This year's Emmy nominations played out as expected

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2017

Kate McKinnon, Samira Wiley, Laverne Cox and BD Wong are among the out actors to receive Emmy Award nods as nominations were announced Thursday.

Among networks, HBO again had the highest overall tally, with 111 nods, mostly because of multiple nominations for crime drama "The Night Of" and female-driven murder mystery "Big Little Lies". The year before, Netflix hung out at the bottom of the nominee list, behind Fox, FX, NBC, CBS, and ABC. Although HBO's Westworld and NBC's Saturday Night Live, which tied for 22 total nominations, cemented traditional TV's dominance at the top of the chart, it's becoming increasingly likely streaming services will start to lead the pack. It faces AMC's "Better Call Saul", Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", and a trio of Netflix series, "House of Cards", "The Crown", and "Stranger Things". The company nabbed a record 93 nominations for its original streaming content, almost double what it earned a year ago, and just 17 shy of HBO's eye-popping 110.

It's worth noting that HBO's The Leftovers received only one nomination this year, for Ann Dowd's guest appearance on The Leftovers as cult leader Patti Levine. Broadcast had its best showing in years, thanks mostly to NBC's This Is Us, which scored 11 noms, including best drama series and individual recognition for no fewer than seven of its performers.

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If Netflix wins in the drama category, it will be the first time ever that it gets to take home that much-coveted prize. Millennial hip-hop show "Atlanta", family racial comedy "black-ish", "Modern Family", "Master of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and tech comedy "Silicon Valley" round out the competition. Snapshot: four of the six nominees for Best Actress in a Drama are from streaming shows. Netflix's entry in this latter category is "Black Mirror".

Here's your guide to where to watch each of the year's nominees online so you can brush up on the latest episodes of each series just in time for the 69th Annual Emmys!

In addition to its 13 nods for "The Handmaid's Tale", its first original documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years", earned five nominations, bringing its total to 18. The company is nearly doubling its nomination count every year, but it's also producing a mind-boggling 600 hours of content and spending $6 billion a year to do so.

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