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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) — The 69th Emmy Award nominations could answer some big TV industry questions.

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)

When the nominees are announced Thursday in Los Angeles, NBC's "This is Us" has a chance to show network dramas can still be Emmy worthy.

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)

A broadcast network hasn't fielded a best drama series contender since CBS' "The Good Wife" was nominated in 2011.

Instead, cable and streaming have dominated the field, and could again.

Streaming has an opening to dominate, with HBO's blockbuster "Game of Thrones" falling outside the eligibility window.

Likely streaming nominees include Netflix's "The Crown" and "Stranger Things" and Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

The comedy contenders include ABC's "black-ish," Netflix's "Master of None" and FX's "Atlanta."

The Emmy Awards will air Sept. 17 on CBS with host Stephen Colbert.

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