Australian Handmaid's Tale star Yvonne Strahovski lands Emmy nomination

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Record-breaking fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" made a storming comeback Thursday to Hollywood's awards circuit after a year off, dominating this year's Emmy nominations with a whopping 22 nods.

Last year, FX's "Atlanta" was the lone freshman comedy to break into the series race at the Emmys, while the drama category saw five of its seven nominees be first-timers.

The USA Network legal drama, whose eighth season will premiere later this month, has yet to receive any Emmy nods.

Among the shows nominated include GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Best Comedy, and The Crown and Stranger Things for best Best Drama.

Kelly Jenrette ("The Handmaid's Tale") and Tiffany Haddish (guest host, "Saturday Night Live") received their first Emmy nominations in the guest actress categories for drama and comedy, respectively.

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However, there were a number of others who were nominated for the first time for longer-running shows.

The 2018 Emmy Awards will air Monday, September 17 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations are the culmination of a life's work and the goal of just about every television actor's career. NBC topped the broadcast tally with 78 nominations, fueled by 21 bids for "Saturday Night Live", still on a satiric tear against the Trump administration.

Additionally, John Legend was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Of Movie for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar.

The short-lived revival of "Roseanne", canceled because of star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet in May, drew only one major nomination: a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf. And HBO's "Barry" made a significant mark on the comedy voting, where Donald Glover's "Atlanta" led the way, in a field thrown wide open by the absence of three-time champ "Veep" from this year's list of contenders. "This is the most diverse class of performer nominees we've had - we're nearly up to a third, which is fantastic", Maury McIntyre, TV academy president.

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