The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards is kicking off in September, with the nominations already announced this past July. Celebrating the best in American television, the award show is set to highlight this year’s most celebrated and talked about shows.
And what a year it’s been! Recent years have seen us enter the golden age of television, with bigger budgets and quicker distribution changing the way shows are watched and enjoyed. With services like Netflix and Hulu entering the race, we can see just how prestigious streaming services have become, and how important they are in our viewing patterns.
We have outlined some of the best shows in 2017/2018 and predicted what to expect from the ceremony once the winners are announced next month.
The Crown (Netflix)
Even though the entire cast is being replaced for seasons three and four, this Netflix drama left quite the impact with its initial cast. It is said to be the most expensive show ever produced, costing $100 million for season one alone. Claire Foy has been nominated for her starring role as Queen Elizabeth, who has been replaced by Olivia Colman along with the entire main cast.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Another Netflix show that taps into our 1980s nostalgia with its incredible storytelling and ensemble cast of child actors. It has been nominated for best drama series, contending against The Crown and other shows from different companies. The show’s upcoming third season is said to be inspired by Chevy Chase’s Fletch.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
This Hulu hit has been the talk of many as it released its second season, diving into the deep and dark totalitarian society. The show has since overtaken the best-selling novel on which it was based but shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, three of the seven nominations in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category belong to this show alone.
This show is a modern-day Lost with complicated plot points and character twists that have captivated audiences since 2016. Westworld is said to be HBO’s new Game of Thrones and its high budget and impressive production value speak for itself. Stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright have both been nominated in their categories, as well as the series itself.
Silicon Valley (HBO)
It’s not all the heavy dramas which are capturing audiences’ attention, as HBO’s Silicon Valley proves. Nominated for Best Comedy Series after its fifth season, it shows no sign of slowing down. It was forced to take a different direction this year after one of its main stars, T.J Miller left the show.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel (Prime Video)
This is the only entry for Prime Video, the Amazon studio known for its unconventional shows. After premiering its first season just last year, The Marvelous Ms. Maisel explores stand-up comedy in the 1950s through the eyes of its main character, Miriam. The show, and its main actress, Rachel Brosnahan, have both been nominated.
Described at Netflix’s Breaking Bad, Ozark sees Jason Bateman star alongside Laura Linney as the patriarch of a family wrapped up in drugs, crime, and murder. Living in the Ozarks to avoid the wrath of a drug kingpin, Ozark is a dark exploration into what a man will do for his family, protecting them against threats from local and national problems. Bateman has been nominated for his portrayal as Marty.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Larry David made his triumphant return to Curb Your Enthusiasm, which sees Larry back to his old ways. In its ninth season, this is one of the older shows included in the nominations this year but seems to be enjoying a renewed appearance back on our screens after five years away. It is currently preparing for its 10th season.
The only entry for CBS, this Chuck Lorre comedy sees Anna Faris and Allison Janney team up as mother and daughter. In its sixth season as a studio-audience comedy series, Mom doesn’t shy away from tackling serious themes such as gambling, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and alcoholism.
Ever since its debut in 2014, black-ish has been celebrated as a sitcom that highlights the cultural and symbolic problems a middle-class black family can face when raising children in white neighborhoods. The show was an instant hit and has spawned a spin-off show, Grown-ish, which has been renewed for a second season.
All The Late Night Shows
All the major late night chat shows have been nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, James Corden, and Stephen Colbert could all go home winning the prize for their work unpacking the turbulent political climate. It appears to be what audiences love – since Jimmy Fallon, the only host not to criticize President Trump publicly, failed to get nominated.
Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, and will be broadcast live on Monday, September 17th on NBC – will you be watching?