Emmys 2017 Best Dressed Celebs


If you can’t win an Emmy, a spot on E!’s best dressed list is the next best thing.

That might explain why so many stars at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards showed up to the red carpet in jaw-dropping, awe-inducing ensembles. We’re not saying they glammed up for us, but heck, the attention probably doesn’t hurt.

Take Julianne Hough, for instance, who channeled a black-swan-meets-new-bride vibe in a tulle gown by Marchesa and Forevermark jewelry. The way the fabric crisscrosses and intersects creates the illusion of cut-outs, which paired with the delicate floral applique, makes for an utterly romantic visual. It’s a nice departure from the silk and sequins we usually see on the Dancing With the Stars judge.

With a recent engagement, new brand campaign and a hit show under her belt, all eyes were expected on Mandy Moore. Luckily, the This Is Us actress did not disappoint, wearing a strapless, tiered gown down the haute couture runway red carpet. On first look, you can instantly see the quality of design in the dress. The satin bodice perfectly complements the tulle skirt; while, the black and white layers creates a stark-but-rich contrast. Her signature pink pout was literally the cherry on top.

Speaking of high-fashion pay-off, Tracee Ellis Ross, a connoisseur of couture, arrived on the red carpet in a glittery, feather-y Chanel frock. The glamour of the long-sleeve, dual-texture gown was instantly modernized by the Black-ish star’s edgy cornrows. There’s not many who can pull of this look, which is why the actress deserves a place on our best dressed list.

For more best dressed winners, keep scrolling!

The A-line silhouette on Nicole’s deep-red gown was absolutely flattering: Not only does she look tall because of the ankle-length hem, but the full skirt gives the actress shape.


In a sea of black gowns, the How to Get Away with Murder star took a welcomed chance in an orange dress.


We’re calling it! The deep-green hue of Shailene’s Ralph Lauren stunner will be seen all throughout fall. Not only is the dress pleated and velvet (two big trends for the season!), but the leather black straps add just the right amount of edge.


You go, Glen Coco! This may be the sexiest we’ve ever seen the comedian!


The Hollywood veteran looks like she hasn’t aged in over a decade. The hem on her Oscar de la Renta dress is at the perfect length.


The Sinner actress pretty much took top place in the metallic trend category with this dual-shimmer number from Ralph and Russo Couture.


Tracee. in. Chanel. Swoon!


The Oz actress looked fiery-hot in an all-red, one-shoulder dress. The slight ruffle created just the perfect amount of texture to liven up the simple look.



The Black-ish star was one of the few celebs wearing Prada at the Emmys. And the high-fashion choice paid off. The metallic embellishments, plus gold, woven belt, against the flesh-toned tulle made for the perfect combo.


You need real confidence to wear a bold-colored suit on an award show red carpet. Big props to the Broadway star for going for the gold!


The This Is Us star looked like a haute couture model in a black-and-white, strapless, tiered dress, paired with a simple necklace and her signature pink lip.


The fresh-faced Mad Men star is all grown-up, wearing an ethereal gown with sequins straps.

The Stranger Things star absolutely killed it in a strapless, princess dress by Calvin Klein. The bandanna-like belt and sparkly shoes add a youthful touch to the 13-year-old’s ensemble.


The This Is Us star looked dapper in a Valentino suit, Jimmy Choo shoes and a Harry Winston watch. We’re not even mad at the purple socks.


The Handmaid’s Tale star stunned in a red, satin dress with a plunging neckline and high slit. The choker necklace was the perfect accessory to balance out the fierceness of the dress.


The E! News’ The Rundown host came to work (and play!) in a stunning, sheer dress with lace and beaded embellishments placed in all the right places.


The Dancing With the Stars judge looked like a winter garden springing to life in tulle Marchesa gown with baby-pink floral applique and Forevermark diamonds.


This article was originally published by: E! News 

Emmys 2017: The Complete Winners List


TV’s biggest night is all said and done!

Hollywood’s best and brightest from the small screen gathered in Los Angeles for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, but while many great shows and actors have earned nominations, not everyone ended up taking home gold.

Read on below to see all the stars who are walking away with awards.

