Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations

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HBO's medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones" led nominations for the Emmy Awards on Thursday that spanned satire to the supernatural, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods. It was among HBO's 108 nominations.

Furthermore, Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst hasn't been nominated for the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Emmy since the last time he won; in 2011.

Game of Thrones leads this year's pack of Emmy nominees with 22 nods overall, including for Outstanding Drama Series. Silicon Valley and Curb Your Enthusiasm grabbed seven and four nominations each.

The newbie comedies aced out long-time Emmy favourite "Modern Family", a five-time victor and perennial nominee since it debuted in 2009 on ABC. NBC was a distant third with 78, a figure that put it first among broadcast networks.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Atlanta itself was nominated for the Emmy for a Comedy Series.

Several major stars not normally associated with television got their first Emmy nominations in 2018.

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Female-led shows and stories also did well as television continued to lead the way in reflecting social change, while the likes of Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Issa Rae, Regina King, and John Legend headed a racially diverse acting lineup.

"I think we're all happy with the direction we're going. It's good news for us in the industry", said Maury McIntyre, TV academy president. "There's still a lot of work to be done in terms of gender" and with behind-the-camera jobs, he said. Its nods included best drama, the category it won in 2015 and 2016. It has 22 nominations, followed by Saturday Night Live and Westworld with 21 each. Legend's nomination for Jesus Christ, Superstar means he can add an Emmy to the Grammy, Oscar and Tony he already has on his shelf.

HBO's fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama victor that sat out the last year's Emmys because of its production schedule. Although it's up for top series honors, it drew only three supporting actor bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" scored 20 nominations - seven better than previous year - and is an early favorite to repeat as the victor for best drama in September. "That's the wonderful thing about being recognized".

While there was a major turnover in the best comedy series category this year, helped by the absence of three-time victor Veep and also involving the snub of five-time victor Modern Family, an even bigger seismic shift happened last year in the best drama series field.

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