HBO's fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" led the field for television's prestigious Primetime Emmy awards on Thursday, with a whopping 22 nominations, including one for best drama series.
Paced by Game Of Thrones - back in Emmy contention with 22 nominations, most of any program - HBO was close second with 108 nominations, just off from last year's 111.
Diana Rigg's turn as Olenna Tyrell in the series has seen her nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
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Reports suggest he was treated at St John Paul II hospital before being released. "He is recovering at his home and will be fine". The drama - which Clooney is both directing and acting in - also stars Hugh Laurie, and is scheduled to be shown on TV next year.
Additionally, Netflix also made gains in the reality space with the Queer Eye revival, which landed multiple noms, including best Structured Reality TV series 14 years after winning a Best Reality Show Emmy. That's because the streaming giant put an end to the premium cable channel's 17-year streak of garnering the most total nominations.
Besides the repeat nomination for Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale" scored nods for Drama Series, Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Joseph Fiennes), and two additional nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel and Yvonne Strahovski).
HBO awards darling "Veep" was ineligible this year and its crown passed to "Atlanta", the FX comedy created by and starring Donald Glover, which amassed 16 nods. Saturday Night Live and Westworld both grabbed 21 nominations each, while The Handmaid's Tale secured 20 nominations.