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There’s no historic preference for late Emmy nominees, but Bourdain seems primed to take one final win for CNN’s Parts Unknown. That means Leah Remini (last year’s winner), Neil deGrasse Tyson, Shane Smith and David Letterman should all plan to sit politely in their seats.
Actor, Drama Series
Vote splitting can put a major damper on Emmy odds, and this is the only big race where it affects nominees from two different series — Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris for Westworld and Milo Ventimiglia and 2017 winner Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us.
In a first for the category, or any big Emmy race, nearly all the nominees for reality host — RuPaul Charles, Jane Lynch, Tim Gunn (shared with Heidi Klum), Ellen DeGeneres — are openly gay. It’s a complete 180 from reality’s early days of Probst, Bergeron and Seacrest.
Sure, best drama is always the biggest race. But pitting the power of Game of Thrones (22 noms, the most of any series) against incumbent Handmaid’s Tale makes it the most exciting match by far. And don’t discount a curveball sendoff for FX’s The Americans.
A segue into drama proves fruitful for the Arrested Development star, nominated for both lead actor and directing on the Netflix breakout.
President and GM (BBC America)
Steamrolling her deep-pocketed rivals, she has two actresses vying for drama lead in Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve).
Chairman (NBC Entertainment)
The Big Four boss sees love for his latest live musical (Jesus Christ Superstar) and comes up just short of CBS, ABC and Fox’s combined nominations.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Edging out all other freshman series, Maisel and its nominated star boost a rebuilding Amazon with its top nom haul to date.
Sofia Vergara, et al.
Modern Family (ABC)
After eight years of best comedy noms and a total of five wins, Modern Family and its cast finally get shut out. (Save sound mixing.)
This guy cannot get a break. Buzzy drama Counterpart doesn't grab a single big nom, nor does mini Howards End, despite a middling year for limited series.
The tarnished sitcom reboot stood little chance of getting Emmy love. Only TV Academy favorite Laurie Metcalf gets a mention for her trouble.
The Tonight Show (NBC)
Recent ire from Donald Trump doesn’t do any Emmy rehab for Fallon, who’s suddenly become Jay Leno 2.0. (They’re both nominated only for shorts.)
Samantha Bee (TBS)
Not only does her Full Frontal score a top variety spot post-C-word-gate, but the comedian’s clever billing of a Puerto Rico episode as a special helps secure seven total noms.
James Corden (CBS and Apple)
The Late Late Show funnyman has parlayed his hit into a nominated Apple spinoff (Carpool Karaoke) and scripted Snapchat series, growing his tally to seven noms as well.
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC)
The Live! host may have only two mentions for his nightly series, but his latest stint as Oscar emcee helped drive the awards show to a total of eight noms.
Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show host may be outmatched by established rivals John Oliver (HBO) and Stephen Colbert (CBS), but that doesn’t make his variety talk series nom any less of a coup.
This story first appeared in the July 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.