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'This is Us,' 'The Crown' vie for Emmy nods; no 'Thrones'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/13/2017 LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
FILE - This Sept. 18, 2016 file photo shows the main stage during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. This year's Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Sept. 18, 2016 file photo shows the main stage during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. This year's Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With "Game of Thrones" off the Emmy battlefield this time around, the likely beneficiaries will be streaming dramas and, in a reversal of fortune, a broadcast series.

This image released by HBO shows Issa Rae in a scene from "Insecure." Rae, Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover are among those who star in shows they also created or co-created, write and sometimes even direct. In return, they could reap Emmy nominations in a number of categories. The nominations will be announced Thursday. The Emmy Awards ceremony is set to air Sept. 17 on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Anne Marie Fox/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by HBO shows Issa Rae in a scene from "Insecure." Rae, Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover are among those who star in shows they also created or co-created, write and sometimes even direct. In return, they could reap Emmy nominations in a number of categories. The nominations will be announced Thursday. The Emmy Awards ceremony is set to air Sept. 17 on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Anne Marie Fox/HBO via AP)

Netflix's "The Crown" and "Stranger Things" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," all streamed shows, could be among the nominees to be announced Thursday at the TV academy by Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") and Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds," the upcoming "S.W.A.T.") The announcement will be streamed live at 11:30 a.m. EDT on www.emmys.com .

In this image released by FX, Donald Glover portrays Earnest Marks in the comedy "Atlanta." Glover, Aziz Ansari and Issa Rae are among those who star in shows they also created or co-created, write and sometimes even direct. In return, they could reap Emmy nominations in a number of categories. The nominations will be announced Thursday. The Emmy Awards ceremony is set to air Sept. 17 on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Quantrell D. Colbert/FX via AP) © The Associated Press In this image released by FX, Donald Glover portrays Earnest Marks in the comedy "Atlanta." Glover, Aziz Ansari and Issa Rae are among those who star in shows they also created or co-created, write and sometimes even direct. In return, they could reap Emmy nominations in a number of categories. The nominations will be announced Thursday. The Emmy Awards ceremony is set to air Sept. 17 on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert. (Quantrell D. Colbert/FX via AP)

The NBC freshman series "This is Us," a hit with viewers and critics, has a chance to show network dramas can be Emmy worthy again. A commercial broadcast network hasn't fielded a best drama series contender since CBS' "The Good Wife" was nominated in 2011. The last network winner was Fox's "24" in 2006.

HBO's "Game of Thrones," which dominated last year's Emmys with 23 nods and 12 trophies, including its second consecutive best drama award, falling 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.

On the flip side, this could be the year of the sitcom auteur — those actors who star in their creations, and often write and even direct them. That includes Aziz Ansari in "Master of None" on Netflix; Donald Glover's "Atlanta" on FX, and Issa Rae's "Insecure" on HBO.

Strong showings by them could indicate that Emmy voters are willing to embrace the achievements of women and people of color as they finally gain a foothold in the TV industry.

Other likely contenders are HBO's "Veep," which won its second straight top comedy award last year; ABC's "black-ish"; Amazon's "Transparent" and, for its sixth and final season, HBO's "Girls."

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

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