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Emmy noms 2017: What they got right ('The Handmaid's Tale') and who they snubbed ('Insecure')

Anthony Hopkins in Westworld.

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Anthony Hopkins in Westworld.

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July

Are you sick of reading about television yet? We sure aren't.

The summer months mean a bit of a lull in new series, a gluttony of cheesy game shows and the arrival of Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and Anna Chlumsky (Veep) announced the winners this morning. Moore will be coming back to the small screen in CBS's S.W.A.T. Team this fall, thank heavens, but it was cute watching him get giddy with Chlumsky, who was nominated for the fifth consecutive time for Veep.

The top Emmy contenders include Saturday Night Live and Westworld, with 22 nods each. Not surprising, but we can definitely hear more than a few TV critics groaning. Hey, at least Game of Thrones gave up its top spot this year. Don't count out next year, though. WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING.

It's easy to forget about Stranger Things, because it had just come out right before last year's Emmys. Thankfully, the show and a couple of its stars got nods. Here we are, not-so-patiently waiting for the second season in October.

Review: Stranger Things is a thrilling od to '80s sci-fi

The list of nominations this year aren't too surprising, as Emmy voters like to stay safe and predictable. Modern Family is, of course, nominated for the millionth time. But there are some surprising and sad snubs. Starz's American Gods and FX's Legion were two of the most beautiful, cinematic series we've ever seen on the small screen.

One thing TV has figured out better than the movies: Diversity. While it's not perfect, this year was the most diverse Emmy list ever. Twenty five people of color were nominated for acting awards, and that's up from last year's record-breaking 22.

There are more opinions where that came from and your obsessive TV watchers are here to give their takes this year's nominees.

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air Sept. 17 on CBS. A full list of this year's nominees can be found at emmys.com.

Drama

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid's Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Brittany: Okay, let's just get this out of the way. My two favorites, Outlander and Orphan Black were not in the running this year. (They didn't air in time for Emmy consideration.) Sad. However, this is a well-rounded list of fan favorites, a great network show, and prestige TV. The Americans couldn't make the cut this year, though? Sure, guys.

Chelsea: It's a solid lineup. Also sad: Game of Thrones. It pushed its newest season waaayyy back into the heat of the summer (it doesn't premiere until this weekend). The HBO epic fantasy series has already received 38 (!) Primetime Emmys, so it's fine to take a year off. And I've never been so moved by a TV show as with The Handmaid's Tale. It more than deserves an Emmy.

Review: The Handmaid's Tale poignantly adapts Margaret Atwood's story

Review: The Underwoods bring the political terror in House of Cards Season 5

Comedy

Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep

Brittany: The only show that's missing is Girls. Lena Dunham gave us brilliant final season. However, you know how I feel about Atlanta. (Best TV of 2016) Plus, it's the only newbie on this list.

Chelsea: YES. Master of None and Veep and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Atlanta's nod is more than deserved. But I doubt I'm the only one saying this, I'm sick of Modern Family. Yes, it's a great show and it's funny, but there are plenty of other new comedies to recognize. Don't @ me.

Limited Series

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of

Brittany: Fargo had its weakest season, but it's still a helluva lot better than most shows. However, men, step off. This category is really Lies vs. Feud.

Chelsea: AGREED. Fargo and The Night Of, you were both fantastic. But the women of Big Little Lies and Feud made this winter TV season worth tuning in for.

Review: Alpha moms fight dirty in devilishly good Big Little Lies

Review: Scoring Bette and Joan in campalicious Feud

Review: Fargo is back with less splash, more nuance and tension

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

Brittany: Okay, here's where The Americans gets its due. Phew. Both leads are up once again for the statue. But where's my boy, Rami Malek? He won this category last year, much to my delight.

Chelsea: Not many surprises here. Both Kevin Spacey and Anthony Hopkins are generation-spanning actors who already have a boatload of Emmys, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and even Tony Awards under their belts. But I'm very happy to see Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia get noms. They both made me cry numerous times during This Is Us.

Review: The Americans is back for Season 5 and everybody's hungry

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

Chelsea: I'm going to take a wild guess and say this is going to come down to Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright. Both Foy and Wright brought steely, icy performances as Queen Elizabeth and Claire Underwood, respectively. This season of House of Cards was the season of Claire Underwood after all. But it's hard to argue with Moss' gut wrenching performance as Offred/June in The Handmaid's Tale.

Brittany: Speaking of icy performances, Keri Russell, man.

Supporting Actor, Drama

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Brittany: If we award the man who made me cry the hardest, the award straight up goes to Ron Cephas Jones in This Is Us. However, I never expected to fall in love with Winston Churchill through John Lithgow.