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale **WINNER**
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy – The Crown
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale **WINNER**
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us **WINNER**
Anthony Hopkins – Westworld 
Bob Odinkirk – Better Call Saul 
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schrieber – Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards 
Milo Ventimiglia- This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie 
Carrie Coon – Fargo
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies **WINNER**
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette and Joan 
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of  **WINNER**
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies 
Ewan McGregor – Fargo
Geoffrey Rush – Genius.
John Turturro –The Night Of

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things 
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie 
Allison Janney – Mom
Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep **WINNER**
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None 
Zach Galifianakis – Baskets
Donald Glover – Atlanta **WINNER**
William H. Macy – Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd –The Handmaid’s Tale **WINNER**
Samira Wiley – The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz – This Is Us 
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
John Lithgow – The Crown **WINNER**
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Michael Kelly – House Of Cards
David Harbour – Stranger Things 
Ron Cephas Jones – This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Regina King- American Crime
Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies 
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies **WINNER**
Judy Davis – Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman – Feud: Bette and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Alexander Skarsgard – 
Big Little Lies **WINNER**
David Thewlis – Fargo
Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci – Feud: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp – The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams – The Night Of

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 
Vanessa Bayer – Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
Kathryn Hahn – Transparent
Judith Light – Transparent 
Anna Chlumsky – Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson – Baskets
Ty Burrell – Modern Family 
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live  **WINNER**
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 
Tony Hale – Veep
Matt Walsh – Veep

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta **WINNER**

Jamie Babbit – Silicon Valley
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley
Morgan Sackett – Veep
David Mandel – Veep
Dale Stern – Veep

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg – The Americans
Gordon Smith – Better Call Saul
Peter Morgan – The Crown
Bruce Miller – The Handmaid’s Tale  **WINNER**
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things
Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan – Westworld

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Stephen Glover – Atlanta
Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe – Master of None **WINNER**
Alec Berg – Silicon Valley
Billy Kimball – Veep
David Mandel – Veep

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
David E. Kelley – Big Little Lies
Charlie Brooker – Black Mirror: San Junipero **WINNER**
Noah Hawley – Fargo
Ryan Murphy – Feud: Bette and Joan
Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zern, Ryan Murphy – Feud: Bette and Joan
Richard Price, Steven Zaillian – The Night Of

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Vince Gilligan – Better Call Saul
Stephen Daldry – The Crown
Reed Morano – The Handmaid’s Tale **WINNER**
Kate Dennis – The Handmaid’s Tale
Lesli Linka Glatter – Homeland
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things
Jonathan Nolan – Westworld

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Amazing Race
American Ninja
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live 

Last Week Tonight **WINNER**
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher

Outstanding Limited Series 
Big Little Lies **WINNER**
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: San Junipero **WINNER**
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallee – Big Little Lies  **WINNER**
Noah Hawley – Fargo
Ryan Murphy – Feud: Bette and Joan
Ron Howard – Genius
James Marsh – The Night Of
Steven Zaillian – The Night Of

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
Derek Waters, Jeremy Konner – Drunk History
Andy Fisher – Jimmy Kimmel Live
Paul Pennolino – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Jim Hoskinson – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live **WINNER**

Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Inside the Actors Studio
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath 
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Outstanding Variety Special
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special **WINNER**
2017 Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Louis C.K. 2017
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust
Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline 
BD Wong – Mr. Robot
Hank Azaria – Ray Donovan
Denis O’Hare – This Is Us
Brian Tyree Henry – This Is Us 
Gerald McRaney – This Is Us **WINNER**

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Wanda Sykes – Black-ish
Carrie Fisher – Catastrophe
Becky Ann Baker – Girls 
Angela Bassett – Master of None
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live 
Melissa McCarthy – Saturday Night Live**WINNER**

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alison Wright – The Americans
Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale**WINNER**
Cicely Tyson – How to Get Away With Murder
Ann Dowd – The Leftovers
Laverne Cox – Orange Is the New Black 
Shannon Purser – Stranger Things

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Billy on the Street
Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live 
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Special Class Program
Hairspray Live!
The Oscars
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show starring Lady Gaga
70th Annual Tony Awards 

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special 
Amanda Knox
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years
A House Divided (Vice Special Report)
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series 
American Masters
Chef’s Table
The Keepers
Planet Earth II 
30 for 30

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
LA 92 
O.J.: Made in America
Oklahoma City (American Experience)
The White Helmets

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Fixer Upper
Lip Sync Battle
Shark Tank 
Who Do You Think You Are? 

