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Game of Thrones Just Broke Emmy Record Set in 1994

Final season grabs 32 nominations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
This image released by HBO shows Kristofer Hivju, from left, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." "Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory," three major series...   (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

(Newser) – HBO's Game of Thrones earned a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, per the AP. The show's total eclipsed the all-time series record of 27 nods earned by NYPD Blue in 1994. If Game of Thrones successfully defends its best drama series title and claims a fourth trophy, it will join this quartet of most-honored dramas: Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing, and Mad Men. Other highlights:

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led the comedy pack with 20 nods, including for its star and defending champion Rachel Brosnahan. She'll vie with Emmy record-holder Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, who didn't compete in last year's awards because her breast cancer treatment delayed production of the political satire. Louis-Dreyfus, who with Cloris Leachman shares the record for most Emmys won by a performer, eight, has a shot at solo glory if she wins again.
  • Veep received a total nine nominations for its final season, a warm farewell and one that wasn't to be for The Big Bang Theory, the long-running sitcom that failed to capture a best comedy nod or any for its actors.
  • Other top nominees include the nuclear disaster miniseries Chernobyl with 19 nominations and Saturday Night Live, with 18. When They See Us, the miniseries that dramatized the Central Park Five case and its aftermath, received 16 bids.
  • Beyoncé's Homecoming film scored six nominations, including bids for producing, writing, co-directing, and musical direction. In the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category, Homecoming will compete with Springsteen on Broadway.
  • HBO's Leaving Neverland and Netflix's FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened will both compete for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special, while Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly is up for outstanding informational series or special.
  • See a partial list of nominees here.
  • The 71st Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on Fox, with the host yet to be announced.
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