Chelsea: I never thought I'd say "I'm going to miss Winston Churchill," like, ever. But I also have a huge crush on Michael Kelly, and I can't even begin to explain why.

Supporting actress, drama

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale

Chelsea: The Handmaid's Tale remains my favorite show of the year so far, so it's hard to argue against Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd. But Thandie Newton was the breakout star of Westworld, one of the best, most mind-boggling shows of last year.

Brittany: I'm not going to unleash my hatred of Westworld quite yet. I'll save that for our predictions later. However, yeah, Thandie can GET IT. Emmy gods answered our prayers and nominated Millie Bobby Brown. I'm ready for another Stranger Things dance party.

Review: Westworld mashes Wild West fantasy with chilling science fiction

Actor, comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Brittany: If there's enough room in my heart for both of my boyfriends, Aziz and Donald, maybe Emmy voters can split the award? Both are creators and leads in their own shows, and wholeheartedly deserve the golden lady, but I'm just gonna throw this out there. Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets is some genius comedic acting. Plus, I can spell his name now without Googling it first. Extremely surprised that I'm not seeing six-time Emmy winner Hank Azaria up there for Brockmire. Sure, it's on IFC, and barely anyone watched it, but SPOILER ALERT, that show will be on my best-of list this year.

Chelsea: What Brittany Said. If Aziz Ansari of Donald Glover don't win I will probably protest and stress-eat pasta.

Review: Donald Glover's Atlanta a distinct, leisurely look at reality of Dirty South rap

Review: IFC sports comedy Brockmire is a funny and foul ball

Actress, comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Brittany: I really wanted to see Issa Rae and her show Insecure nominated. However, I have a soft spot for the ladies of Grace and Frankie. (Trying so hard to spare you a vibrator pun.) But can anyone really take the seventh-consecutive win from Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Everyone else just stay home.

Chelsea: Issa Rae should be on this list. That is all.

Supporting actor, comedy

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Brittany: Louie Anderson, last year's delightful winner, pulled out another great performance as Christine on Baskets' second season. She stood up to her nasty brother, found love in a hopeless place (the Ronald Reagan library), and bought an Arby's! If anyone can beat Trump (Alec Baldwin), it's Louie.

Chelsea: Two words: PEENO NOIR.

Supporting Actress, comedy

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Chelsea: Maybe it's just me, but I feel weird seeing Saturday Night Live on the lists of nominations. Not that it hasn't been there many times before, and Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the two best actors on that show. But I can't help but think there could be other comedic actors deserving of a spot alongside them.

Brittany: Even with Kristin Wiig gone (sniff), the women are still holding up SNL. And they say women aren't funny.

Chelsea: Very true. If it lost Kate McKinnon or Leslie Jones the show would be a yawn.

Actor, limited series or movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert DeNiro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Chelsea: Riz Ahmed and Benedict Cumberbatch are just two of my TV boyfriends and I'm very glad to see them on this list.

Brittany: I honestly couldn't care less about this list. However, the next one...

Review: The Night Of is the dark, gripping crime drama HBO needs

Actress, limited series or movie

Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Brittany: MAN OH MAN. I expected this list, especially dueling co-stars of Feud and Big Little Lies. Props to Regina King who also expected this list, and put herself in Supporting Actress for American Crime. Her chances for a third-consecutive win are much higher.

Chelsea: Glad to see Carrie Coon but thought for sure it was going to be for The Leftovers. This is also a list of some of my favorite women on television. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon were enthralling together. They should just give the award to both of them.

Review: American Crime explores classism and modern day slavery in third season

Supporting Actor, limited series

Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

Chelsea: I still can't get over seeing Alexander Skarsgard naked in True Blood so I'm going to root for Stanley Tucci on this one.

Brittany: While Alfred Molina isn't Stanley Tucci (who is?), he was on screen much more than Stanley was. Glad to see TV's grossest teeth (David Thewlis) get nominated.

Supporting Actress, limited series

Judy Davis, Feud
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Brittany: With Regina throwing her name here, I'm surprised anyone else even tried.

Chelsea: Same, but Laura Dern is superb in literally everything she does.

Brittany: Yeah she'll probably get nominated for the new Twin Peaks next year. That show didn't make the deadline either.

Thoughts on other categories

Brittany: BILLY ON THE STREET IS NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY, YOU GUYS. That's all.

Chelsea: San Junipero (a movie-length episode of Netflix's Black Mirror) got nominated for Outstanding TV Movie and I will riot in the streets if it loses.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

Contact Brittany Volk at bvolk@tampabay.com. Follow @bevolk.

 

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