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“Saturday Night Live,” “Westworld” lead Emmy nominations

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

This Sept. 18, 2016 file photo shows the main stage during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. This year's Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
This Sept. 18, 2016 file photo shows the main stage during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. This year's Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Saturday Night Live,” powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin’s florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy’s manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

The long-running NBC variety show tied with HBO’s sci-fi drama “Westworld,” which also earned 22 bids on Thursday, to jointly top the field for the 69th Primetime Emmys to be presented in September.

Netflix big-shouldered the best drama category with three contenders, “The Crown, “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things,” a best-ever total for streaming as its platforms grow in strength as competitors to broadcast and cable.

“Feud: Bette and Joan,” about the epic clash of Hollywood divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford,” reaped 18 nominations, including for stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Other big-screen stars making a splash on the small screen were Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, nominated for “Big Little Lies,” which is competing with “Feud” for best limited series.

“Veep,” the most-nominated comedy with 17 bids, has a chance for its third consecutive top comedy trophy. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead comedy actress: She has five for “Veep” and one for “New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Emmy voters showed their willingness to recognize new comic voices as well as diversity. Donald Glover’s freshman “Atlanta” earned a best comedy bid, as did “Master of None,” starring Aziz Ansari, and “black-ish,” and the TV academy noted that the majority of nominated writers are people of color.

But there was room in for an old favorite, “Modern Family,” although it earned only a handful of bids besides best comedy, including for Ty Burrell in the supporting actor category. “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” round out the best comedy ranks.

Samantha Bee, who broke into the late-night male domain with “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” earned a variety talk show nomination for her efforts. Her competitors include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, James Corden and Bill Maher.

The drama field opened up with the absence of HBO’s dominant “Game of Thrones,” which aired outside the eligibility window for Emmy consideration this year. It won 12 Emmys last year, including its second consecutive best drama award.

Newcomers were ready to step in, including breakout series “This Is Us.” It received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a network show since “The Good Wife” in 2011. NBC’s intricately told story of an extended family, a hit with viewers and critics, also earned bids for Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, who are competing with each other in the best actor category.

“I grew up on network television and the idea that there were three and eventually four places that everyone had in their home, before DVDs, it’s something that everybody could access – not just in terms of literally but also emotionally and comedically,” said “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman. “And I think there is a place for television that is for everybody, art that is for everybody, that also hopefully can live in the conversation with the darker, edgier stuff. I think people are craving that.”

Sci-fi series “Stranger Things” received an impressive 18 bids, including one for star Millie Bobby Brown, while “The Crown,” a lavish peek at the life of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as played by the nominated Claire Foy, received a total of 13 bids.

So did the dystopian Hulu saga “The Handmaid’s Tale,” including a nomination for star Elisabeth Moss. “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” spinoff is also nominated, along with star Bob Odenkirk.

“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honored!” Peter Morgan, creator of “The Crown,” said in a statement. “So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”

He’s not the only visitor to American TV who will be celebrating. Others include Anthony Hopkins for “Westworld,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “Sherlock: The Lying Detective,” Ewan McGregor in “Fargo” and Geoffrey Rush for “Genius.”

Groundbreaking “Girls” didn’t get a best comedy bid for its sixth and final season. But it cleaned up for its guest actors, with nods going to Becky Ann Baker, Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys, with Ahmed and Rhys nominated in drama categories as well, for “The Night Of” and “The Americans,” respectively.

Competing with Brown, Ventimiglia, Hopkins and Odenkirk for best drama acting honors are Rhys of “The Americans,” Liev Schreiber from “Ray Donovan” and Kevin Spacey of “House Of Cards.”

Foy and Moss are joined in the best drama actress category by 2015 winner Viola Davis from “How To Get Away With Murder,” Keri Russell of “The Americans,” Evan Rachel Wood in “Westworld” and Robin Wright from “House Of Cards.”

“Orphan Black” isn’t in the running because it missed the eligibility window, depriving star Tatiana Maslany of the chance to repeat as best drama actress.

The Emmys are scheduled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Colbert as host.

The following is a list of nominees for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

LEAD 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”

LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES/TV 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”

LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE

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”

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”

Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Vanessa Bayer, “Saturday Night Live”

Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Kathryn Han, “Transparent”

Judith Light, “Transparent”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Louie Anderson, “Baskets”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

Matt Walsh, “Veep”

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”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

John Lithgow, “The Crown”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Ron Cephas Jones, “This is Us”

Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Regina King, “American Crime”

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Judy Davis, “Feud”

Jackie Hoffman, “Feud”

Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Alexander Skarsgard.“Big Little Lies”

David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Alfred Molina, “Feud”

Stanley Tucci,“Feud”

Bill Camp, “The Night Of”

Michael Kenneth Williams, “The Night Of”

VARIETY TALK

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

REALITY COMPETITION

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (LOGO)

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

LIMITED SERIES

“Big Little Lies” (HBO)

“Fargo” (FX)

“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

“Genius” (National Geographic)

“The Night Of” (HBO)

TV MOVIE

“Black Mirror” (Netflix)

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)

“Sherlock: The Lying Detective” (PBS)

“Wizard of Lies” (HBO)

COMEDY SERIES

“Atlanta”

“black-ish”

“Master of None”

“Modern Family”

“Silicon Valley”

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

“Veep”

DRAMA SERIES

“Better Call Saul”

“The Crown”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“House of Cards”

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us”

“Westworld”

CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE

Dee Bradley Baker, “American Dad!”

Kevin Kline, “Bob’s Burgers”

Kristen Schaal, “BoJack Horseman”

Mo Collins, “F Is For Family ”

Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy”

Nancy Cartwright, “The Simpsons”

ANIMATED PROGRAM

“Archer”

“Bob’s Burgers”

“Elena and the Secret of Avalor”

“The Simpsons”

“South Park”

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

“Billy on the Street”

“Documentary Now!”

“Drunk History”

“Portlandia”

“Saturday Night Live”

“Tracey Ullman’s Shows”

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

“Antiques Roadshow”

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

“Fixer Upper”

“Lip Sync Battle”

“Shark Tank”

“Who Do You Think You Are”

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

“Born This Way”

“Deadliest Catch”

“Gaycation With Ellen Page”

“Intervention”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”

“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell”

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 & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

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