THR's Guide to the 2017 Emmys

What to know about this year's show, airing live Sunday on CBS.

Some of the biggest stars in primetime television programming will be honored Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live on CBS. Here's what you need to know about TV's big night.


Before the show, the red carpet will once again welcome nominees, presenters, executives and more. E! will present a countdown to the red carpet from 1:30-3 p.m. as well as live coverage of the carpet from 3-5 p.m. The Hollywood Reporter's Pret-a-Reporter will also be covering all things fashion as the stars hit the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Who to Watch  

Stephen Colbert will be hosting this year’s show (airing live from 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT on CBS), following in the footsteps of fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who emceed the 2016 festivities. Along with hosting, Colbert may take home some gold. The Late Show is nominated for three of the Primetime Emmy Awards set to be handed out Sunday.

Stars from the big and small screens will present at this year's awards show, including Debra Messing of Will and Grace, Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live, Jessica Biel of The Sinner, Anna Faris of Moms, Rashida Jones of Angie Tribeca, Lea Michele of The Mayor and Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley.

Nominees Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon of Big Little Lies, Viola Davis of How to Get Away With Murder and Anthony Anderson of Black-ish also will be among presenters.

In addition, the quartet who won the best guest acting Emmys at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony — Alexis Bledel (best guest actress in a drama series for The Handmaid's Tale), Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy (best guest actor and actress, respectively, in a comedy series for Saturday Night Live hosting duties) and Gerald McRaney (best guest actor in a drama series for This Is Us) — will be presenting. See the full list of presenters here.

What to Watch

For a complete list of Emmy nominees, click here. For updates on winners and news from inside the venue, be sure to visit Sunday night.

With a total of 22 nominations each (including Creative Arts Emmy noms), NBC's Saturday Night Live and HBO's Westworld tied for the most nominations this year, taking over the spot of two-time most nominated series Game of Thrones. HBO's fantasy drama was not nominated for any categories this year because the show did not air during the Emmy eligibility period. To be considered this year, shows must have aired programming between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. Season seven of Game of Thrones premiered July 16.

Following closely behind the top nominees are Netflix's fiction horror series Stranger Things and FX's Feud: Bette and Joan, with 18 nominations each. HBO's political satire Veep picked up 17 nominations.

In Case You Missed It

Last weekend, the Creative Arts Emmys, held at the Microsoft Theater, honored artistic and technical outstanding achievements in an array of behind-the-scenes works of production, including hairstylists and makeup artists. Guest performances in weekly series as well as outstanding work in the animation, reality and documentary were categories that were also honored. A total 80 awards were presented.

Top nominees Saturday Night Live, Westworld and Stranger Things took home the most awards, with five wins each. Following close behind was Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th, along with Samurai Jack and The Night Of, each of which won four awards. To view the full list of winners, click here.

Get Ready for a Weekend Full of Coverage

In addition to the red carpet coverage, THR will report all the news from inside the week's glitzy parties as well as expansive photo galleries. Check out the list complete list of parties here.

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