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
Gaycation With Ellen Page
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 
Riz Ahmed – Girls
Matthew Rhys – Girls
Dave Chappelle – Saturday Night Live **WINNER**
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Saturday Night Live 
Tom Hanks – Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie – Veep

This article was originally published by: ET

Emmys 2017: Full List of Nominations


The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards were unveiled on Thursday morning.

The honorees were announced at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood by “Veep” actress Anna Chlumsky, “S.W.A.T.” star Shemar Moore, and Television Academy CEO Hayma Washington at 8:30 a.m. PT.

HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for the most nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, earning the most with 22 each.

As Peak TV reaches new heights, it’s only fitting that this year saw a bigger Emmy ballot. Drama series had the largest number of submissions with 180, with best actor in a drama close behind at 140, and best actress in a drama up next at 113.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. PT. on CBS.

Here’s the full nominations list.

Drama Series
“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)

Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Actress
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”)

Drama Actor
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 Actor
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

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

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

Limited Series 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”)

Limited Series Actress
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Reality Competition
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series
“Billy On The Street” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”)
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway)
Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior)
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Bill Camp (“The Night Of”)
Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”)
David Thewlis (“Fargo”)
Stanley Tucci (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Michael K. Williams (“The Night Of”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Judy Davis (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Jamie Babbit (“Silicon Valley”)
Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)
Morgan Sackett (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)
Dale Stern (“Veep”)

Directing for a Drama Series
Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”)
Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”)
Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Kate Dennis (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”)
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)
Ron Howard (“Genius”)
James Marsh (“The Night Of”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

Directing for a Variety Series
Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”)
Andy Fisher (Jimmy Kimmel Live”)
Paul Pennolino (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”)
Jim Hoskinson (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”)

Directing for a Variety Special 
Paul Pennolino (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner”)
Glenn Weiss (“The Oscars”)
Jim Hoskinson (“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?”)
Jerry Foley (“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”)

Directing for a Nonfiction Program
Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens (“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”)
Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”)
Fredi Devas (“Planet Earth II”)
Elizabeth White (“Planet Earth II”)
Ava DuVernay (“13th”)

Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Stephen Glover (“Atlanta”)
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)
Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)
Billy Kimball (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)

Writing for a Drama Series
Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (“The Americans”)
Gordon Smith (“Better Call Saul”)
Peter Morgan (“The Crown”)
Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”)
Charlie Brooker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”)
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam and Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

This article was originally published by: Variety

Emmys: 11 Dramas That Could Take the «Game of Thrones» Crown


With HBO’s best drama series winner not eligible this year, several new and bridesmaid shows could jump in to grab a bit of Emmy glory.

Game of Thrones‘ long-delayed seventh season, which premieres after the May 31 close of the Primetime Emmys eligibility window, leaves a gaping hole — a void left by the show’s dominant 23 nominations and 12 wins last year. Winner of best drama in 2015 and 2016, Thrones has solidified its standing as TV’s reigning series with 106 Emmy noms to date. Voters now have a lot to sift through during its year off, including a surge of new prestige streaming series and a handful of perennial runners-up that could grab the, um, throne.

The Americans


After finally getting Emmy noms for its fourth season, the Cold War drama walked away empty-handed in 2016 (save for a guest win for Margo Martindale). But plenty of dramas don’t crack the race until later in their runs (The Sopranos didn’t win until its fifth season).


Better Call Saul



The Breaking Bad spinoff may never reach the zeitgeist status of its predecessor, but voters have a proven affection for the Bob Odenkirk character study.


The Crown



The royal family drama could buck the trend of the Emmys not following in the Golden Globes’ footsteps. The Crown didn’t just win drama series and lead actress Globes but also topped critics’ lists and has unanimous buzz not duplicated by any other freshman contender (not even NBC breakout This Is Us).


The Good Fight

CBS All Access


Could the streaming sequel get the series nom The Good Wife couldn’t in its last five seasons? It depends on reach. Critics love the show, but it’s unclear how many viewers watched its late-premiering first season — which hasn’t yet been eligible for other awards.


The Handmaid’s Tale



Hulu’s dystopian drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, broke through with its timely theme of a dismantled democracy as well as critical fervor around Elisabeth Moss, who has an unparalleled TV track record (The West Wing, Top of the Lake and Mad Men).





