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‘EMMYS 2018’: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TV’S BIGGEST NIGHT

The 70thPrimetime Emmy Awards are upon us! Here’s what to expect.

WHAT:

The Emmys honor the best in U.S. primetime television programming from June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018, as selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

WHEN:

The ceremony will take place on Monday September 17th, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. NBC will broadcast. This is the first time in four years the Emmys will be broadcast on Monday, in a move to avoid conflict with Sunday Night Football. The show starts at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PT.

WHO:

Michael Che and Colin Jost (of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update fame) are hosting. Their boss, Lorne Michaels, is exec producing. Plus, there are plenty of bold-faced presenters, including Patricia Arquette, Alec Baldwin​, Eric Bana, Angela Bassett, Samantha Bee, Connie Britton, Rachel Brosnahan, Millie Bobby Brown, RuPaul, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Claire Foy, Hannah Gadsby, Ilana Glazer, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Abbi Jacobson, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate McKinnon, Tracy Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh​, Sarah Paulson, Issa Rae, Andy Samberg, Matt Smith, Ben Stiller, Constance Wu and the cast of Queer Eye.

NOMINATIONS:

HBO’s Game of Thrones scored big this year, raking in 22 nominations, after missing the eligibility window last year. Westworld, another HBO drama, landed 21 nods, as did NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale was hot on their heels with 20, and FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story nabbing 18 and FX’s Atlanta earning 16.

AND:

…. So will it be about TV, or will it be about politics? It’s the eternal question, and it seems even Che and Jost aren’t sure how they’ll play it.

Jost told the AP: "We don't even know what's necessarily going to happen during the weekend politically. There might be something, there might not."

But Che said: "There's gonna be political jokes and we're gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure. We're aiming toward it."