It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for freshman series on Emmy nominations day, depending whether they are in the drama or comedy side.
John Legend scores a nomination of his own for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Jesus in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert".
The streaming service's maneuvering (and not incidentally, expensive Emmy campaigning) paid off with 112 nominations - a significant increase over previous year, edging HBO's 108.More news: CDC issues blunt warning about Honey Smacks as outbreak grows to 100
"Maisel", Amazon Studios' popular series set in a very Jewish 1950s NY neighborhood, was nominated for best comedy series.
The 70th Annual Primetime Emmys will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on September 17.
It will also be in contention for directing, writing and a host of technical awards, as well as best drama, where the other rivals include FX's "The Americans", which wrapped recently and has four nods in total. Or maybe it's just that we're never going to be happy in this era of "peak TV". "We are pleased to have these two talented performers join us to announce this year's Emmy nominees and to celebrate television excellence".More news: Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast
Comedy show Saturday Night Live, which has been enjoying high ratings due to its focus on the Trump administration, was rewarded with 21 nominations. Legend, already an Oscar, Tony and Grammy victor, could become a member of the EGOT club if he wins this Emmy.
HBO's fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama victor that sat out the last year's awards because of its production schedule.
Although it's up for top series honors, it drew only three supporting acting bids for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage. "Everybody from the composer to the makeup people to everyone, so it's such a team effort".More news: President tears into May's Chequers deal