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Emmy Awards: “Saturday Night Live” and “Westworld” lead the nominations

Ⓒ AFP – VALERIE MACON – | American actors Shemar Moore (g) and Anna Chlumsky present the Emmy nominations on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles

“Saturday Night Live” satirical show arrived on Thursday at the top of the Emmy Awards nominations, the awards of American television, tied with the HBO science fiction series “Westworld”, each named 22 times.

With a renewed cast and more heavyweight comedy, “SNL” had lost its luster in recent years, but the election of Donald Trump gave it a wholesome boost.

Alec Baldwin’s recurring imitations of the new president, followed by those noticed by White House spokesperson Sean Spicer by actress Melissa McCarthy, propelled the audience of the weekly show 30% over Its average level in 2016 and at more visible levels for nearly 25 years.

With his 22 nominations, “Saturday Night Live” brought his total to 231 in 42 seasons, by far the record in this matter.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on September 17 in Los Angeles and will be presented by comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the “Late Show” on CBS, which will broadcast the event.

In a totally different style, the science fiction series “Westworld”, which takes place in an amusement park populated with humanoids where everything is allowed, shares the head of the promotion 2017.

– HBO still dominating –

It is a victory for HBO, which presented this season without its head of gondola, “Game of Thrones”.

The seventh season of “GoT”, whose first episode will be broadcast Sunday, is, in fact, arrived three months later than usual, out of time to compete Emmys.

The fantastic-medieval series has already been rewarded 38 times in six seasons, including 12 statuettes last year, which equaled the absolute record, which it had established itself in 2015.

But HBO showed Thursday that it had resources, once again crushing competition with 110 nominations, ahead of the Netflix online video platform, which continues to grow in power, with 91 nominations.

Founded in 1972 around a film and sports program, Home Box Office negotiated the turn of the series in the late 1990s and invested in clean content.

In the race for the Emmys, she was able to count on the “Veep”, a humorous series about a gaffeous vice-president incarnated by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, named 17 times, but also on many new programs already acclaimed by the Academy Of the television, which organizes the Emmy Awards.

In addition to “Westworld”, the drama series “Big Little Lies” was selected, along with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, both of whom were nominated for the first female role in a limited episode program or a TV movie .

Behind HBO, Netflix is ​​now the second largest producer of nominations, supported by the irremovable “House of Cards”, but also by new programs, such as the fantastic 80’s “Stranger Things” series, named 18 times this year.

The video-on-demand platform is ahead of its competitor Amazon, which, with 16 nominations, is even behind Hulu (18) this year, with new ambitions, notably embodied by the new series “The Scarlet Servant”, regularly presented by American criticism as the best new series of 2017 so far.

Emmys nominations have also highlighted the continuing erosion of the biggest free-to-air channels, even though NBC has been able to pull 60 nominations, thanks to “Saturday Night Live” but also to its new drama series “This Is Us “, named 11 times.

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