Are you ready for TV’s biggest night for back pats and gold-plated door stoppers?
This year’s Emmy awards show (Sunday night at 8 p.m. on CBS) will be different. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” aired too late to be nominated. Last year’s big drama winners — “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek and “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany — are also not on the ballot.
“Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a chance to take home her eighth Emmy for acting (her fifth for the HBO comedy), tying the record with Cloris Leachman.
How much will politics play a role?
It’s the first Emmy show since a former reality TV star ascended to the highest office in the land.
Donald Trump never won an Emmy for “Celebrity Apprentice,” a sore point for him. If our Tweeter-in-Chief is true to form, he’ll complain again Sunday night about the injustice and the night’s host, Stephen Colbert.
A look at the prestige races:
Outstanding 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)
Who deserves the Emmy: Despite being based on a 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” seemed eerily prescient. With a daring, dark story and outstanding performances — Alexis Bledel picked up a guest star Emmy at last weekend’s creative Emmys show — it was unmatched and is unforgettable.
Watch out for: The Television Academy will pay attention to the only commercial network offering in this category, the insanely popular, time-trippy family love story “This Is Us.” Can anything stop the “Stranger Things” juggernaut? It was a fun show, but the hype is just too much by now.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Who deserves the Emmy: FX’s “Atlanta,” a comedy unlike anything else on TV, fresh, original, with characters who seemed utterly authentic.
Watch out for: “Veep,” which has claimed the award for the last two seasons and still runs strong. “Master of None” built from its uneven opening episodes to a superior season. “black-ish” aired some of the most provocative commentary on the presidential election. But after its last season, “Modern Family” has no business in this category.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: