May 5 im­age re­leased by NBC shows Kate McKin­non as Mika Brzezin­ski (left) and Alex Mof­fat as Joe Scar­bor­ough in a sketch from Satur­day Night Live in New York. McKin­non was nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award for out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a com­edy series on Thurs­day.

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