'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nominations pack with 22 bids

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Emmy nominations came out Thursday, with some surprises and many disappointments.

"The Handmaid's Tale" actress Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold, who is set to star in the new NBC drama "New Amsterdam", will be on-hand in North Hollywood to help the Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington make the announcements beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The series had been expected to dominate the acting races among the limited series and TV movies - and indeed it did, with Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin all nominated.

On the comedy side, it'll probably be a toss-up between Atlanta and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for the series trophy, since reigning three-time victor Veep missed the eligibility period this year. "Atlanta" will face newcomers including "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, " "Glow" and "Barry". It got 23 nods in 2016 but wasn't eligible previous year.

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"The Handmaid's Tale, " the dystopian sci-fi series that claimed top drama honors last year, drew 20 bids, including one for last year's best actress victor, Elisabeth Moss, and supporting bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes.

The previous high for "Game of Thrones" was 24 nominations in 2015.

The 2018 Emmys will be hosted by Saturday Night Live stars Colin Jost and Michael Che.

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