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It’s hard to believe but the 2018 Emmy Award season is already here. Networks and streaming services are deep into their publicity and media plans while the industry as a whole nervously wonders whether a #MeToo campaign that flipped Hollywood upside down will continue to send shock waves. Change has been a theme at the Globes and the Oscars, how will it affect TV’s biggest night? Let’s hope that’s one reason we still don’t know who is hosting NBC’s annual rotation of the telecast this September.
You might have expected the network to have already announced “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon or “Late Night’s” Seth Meyers as the Emmys emcee, but maybe the network is working to smartly avoid yet another white male talk show host on the dais. It’s only been a non-stop string since Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys when ABC had their turn in 2016. No, we’re not kidding. In fact, the last time a white male didn’t host one of the four major award shows (five if you count the Tonys) was when Chris Rock hosted the Oscars in February, 2016 when no one really thought Donald Trump had a chance of winning the presidency. Yes, it’s probably time for change in 2018.
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As for the Emmy nominations themselves we’re still three months away from voting. A ton of series expected to qualify have not premiered as of yet, but the recent year-end awards and guild season has highlighted some major new contenders. Moreover, the fact a number of previous winners and nominees will not be in the mix, such as “Game of Thrones” absence last year, has made some major races more compelling than they’ve been in the past.
Keeping all this in mind, here’s 11 things we’ve already learned as the Emmy machine starts to warm up.
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