'Saturday Night Live' and 'Westworld' lead 2017 Emmy nominations

- NBC's variety series ``Saturday Night Live,'' re-invigorated with its lampooning of President Donald Trump, and HBO's ``Westworld'' scored a leading 22 nominations today for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

NBC's ``This is Us'' broke an extended drought among broadcast networks by earning a nomination in the outstanding drama series category. It's the first time a broadcast network program has been nominated in the category since CBS' ``The Good Wife'' in 2011.

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Also nominated for outstanding drama series were ``Better Call Saul,'' ``The Crown,'' ``The Handmaid's Tale,'' ``House of Cards,'' ``Stranger Things'' and ``Westworld.''

HBO's ``Game of Thrones,'' the winner in the category the past two years, wasn't eligible to be nominated because its only new episodes aired during the eligibility period were part of the body of work considered for last year's victory.

HBO's ``Veep,'' the winner of the outstanding comedy series Emmy for the past two seasons, was nominated again, while ABC's ``Modern Family'' earned its eighth nomination in eight seasons. It was the winner in the category for five consecutive seasons, tying the record set by NBC's ``Frasier'' from 1994-98.

Also nominated for best comedy were FX's ``Atlanta,'' ABC's ``black-ish,'' Netflix's ``Master of None,'' HBO's ``Silicon Valley'' and Netflix's ``Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.''

``Saturday Night Live'' was nominated for outstanding variety sketch series, along with truTV's ``Billy on the Street,'' IFC's ``Documentary Now!,'' Comedy Central's ``Drunk History,'' IFC's ``Portlandia'' and HBO's ``Tracey Ullman's Show.''

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017, will be presented Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown L.A. with late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert as the host. The ceremony will be televised by CBS. The bulk of the Primetime Emmys will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sept. 9-10, also at the Microsoft Theater.

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