Emmy nominations: 'Game of Thrones' leads with 22 nods

Emmy nominations: 'Game of Thrones' leads with 22 nods

The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over past year, edging HBO's 108. That's up more than 20 from 2017, when it scored 91 nominations.

HBO's fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama victor that sat out the last year's awards because of its production schedule.

"Game of Thrones", "Saturday Night Live", "Westworld" and "The Handmaid's Tale" collected the most Emmy Award nominations on Thursday morning.

Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival didn't make the cut - producing bellyaching from its critical admirers - and while TNT's "The Alienist" and National Geographic Channel's second installment of "Genius", about Pablo Picasso, look like long shots against those heavyweights, they reflect the rising ambition exhibited by other networks in their bid to make a mark with scripted programming. Saturday Night Live's longest now employed actor garnered his first Emmy nomination since joining the series in 2003.

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Meghan and Harry later visited Trinity College, where they saw the Book of Kells - one of Irelands greatest treasures. It was definitely a departure from the dresses and skirts she has worn since she joined the royal family .

Out of the 91 nominations a year ago, HBO won 29 statues overall (10 in Primetime categories, 19 in Creative Arts), while Netflix won 20 (four in Primetime, 16 in Creative Arts). What's more important for HBO than its overall tally is that Barry had a great freshman year, Westworld didn't lose any steam with Emmy voters (despite some ratings falloff), its TV movies still got Emmy mentions, and John Oliver remains a force in the talk/variety category.

The Handmaid's Tale star Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam star Ryan Eggold were on hand to announce the nominations to the world on July 12 from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center. Those nominations won't convince Julia Roberts to do a show for BBC America, but it does send a clear message to series creators and actors that the network can break through the clutter of Peak TV.

Perhaps one of the most head-turning nominations is the one for Rick and Morty's Season 3 episode of "Pickle Rick". He was previously nominated for his performance at the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.

The Emmy Awards will be presented September 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of "Saturday Night Live" as hosts. NBC will broadcast the ceremony.

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