Magazine article Variety

Drama

Magazine article Variety

Drama

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The Americans

FX

The spy drama has been recognized before but never won. Given its swan-song season and stellar showing from a rich ensemble cast, it may prove hard to resist praising it in a big way as a final goodbye.

The Crown

NETFLIX

The sophomore season is the last chance to celebrate the current cast ensemble, as season 3 will jump forward in time and introduce new actors as more mature versions of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The Handmaid's Tale

HULU

Last year's winner would still be fresh in minds even if the second season wasn't delivering episodes up to the end of the eligibility window. It's topical; it's full of powerhouse performances; it's the one to beat.

Orange Is the New Black

NETFLIX

The long-running favorite for performances may just see a return to the drama series category this year after a fifth season that delivered its highest stakes yet for the women of Litchfield prison.

This Is Us

NBC

Last year's lone broadcast nominee will surely be back on the ballot for its sophomore season that delivered even more emotion - and, yes, answers about Jack Pearson's (Milo Ventimiglia) cause of death.

ON THE BUBBLE: "Billions" (Showtime), "Counterpart" (Starz), "The Good Doctor" (ABC), "Killing Eve" (BBC America), "Mindhunter" (Netflix), "Orphan Black" (BBC America), "Ozark" (Netflix), "Ray Donovan" (Showtime), "Trust" (FX)

The Chi

SHOWTIME

Lena Waithe was certainly an "it" woman this television season, and the debut of her South Side gang violence drama captured hearts and minds of critics. …

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