Magazine article Variety

Freshmen Series Bring All the Drama to the Race

Magazine article Variety

Freshmen Series Bring All the Drama to the Race

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It's all about the new kids in town. With reigning champ "Game of Thrones" out of contention (thanks to that mid-July premiere date), freshmen series stormed in to the category, nabbing five of the coveted seven slots.

HBO may well have found its successor to "Game" in "Westworld," the sci-fi thriller that scooped up 22 nominations - the most overall for a scripted series. That voters so heavily embraced the reimagining of the Yul Brynner film shows that they may well have gotten over their bias against genre. Netflix's paean to '80s films "Stranger Things" scored as well, with 18 nominations - even for poor Barb (Shannon Purser).

The other freshmen nominees - Netflix's period piece "The Crown," NBC's crowd-pleaser "This Is Us" and Hulu's dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" - made splashy debuts as Emmy contenders, landing double-digit noms and glory for their outlets. …

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