Noah Hawley’s freshman drama is a welcome superhero alternative to the comic book fare on The CW and ABC. Praised for its weird approach to storytelling and trippy visuals, Legion is a niche bet. But Hawley’s name and fans among voters make it a contender.


Mr. Robot


Yes, the second season had many divided, or just scratching their heads. But Mr. Robot proved itself an Emmy force with Rami Malek’s lead actor win in 2016. For that alone, the hacker drama is likely to linger on voters’ minds.

Queen Sugar



Adapted by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, the family drama didn’t make an impression on SAG or Golden Globe voters. But Emmy voting coincides with promos for season two, so things could change.

Stranger Things



The ’80s paranormal thriller was the most-talked-about show last summer, minting pop culture darlings out of its young cast and scoring one promising kudo: the TV drama ensemble prize at the SAG Awards. Voters likely won’t write it off as genre fluff.

This Is Us


A broadcast drama hasn’t been nominated for the series prize since 2011. The tearjerker gained momentum in its first season and passed Empire as broadcast’s No. 1 drama. It’s received modest but steady awards attention, even placing as a finalist for the 2017 Peabody Awards.



The trippy dystopian drama isn’t an unnatural choice for GoT‘s Emmy heir. Both hail from HBO, boast sprawling casts and look like they cost $100 million (they do). Westworld averaged a record 12 million viewers an episode, a best for a first-year HBO show. At the very least, expect it to fill GoT‘s vast creative arts shoes.

How the Other Races Stack Up

Comedy Series 

Unseating Modern Family in 2015 and never looking back, Veep faces its biggest challenge yet: life imitating art. Critics still adore the Beltway farce, but Donald Trump’s complicated presidency has many wondering what place HBO’s all-too-real satire has in the current climate. ABC’s Black-ish continues to gain heat on the broadcast side, while its sibling Modern Family has yet to go a year without a series nom. There’s also lingering love for Netflix’s Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Silicon Valley and Amazon’s Transparent. The biggest threat could be new blood: Donald Glover’s Atlanta (FX) heads into voting on a wave of acclaim and affection.

Variety Talk

Election aftermath could swing the battle among late-night talkers. John Oliver took the top prize last year, the first without The Colbert Report or The Daily Show among the nominees. Stephen Colbert got shut out in his first run replacing David Letterman, but the past year has seen his ratings and relevance surge as he rails nightly at the Trump administration. Jimmy Fallon, in turn, has lost some steam. Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Bill Maher remain in play, as does unexpected 2016 nominee Jerry Seinfeld (for Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee). Samantha Bee’s weekly TBS show was snubbed last year, but praise for late-night’s female outlier grows constantly.

Limited Series

Before Game of Thrones‘ unexpected absence, the limited race was on track to becoming the biggest (and most prestigious) wild card category. This year sees no shortage of A-list options, with previous shoo-in anthologies (FX’s American Horror Story) no longer guaranteed a slot. The fact that Ryan Murphy doesn’t have a follow-up this year to 2016 winner The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story opens things up. HBO’s Big Little Lies and The Night Of, FX’s Fargo and Feud (also Murphy’s), and ABC’s American Crime all top critics’ and prognosticators’ «best of» lists. Also not out of the running: Nat Geo’s Albert Einstein bio series Genius and Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival.

Gone But Not to Be Forgotten

The Leftovers (HBO)

Season one of Damon Lindelof’s dark spin on a Rapture-esque event angered a lot of TV types still stewing over the showrunner’s Lost finale. Leftovers‘ sophomore run had most of them singing a friendlier tune. But the creative resurgence yielded zilch when 2016 noms came out. Now about to wrap its third and final season June 4, the series has one last shot at making its first (and last) Emmy impression.

Girls (HBO)

Lena Dunham’s career-making comedy concluded April 16 after six seasons, 62 episodes and likely a greater number of artistic nude scenes. Emmy love has waned since it got consecutive series nominations for its first two seasons (2012 and 2013), but voter nostalgia and critical acclaim for its final season are enough to put it back in the conversation — and maybe even the acting, directing and writing races.

Bates Motel (A&E)

This moody update of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho ended with a bang (and several lethal knife slices) on April 24. Mainstream acclaim always was out of reach, save for a 2013 Emmy nomi­nation for lead actress Vera Farmiga, though strong praise has followed it from the start. Going full Psycho in season five — hello, Rihanna re­imagining Janet Leigh — might be the trick to finally getting TV Academy love.