70th Primetime Emmy Awards Preview


Justin Kucharski

Now that the last quarter of 2018 has officially begun, it is once again time for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to reflect on U.S. television’s best with the upcoming 70th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.

Last year’s awards show saw Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” come away as one of the big winners of the night, landing six Emmy wins, including the prestigious Best Drama Series award.

As usual, the Academy takes into consideration any primetime show that aired somewhere between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost are presenting this year’s ceremony.

Leading the way in nominations this year is HBO’s fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” with 22 nominations, followed by HBO’s science-fiction western “Westworld” and NBC’s long-running variety show “Saturday Night Live” with 21 nominations each. A full list of this year’s Emmy Award nominees can be found here.

On Sept. 6, the Academy announced its first wave of celebrities set to present the biggest awards in television. This list consists of huge names in television such as Alec Baldwin, Rachel Brosnahan, Millie Bobby Brown, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Kate McKinnon, Tracy Morgan, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh and Constance Wu. More talent is expected to be announced before the ceremony.

Additionally, the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on Sept. 8 and 9 to celebrate television’s finest on that front as well. Creative Arts Emmy Awards are often handed out to behind-the-scenes members of a production, but also feature awards for animated shows, documentaries, commercials and more. A full list Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners can be found here.

The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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