‘This is Us,' ‘Handmaid's Tale' and ‘SNL' Among Emmy Nominees

A commercial broadcast network hadn't fielded a best drama series contender, like NBC's "This Is Us," since 2011

The Emmy nominations showcased a mix of the familiar as the announcements were made in Los Angeles Thursday.

"Saturday Night Live" and the sci-fi drama "Westworld" are at the top of the Emmy nominations with 22 bids each.

The long-running "SNL" received a wealth of awards for its cast, hosts and guest stars, including one to Alec Baldwin for his recurring portrayal of President Donald Trump.

The nominees for best drama series are: "Better Call Saul," ''The Crown," ''The Handmaid's Tale," ''House of Cards," ''Stranger Things," ''This Is Us" and "Westworld."

The nominees for best comedy series are: "Atlanta," ''black-ish," ''Masters of None," ''Silicon Valley," ''Modern Family," ''Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Veep."

Other leading nominees announced Thursday include "Feud: Bette and Joan" and "Stranger Things" with 18 nominations; "Veep" with 17 bids, and "Big Little Lies" and "Fargo" with 16 nominations each.

Breakout network drama "This is Us" received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a broadcast network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011.

The nominees for best actor in a drama series include: Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"; Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"; Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"; Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"; Milo Ventimiglia, "This Is Us"; Anthony Hopkins, "Westworld".

The nominees for best actress in a drama series include: Keri Russell, "The Americans"; Claire Foy, "The Crown"; Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Viola Davis, "How to Get Away with Murder"; Evan Rachel Wood, "Westworld".

Breakout network drama "This is Us" received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a broadcast network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011. The last network winner was Fox's "24" in 2006.

The Emmy nominations for the best limited television series have been announced. The nominees are: "Big Little Lies"; "Fargo"; "Feud: Bette and Joan"; "Genius"; "The Night Of".

"Feud," a fictionalized account of the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis that aired on FX, was one of Thursday's top-nominated shows. Jessica Lange, who portrayed Crawford, and Susan Sarandon, who played Davis, were each nominated for best actress in a limited series or movie.

Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon were also nominated in the acting category for HBO's "Big Little Lies." Ewan McGregor was nominated in the best actor category for "Fargo," while Riz Ahmed and John Turturro were nominated for HBO's "The Night Of."

Chance the Rapper, Common, Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J are among the musicians nominated for Emmy Awards this year.

Chance the Rapper, who won three Grammys this year, is nominated for outstanding original music and lyrics for "Last Christmas" from "Saturday Night Live." Common, a Grammy and Oscar winner, is nominated in the same category for "Letter to the Free," a song from Ava DuVernay's documentary "13th."

Snoop Dogg, who has never won a Grammy, shares a nomination with Martha Stewart for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for their VH1 show, "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party." LL Cool J earned a nomination for outstanding structured reality program as a producer of Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle."

HBO's "Game of Thrones," which dominated last year's Emmys with 23 nods and 12 trophies, including its second consecutive best drama award, fell outside the eligibility window for Emmy consideration this year.

"Orphan Black" isn't in the running for the same reason, depriving star Tatiana Maslany of the chance to repeat as best-drama actress.

HBO leads all networks with 110 nominations, followed by Netflix with 91 and NBC with 60.

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

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