As usual, HBO dom­i­nates Emmy nom­i­na­tions

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Now that the Emmy nom­i­na­tion dust has set­tled, here’s an overview.

It was once again a bad year for those of you who don’t have HBO, don’t sub­scribe to a dig­i­tal stream­ing ser­vice (what­ever that is), and only watch CBS po­lice pro­ce­du­rals, es­pe­cially the ones star­ring 72-year-old Tom Sel­leck and 65-year-old Mark Har­mon. Sorry.

As has been the trend for a num­ber of years, HBO leads the pack with 110 nom­i­na­tions. Stream­ing ser­vice Net­flix was sec­ond with 91.

What’s this? Third place for the most nom­i­na­tions ac­tu­ally went to one of the five broad­cast net­works. Imag­ine that. NBC earned an im­pres­sive 60 nods.

NBC’s Satur­day Night Live tied HBO’s West­world for the most nom­i­na­tions in all cat­e­gories with 22. They were fol­lowed by Stranger Things (Net­flix) and FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan with 18, and Veep with 17.

Thanks to sketches lam­poon­ing Pres­i­dent Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion, SNL had its high­est rat­ings in 23 years.

Most en­cour­ag­ing is that the best drama cat­e­gory saw new blood with five first-time nom­i­na­tions — The Crown (Net­flix), The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu), Stranger Things (Net­flix), This Is Us (NBC) and West­world (HBO). Also nom­i­nated were House of Cards (Net­flix) and Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC).

Game of Thrones (which amassed 23 nom­i­na­tions last year and was named best drama se­ries for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year) missed the el­i­gi­bil­ity pe­riod this year. It shall re­turn next year.

With 11 nom­i­na­tions, This Is Us broke the hex. This is the first time since 2011 and The Good Wife that a broad­cast drama made the list.

We’ll find out who takes home the cov­eted stat­uette when the 69th An­nual Prime Time Emmy Awards air at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 on CBS with Stephen Col­bert as host. My money is on This Is Us.

Set­ting aside such de­serv­ing cat­e­gories as cos­tumes, chore­og­ra­phy, multi-cam­era pic­ture edit­ing and out­stand­ing hairstyling for a sin­gle­cam­era se­ries, here are the ma­jor cat­e­gories.

Drama: Bet­ter Call Saul (AMC); The Crown (Net­flix); The Hand­maid’s Tale (Hulu); House of Cards (Net­flix); Stranger Things (Net­flix); This Is Us (NBC); West­world (HBO).

Best Ac­tress, Drama: Vi­ola Davis (How to Get Away With Mur­der); Claire Foy (The Crown); Elis­a­beth Moss (The Hand­maid’s Tale); Keri Rus­sell (The Amer­i­cans); Evan Rachel Wood (West­world); Robin Wright (House of Cards).

Best Ac­tor, Drama: Ster­ling K. Brown (This Is Us); An­thony Hop­kins (West­world); Bob Odenkirk (Bet­ter Call Saul); Matthew Rhys (The Amer­i­cans); Liev Schreiber (Ray Dono­van); Kevin Spacey (House of Cards); Milo Ven­timiglia (This Is Us).

Com­edy: Atlanta (FX); black-ish (ABC); Master of None (Net­flix); Mod­ern Fam­ily (ABC); Sil­i­con Val­ley (HBO); Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt (Net­flix); Veep (HBO).

Best Ac­tress, Com­edy: Pamela Ad­lon (Bet­ter Things); Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie); Al­li­son Jan­ney (Mom); Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (Veep); El­lie Kem­per (Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt); Tracee El­lis Ross (black-ish); Lily Tom­lin (Grace and Frankie).

Best Ac­tor, Com­edy: An­thony An­der­son (black-ish); Aziz An­sari (Master of None); Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, (Bas­kets); Don­ald Glover (Atlanta); Wil­liam H. Macy (Shame­less); Jef­frey Tam­bor (Trans­par­ent).

Lim­ited Se­ries: Big Lit­tle Lies (HBO); Fargo (FX); Feud: Bette and Joan (FX); Ge­nius (Na­tional Geo­graphic); The Night Of (HBO).

Lim­ited Se­ries Best Ac­tress: Car­rie Coon (Fargo); Felic­ity Huff­man (Amer­i­can Crime); Jessica Lange (Feud: Bette and Joan); Ni­cole Kid­man (Big Lit­tle Lies); Su­san Saran­don (Feud: Bette and Joan); Reese Witherspoon (Big Lit­tle Lies).

Lim­ited Se­ries Best Ac­tor: Riz Ahmed (The Night Of); Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch (Sher­lock: The Ly­ing De­tec­tive); Robert De Niro (The Wiz­ard of Lies); Ewan McGre­gor (Fargo); Ge­of­frey Rush (Ge­nius); John Tur­turro (The Night Of).

Af­ter last year’s Em­mys, I got an email from an older viewer who con­fessed he’d only seen a hand­ful of the win­ners and NCIS was his fa­vorite show and Har­mon his fa­vorite ac­tor.

Af­ter 14 sea­sons on the air, NCIS will just have to be con­tent with be­ing TV’s No. 1-rated drama. Har­mon? He’ll have to lament his lack of an Emmy while he’s at the bank de­posit­ing his $20 mil­lion an­nual salary.

Foodie news. The Lit­tle Rock-based crew from the The South­ern Frenchie food truck is one of seven teams com­pet­ing in the Food Net­work’s Sea­son 8 of The Great Food Truck Race set to de­but at 8 p.m. Aug. 20.

On board The South­ern Frenchie is noted chef Don­nie Ferneau, his wife, Meaghan, and sous chef Amanda Ivy. The team will race from New Orleans to Savannah, Ga., for a $50,000 grand prize.

Mandy Moore and Milo Ven­timiglia share a ten­der mo­ment as Re­becca and Jack Pear­son on NBC’s This Is Us, nom­i­nated for 11 Emmy awards.

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