Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

How Freshman Series and Performers Fared With 2018 Emmy Nominations

How Freshman Series and Performers Fared With 2018 Emmy Nominations

First-year comedies had the best showing in the comedy series category in nearly two decades, with three nominees, Amazon/Prime Video'sThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, HBO's Barry, and Netflix's GLOW.

The top comedy nominee is Donald Glover's Atlanta, with 16.

Best known as a Tony Award-winning stage actor, Kelli O'Hara, an Elk City native, is nominated for best actress in a short-form comedy or drama series for "The Accidental Wolf", a thriller in which O'Hara plays Katie Bonner, a NY mother and wife who receives a desperate call from a stranger named Zuhair, pleading for her to save him and his pregnant wife.

Netflix's GLOW was nominated for Best Comedy Series while Betty Gilpin, who portrays Debbie on the series, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress In a Comedy.

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The most star-studded category, as is often the case, was best actor in a limited series or TV movie, where Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Legend and Jeff Daniels all picked up nominations.

The last time there were no freshman dramas in the top category was 2009 when sophomore Mad Men won its second straight best series title.

Just five years after the launch of its first original series, "House of Cards", Netflix ended HBO's 17-year streak as the most Emmy-nominated network. The 70th Emmy Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 17. Saturday Night Live and Westworld both grabbed 21 nominations each, while The Handmaid's Tale secured 20 nominations.

Joining Danson with an Emmy nomination of her own is Maya Rudolph for her guest arc on The Good Place as Judge Hydrogen, an impartial inter-dimensional judge who rules on matters involving the Good Place and the Bad Place.

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Although it's up for top series honors, it drew only three supporting acting bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

NBC - anchored by "Saturday Night Live" and "This is Us" - ranked third overall, garnering 78 Emmy bids, followed by the FX network, with 50.

Betty Gilpin was the only performer to score a nom for a first-year series, scoring supporting comedy actress for "GLOW".

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