The Shows of the 2018 Emmys
The Primetime Emmy Awards celebrates the best and brightest in the world of primetime television, and rewards excellence in performance, writing, direction, producing, and more.
This year’s award ceremony, which will be hosted by SNL’s Colin Jost and Michael Che, will be held on September 17th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The nominees this year shouldn’t surprise you. The list is populated with some of the most popular shows on TV and from web platforms like Netflix, some of which garnered up to 22 nominations out of 45 total categories.
Whether you’ve seen all these shows already or are looking for a new show to start binging, here are some of the most nominated shows of the 70th Primetime Emmy season.
Game of Thrones
Leading off our list today is Game of Thrones, which picked up the most nominations this year with 22 individual nominations. This show, which you probably know all about (unless you’ve been living under a rock) follows nine noble families fighting for control of Westeros, while simultaneously trying to outrun and outmaneuver an ancient, undead army coming to kill them all.
The show has been on TV since 2011 and is one of the most popular shows of the last decade, averaging over 30 million viewers per episode by the seventh season. This year, they’ve received nominations for direction, score, and acting nods for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Diana Rigg, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.
Another HBO fantasy drama that sought to capitalize on the popularity of the genre is Westworld, which premiered in 2016. The show follows a company called Delos and their Wild West-themed amusement park called Westworld, where humans can interact with sophisticated AI known as hosts and fulfil their wildest fantasies.
Westworld was nominated for 21 Emmys this year, including in many creative categories like hair, costume, and casting. The four series leads (Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, and Jeffrey Wright) were also nominated for their performances.
The Americans follows two Russian spies undercover as a married couple in America in the middle of the Cold War, balancing high stakes espionage with their struggles as parents. It premiered in 2013 and finished its final season earlier this year.
It was nominated for five awards, which may seem paltry compared to some of the heavy-hitters, but the categories are all pretty big, and include Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress for leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, and Outstanding Drama Series. Unlike many TV shows, viewers and critics alike felt that this series got stronger throughout its six-season run, and it has consistently received Emmy nominations.