Everything you need to know about the 2018 Emmys

Now that September has arrived, the 2018 Emmys are just around the corner. That means that soon, it will once again be time to honor primetime TV’s best shows and television performers—and maybe mourn the quality programs that get snubbed. Here’s your comprehensive guide to everything Emmys-related.

The 2018 Primetime Emmys will air on September 17th at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Daytime TV had its own separate Emmy Awards in April, hence the “primetime” designation. This year marks the 70th year of the awards show, so it’s sure to be a big one.

But hold on. What are the Emmys, exactly?

The Television Academy notes that the Emmy Awards “recognize excellence within television and emerging media.” This may seem like a broad description, and it is, but it all comes down to the votes from the Television Academy’s 23,000 members, who cast ballots in their “area of expertise.” In other words, a screenwriter probably won’t be voting for Best Actress. Based on the Awards Calendar, TV shows that aired between June 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2018 were eligible for consideration in the 2018 Emmys.

Who host the 2018 Emmys?

This year’s hosts are none other than Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, so we can likely expect plenty of current event-inspired jabs throughout the night.

Who are the 2018 Emmy nominees?

The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced on July 12th. As always, they contained some surprises and some snubs (but we’ll let you decide which are which). Here are some of the nominees:

Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
The Crown
The Americans
Stranger Things

Comedy Series

Atlanta (FX)
Barry (HBO)
Black-ish (ABC)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
GLOW (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Issa Rae (Insecure)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Matt Smith (The Crown)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
Alex Borstein The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

If you have access to a cable account, you can stream the show online at NBC’s website or on the app. We’ll definitely be tuning in on the 17th to cheer for our favorite shows and performers.

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