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‘Game of Thrones’ continues its strong Emmy run

July 17, 2016 GMT

“Game of Thrones” isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and FX is quickly becoming the network to watch, according to the folks who pick the Emmy winners.

At Thursday’s nominations ceremony, “Thrones” topped the field with 23 nominations, followed closely by the FX limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” with 22 and “Fargo” with 18.

Even more interesting: FX’s “The Americans” cracked the Best Drama field in its fourth season, getting five total nominations.

Among the individuals to watch: Laurie Metcalf, who scored acting nods for “Getting On,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Horace and Pete,” and Amy Schumer, who has nominations for “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.”

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While “Thrones” and “Veep,” the 2015 winners for Best Drama and Best Comedy, are back in the hunt, several newcomers are nipping at their heels. “Black-ish” and “Master of None” are in the comedy race; “Mr. Robot” and “The Americans” are new to the drama field.

This year, Allison Janney could break the record for most acting wins. She currently has seven Emmys. She’s nominated this year for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” Wins in both categories would put her above Cloris Leachman, who has eight Emmys.

Also aiming for a record: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. She has six Emmys; four of them for performing in “Veep.” If she wins again this year, she’ll tie Candice Bergen and Don Knotts for the most Emmys won by a performer in the same role.

Who got snubbed? Some of the folks from “Downton Abbey,” “American Idol” in the Reality-Competition series category; Christian Slater in “Mr. Robot”; Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife”; the actors in “The Big Bang Theory”; “The Last Man on Earth,” which only got one nod (for actor Will Forte); Lady Gaga for “American Horror Story: Hotel”; “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Who were the surprises? Louie Anderson for playing the mom in “Baskets”; Aziz Ansari and his show “Master of None”; Ellie Kemper and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Silicon Valley” and its strong showing; Tracee Ellis Ross for “black-ish.”

The race to watch: Limited Series. There, the strongest shows (with a herd of other nominations) square off. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Crime,” “The Night Manager,” “Fargo” and “Roots” are in play. In total, the five programs account for 63 nominations. The drama series nominees – seven in all – got 68.

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Oscar winners competing in television’s derby: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Cuba Gooding Jr., Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey and Jon Voight.

Winter is coming: “Game of Thrones” fans will be pleased with the inclusion of Maisie Williams and Kit Harington. “Thrones” has six acting nominees. “Saturday Night Live” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” have six each, too.

By the numbers: If you looked solely at the number of nominations, the programs likely to win are “Game of Thrones,” Best Drama (it has 23 nods); “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Best Limited Series (it has 22); “Veep,” Best Comedy (it has 17); “All the Way,” Best TV Movie (it has eight).

While it’s early to handicap the race (the trophies will be handed out Sept. 18), “Game of Thrones” appears headed for another win and “Fargo,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “The Night Manager” will likely duke it out. “Veep” is vulnerable and Ryan Seacrest could finally win an Emmy for hosting “American Idol.”

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