Emmy Snubs and Surprises: No Leftovers or Gilmore Girls, but SNL Makes a Big Splash

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By Joyce Eng,

Emmy nominations were announced Thursday and once again there were a few unexpected and missing faces. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises. See the list of nominees here.

Snubs
The Leftovers: Sigh. It was always a longshot, but many of us were hope-dicting that the final season, which aired a the perfect time right before voting, could break in. Alas, the show, Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux will never be recognized for their tremendous work on the series. At least Ann Dowd got a guest actress nod.

Michael McKean: This may hurt more than The Leftovers, since we know the Emmys watch Better Call Saul. McKean was utterly impeccable this season and had a standout, winning episode, "Chicanery," but couldn't crack the drama supporting actor race, where his co-star Jonathan Banks is nominated again.

The Americans: After breaking into the major categories last year, the FX drama retained acting slots for stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, but lost its drama series spot. It did grab a guest acting nod for Alison Wright though.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Jimmy Fallon rubs Donald Trump's head. Jimmy Fallon eschews political jokes. Jimmy Fallon does not get nominated. Who did get nominated for variety talk series? Two fiery, politically inclined series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time.

Gilmore Girls: Netflix's limited series strategy for the show did not work. But, as we predicted, Alexis Bledel did get a drama guest actress nod for The Handmaid's Tale. Bonus: Milo Ventimiglia got a drama actor one for This Is Us. Rory and Jess are going to the Emmys!

Surprises
Westworld: The robot drama made a huge splash with 22 nominations (tying Saturday Night Live for the most nods), including lead drama nods for Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood. With two-time defending champ Game of Thrones out of the running, Westworld's drama series nod ensures that HBO maintains a slot in the category. It's only missed once since 1999, in 2008.

Saturday Night Live: After a resurgent season, SNL made a huge splash with 22 nods, including three in comedy supporting actress, for defending champ Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer, who left at the end of last season. The show hasn't won variety series (now called variety sketch series) since 1993, but it's definitely the frontrunner now.

Milo Ventimiglia: Everyone and their mother knew Sterling K. Brown was getting nominated for This Is Us. Ventimiglia's nod was unexpected, but never underestimate the power of a super dad. Voters went gaga for This Is Us, marking the first

FX's comedy stars: Better Things' Pamela Adlon and Baskets' Zach Galifianakis cracked the lead acting races, going nicely with defending comedy supporting actor champ Louie Anderson's second straight nod for Baskets

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg: These two are nominated for reality host for Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and should obviously win.

Emmy nominations are announced Thursday, July 13. The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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