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'SNL,' Westworld' lead Emmy Award nominations with 22 nods

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/13/2017 By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
This Jan. 14, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Alec Baldwin President Elect Donald J. Trump in a sketch on "Saturday Night Live," in New York. Baldwin was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Will Heath/NBC via AP) © The Associated Press This Jan. 14, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Alec Baldwin President Elect Donald J. Trump in a sketch on "Saturday Night Live," in New York. Baldwin was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Will Heath/NBC via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Saturday Night Live," powered by madcap skits skewering the Trump administration, earned 22 Emmy Award nominations, including bids for Alec Baldwin's florid portrayal of the president and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on press secretary Sean Spicer.

This image released by HBO shows Evan Rachel Wood in a scene from "Westworld." Wood was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (John P. Johnson/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by HBO shows Evan Rachel Wood in a scene from "Westworld." Wood was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (John P. Johnson/HBO via AP)

The long-running NBC variety show tied with HBO's sci-fi drama "Westworld," which also earned 22 bids on Thursday, to jointly top the field for the 69th Primetime Emmys to be presented in September.

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in a scene from "House Of Cards." Spacey was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert (David Giesbrecht/Netflix via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in a scene from "House Of Cards." Spacey was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert (David Giesbrecht/Netflix via AP)

Breakout drama "This is Us" received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a broadcast network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011. NBC's intricately told story of an extended family, a hit with viewers and critics, also earned bids for Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia, who are competing with each other in the best actor category.

This image released by NBC shows Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore in "This is Us." The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by NBC shows Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore in "This is Us." The show was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP)

"Veep," the most-nominated comedy, has a chance for its third consecutive best comedy series and gives star Julia Louis-Dreyfus the chance to build on her record of most wins for a lead comedy actress. She has five for "Veep" and one for "New Adventures of Old Christine."

This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, "The Handmaid's Tale." Moss was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, "The Handmaid's Tale." Moss was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP)

Emmy voters showed their willingness to recognize new comic voices as well as diversity. Donald Glover's freshman "Atlanta" earned a best comedy bid, as did "Master of None," starring Aziz Ansari, and "black-ish."

This image released by HBO shows Anthony Hopkins in a scene from, "Westworld." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (John P. Johnson/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by HBO shows Anthony Hopkins in a scene from, "Westworld." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Emmy Awards ceremony, airing Sept. 17 on CBS, will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. (John P. Johnson/HBO via AP)

But there was room for an old favorite, "Modern Family," although it earned only a handful of bids besides best comedy, including for Ty Burrell in the supporting actor category.

HBO's "Game of Thrones," which dominated last year's Emmys with 23 nods and 12 trophies, including its second consecutive best drama award, fell outside the eligibility window for Emmy consideration this year. "Orphan Black" isn't in the running for the same reason, depriving star Tatiana Maslany of the chance to repeat as best-drama actress.

The Emmys are scheduled to air Sept. 17 on CBS, with Stephen Colbert as host.

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .

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