Game of Thrones roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday's nominations with 22 bids but facing a formidable opponent in The Handmaid's Tale, last year's top drama series, the AP reports. The latter series got 20 bids, while HBO's Westworld earned 21. The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmys held a clear sign of how much the ground is shifting under the TV industry: streaming service Netflix captured the most nominations overall, 112, taking away a title that HBO held since 2001 and giving broadcast TV more reason to fear its future in awards and viewers. The Emmys ceremony airs Sept. 17 on NBC with Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live as hosts.
Donald Glover's Atlanta was the top comedy nominee with 16 bids, poised to take advantage of this year's absence of three-time winner Veep. Atlanta will face newcomers including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Glow, and Barry. The revival of Roseanne, canceled because of star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet, drew only one major nomination, a supporting actress nod for Laurie Metcalf. Will & Grace, another revival, got Emmy love for nominees Megan Mullally and Molly Shannon but the main stars and series itself were snubbed. Saturday Night Live, riding high in the ratings with its relentless pillorying of the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nods. (Read more Emmy Awards stories.)