Magazine article Variety

Getting Ready for the Race

Magazine article Variety

Getting Ready for the Race

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Drama Series

WHAT'S OUT: AMC's "Mad Men" retired after seven seasons and eight series noms.

what's back: AMC's "Better Call Saul"; PBS'"Downton Abbey"; Showtime's "Homeland"; Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black"; and HBO's reigning champ, "Game of Thrones," are all eligible again.

LOOKING TO RETURN: CBS' "The Good Wife," last nominated in 2011, has one final chance to make its case.

what's new: Among freshmen contenders, USA's "Mr. Robot" CD has a leg up thanks to a Golden Globe victory, Critics' Choice honors, and a Writers Guild win for new series earlier this year.

Comedy Series

WHAT'S OUT: NBC's "Parks and Recreation" stepped down last season, while FX's "Louie" is on an indefinite hiatus.

what's back: ABC's "Modem Family? HBO's "Silicon Valley? Amazon's "Transparent? Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? and HBO's reigning champ, "Veep."

LOOKING TO RETURN: CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" fell out of the nominees circle last year, while HBO's "Girls" was dropped the year before.

what's new: Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" (2) was eligible last year and received no noms, but a Golden Globe win could kick it up a notch. Netflix's "Master of None" (3) won the Critics'Choice trophy.

limited Series

what's out "The Honorable Woman? "Olive Kitteridge? and "Wolf Hall" were onetime entries last year.

what's back: ABC's "American Crime" and FX's "American Horror Story" both returned with fresh installments.

LOOKING TO RETURN: FX'S "Fargo" and HBO's "True Detective" (previously nominated as a drama series) re-enter the mix after a year off.

WHAT'S NEW: HBO'S "ShOW Me a Hero" w and History's "Roots" (5) are one-anddone entries this year, while AMC's "The Night Manager" (6) is already talking about a sequel. FX's "The People v. 0. J. Simpson: American Crime Story" (7) will continue on with a completely different subject.

Variety Series-Talk

what's out "The Colbert Report" signed off Comedy Central for good back in 2014.

WHAT'S BACK: ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live? HBO's "Last Week Tonight? and NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" continue unchanged, but both Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and CBS'"Late Show" transitioned to new hosts (Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, respectively).

LOOKING TO RETURN: HBO'S "Real Time With Bill Maher" fell out last year after 10 consecutive noms.

what's new Two freshmen ladies will try to shake up the boys club: TBS'"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" 8) and Netflix's "Chelsea" 9 .

Reality Competition Series

what's out: Nothing. This category hasn't had any turnover since 2012.

what's baci1 Everything. CBS'"The Amazing Race," ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," Lifetime's "Project Runway" Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Bravo's "Top Chef" and NBC's "The Voice."

LOOKING TO RETURN. FOX'S "American Idol" may have bowed out relatively quietly, but it was also the last nominee to appear in this category before four consecutive years of the same six titles listed above.

what's new Anything could be considered new at this point (even shows that have been on the ballot before, like Fox's "MasterChef Junior" or Syfy's "Face Off" ), but the flashiest new entry is NBC's breakout hit "Little Big Shots."

Drama Actor

WHO'S OUT: PtCVÍOUS winner Jeff Daniels (HBO's "The Newsroom") and last year's winner, Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), have moved on.

who s back: Netflix leading men Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline") and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"); Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"); and Liev Schreiber (Showtime's "Ray Donovan"). …

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