Take a quick look at the leading nominees, this year’s awards show host, celebrity presenters and more.
It would be a big (not little) lie to say that this has been an uneventful year for TV.
It doesn’t take Sherlock or a genius to look into that house of cards. But then again, stranger things have happened.
Movie stars have made a big impression on the small screen in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan.” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was at the top of its sketch game in the postelection season. Plus a few streaming faves — Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “House of Cards,” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” — got all kinds of buzz.
The best of the best, however, will be determined during 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking place Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and broadcasting live, starting at 8 p.m., on CBS.
It’s shaping up to be an awards show no TV fan should miss. But if you haven’t been following along so far, here’s a quick recap:
1. In the lead. HBO’s “Westerworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” hold the most nominations — 22 each — followed closely Netflix’s “Stranger Things” (18 nominations), FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” (18 nominations) and HBO’s “Veep” (17 nominations). Across all categories, HBO tops off with a whopping 111 nominations while Netflix comes up second with 91 nominations.
2. Host with the most: Expect “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert to let loose with satirical humor and smirk-filled charm during Sunday’s ceremonies. The 53-year-old comedian won multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards for his previous Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report.”
3. All-star presenters. Some of the small screen’s hottest stars are scheduled to present statuettes on Sunday, including Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Edie Falco, Nicole Kidman, Debra Messing, Kumail Nanjiani, Jim Parsons and Oprah Winfrey.
4. In memoriam. There will be a long list of stars and industry professionals honored during this year’s memorial segment, including Jerry Lewis, Dick Gregory, John Heard, George A. Romero, Nelsan Ellis, Glenne Headly, Adam West, Roger Moore and Mary Tyler Moore.
5. Even more coverage. Tune in for a red carpet preshow, hosted by People and Entertainment Weekly, starting at 6 p.m. and streaming live on the People TV app, People.com, EW.com, InStyle.com, Essence.com and Time.com. Get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes moments with “Backstage Live,” streaming during the awards show on Emmys.com and Facebook Live. And wrap up the night with analysis and replays during “IMDB Live After the Emmys,” streaming at 11 p.m. on IMDb.com, Emmys.com, Twitch.tv and Twitter. And, of course, practically every moment will be posted to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram (@TelevisionAcad).