Emmy Awards 2017: Kevin Spacey and more react to nominations


The awards will be presented September 17 on CBS. Real Time with Bill Maher scored a nomination for outstanding variety talk series, where it faces some formidable competition from karaoke king James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, and a trio of Daily Show alumni: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. How else can one explain the egregious snubs of FX's The Americans and Amazon's Transparent in favor of two exhausted shows, the aforementioned House of Cards and ABC's Modern Family, in the drama and comedy series categories, respectively, as well as nearly across-the-board neglect of the acclaimed final season of HBO's The Leftovers and Insecure, FX's Legion and Starz's American Gods? They are joined by Anthony Hopkins of "Westworld", Bob Odenkirk of "Better Call Saul", Matthew Rhys of "The Americans", Liev Schreiber of "Ray Donovan" and Kevin Spacey of "House of Cards". Fans were especially shocked that Lauren Graham didn't earn a nod, as many felt she was overlooked at the annual ceremony during the original series' seven-year run.

Chrissy Metz, Milo Ventimiglia, Reese Witherspoon and Keri Russell all picked up acting nominations. Overlooked was Orlando actress Mandy Moore, who holds the show together as Rebecca. Netflix placed second with 91. NBC's 60 nominations was third followed by FX Networks' 54 nods. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead comedy actress: She has five for "Veep" and one for "The New Adventures of Old Christine".

The academy also displayed its longstanding preference for veteran stars, among them Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, both nominees for Netflix's so-so "Grace and Frankie".

Up for best comedy actor are Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"), Aziz Ansari ("Master of None"), Zach Galifianakis ("Baskets"), Donald Glover ("Atlanta"), William H. Macy ("Shameless") and Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent").

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HBO's "Veep", the victor of the outstanding comedy series Emmy for the past two seasons, was nominated again, while ABC's "Modern Family" earned its eighth nomination in eight seasons. Its star and executive producer, Elisabeth Moss, was still surprised the show received 13 nominations though, which is a pretty huge windfall.

NBC's "The Voice", which has won the previous two years, was nominated again, along with NBC's "American Ninja Warrior", Lifetime's "Project Runway", VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" and Bravo's "Top Chef".

"When we started on this journey, we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide", said "Big Little Lies" star Nicole Kidman, who was among four actresses on the limited series to get Emmy nominations.

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