Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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By Nate Millado

If ever there was a time we needed television, it was the last year and a half—and CBS Studios gave us stories that made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. With Primetime Emmy nominations just weeks away (July 13), we want to show some love to a few shows and artists that delivered award-worthy entertainment—and escapism.

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Star Trek: Discovery for Outstanding Drama Series

Sonequa Martin Green in black dress leaning against disco ball

Sonequa Martin-Green leads an "extraordinary" cast.

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"So many times we're in the editing room with this treasure trove of options because our cast is so extraordinary. —Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery

Watch all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Paramount+.

The Neighborhood for Outstanding Comedy Series

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Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield star in The Neighborhood.

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"The Neighborhood bridges gaps. It allows us to reach people we would never ever reach before." —Tichina Arnold, who costars as Tina on The Neighborhood

Watch The Neighborhood on CBS and stream anytime on Paramount+.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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Stephen Colbert beats President Barack Obama at waste basketball.

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"There's only one thing better than a joke working…a joke not working," said The Late Show host Stephen Colbert. As for his favorite guest moment? Beating Barack Obama at waste basketball. "I think both of us will carry that in our hearts in very different ways."

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS and Paramount+.

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The Bite for Outstanding Drama Series

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Audra McDonald stars in The Bite and The Good Fight.

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"Robert and Michelle [King]'s team wanted to find a way to give it some energy. So they insert zombies…you got your energy." —Audra McDonald discussing The Bite on The Talk

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

The Bite for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Robert and Michelle King in the writers room

Husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight) wrote, produced, and set their zombie drama The Bite during the pandemic.

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The Bite, Scene 22
Rachel clicks over to her mom, DR. HESTER BOUTELLA (65). She pops onto Rachel's screen. Nobel Prize–winning immunologist. Imperious. Loves scarves. (A little of Dr. Birx in her.) Thinks her daughter should be doing more important work.

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

Your Honor for Outstanding Limited Series

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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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"I don't want to do any show or play where the audience can fall asleep. I want them to feel obligated to stay with it at every moment and feel that anxiety level." —Bryan Cranston

Stream Your Honor on SHOWTIME.

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The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails for Outstanding Reality Competition

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Host with the most: Phil Keoghan runs The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails.

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"There's lots of shows out there that honor people that are really good at singing and dancing and are good looking, but I felt that there was a place for acknowledging those people who keep a country running. Real people in real life who are real tough." —Phil Keoghan on Tough As Nails to Deadline

Stream episodes of The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails on Paramount+.

The Comey Rule for Outstanding Limited Series

Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson

Comey (Jeff Daniels) and Trump (Brendan Gleeson) face off.

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"Jim Comey was trying to do the right thing in a world that didn't care what the right thing was." — Jeff Daniels

"What I loved about it was the authenticity of actually knowing that these were words that were spoken." —Brendan Gleeson

Stream The Comey Rule on SHOWTIME.

The Equalizer for Outstanding Drama Series

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All hail the Queen: Latifah stars in The Equalizer.

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"I've seen a lot of real-life equalizers in my life so why not bring one to the screen who looks like me?" —Queen Latifah

Watch The Equalizer on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

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The Late Late Show With James Corden for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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James Corden hosts The Late Late Show.

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"We want to be a place that gives people light relief in what's been an unimaginably difficult year." —James Corden

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS and Paramount+.

The Stand for Outstanding Limited Series

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Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg in The Stand

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"I wanted to write about bravery. At some point, people do have to make a stand." —Stephen King to Vanity Fair

Stream The Stand on Paramount+.

Star Trek: Lower Decks for Outstanding Animation

Star Trek Lower Decks cast

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, and Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi

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"I wanted to do something that when I looked back on it for the rest of my life, I would be really proud of what I did at that one moment. And what I'm really proud of accomplishing with that season is it's the balance of it's really good Star Trek, and it's a comedy that I really like." —Creator and showrunner Mike McMahan to IGN

Stream Star Trek: Lower Decks on Paramount+.

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Superheroes with super voices: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Melissa Benoist as Kara

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By Nate Millado

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski have wowed us with their acting chops—but did you know The Good Fight stars have vocal chops too? And they're far from the only double threats on television. Watch rounds up a few of our favorite stars who can act and sing.

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1. Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski fromThe Good Fight

With six Tony awards, Audra McDonald holds the record for most performance wins and just might add a seventh this September—she's nominated for Best Actress in a Play for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Here she is, feting Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim with an uproarious rendition of "Ladies Who Lunch" with The Good Fight star Christine Baranski and none other than Meryl Streep.

Stream The Good Fight on Paramount+. Watch the Tony Awards LIVE on Sunday, Sept. 26, only on Paramount+.

2. Lana Parrilla from Why Women Kill

Lana Parrilla is absolutely killing it as Rita on the new season of Why Women Kill! It's her first juicy role since the pandemic—but Parrilla stayed plenty busy during lockdown. Not only did she start her own clothing line, but she released a new single, too!

Stream Why Women Kill on Paramount+.

3. Christopher Jackson from Bull

Bull viewers know him as Chunk Palmer, but Hamilton fans remember Christopher Jackson in a more presidential role: As George Washington in the mega-hit musical. Here he is performing one of his show-stoppers in front of two other presidents: Obama and Biden.

Bull moves to Thursday nights this fall at 10/9c on CBS. Stream episodes on Paramount+.

4. Queen Latifah from The Equalizer

Queen Latifah first burst onto the scene as a rapper in 1989; her debut album (All Hail the Queen) featured the hit single "Ladies First." She's gone on to release seven genre-defying albums that have dabbled in jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and pop—and earned a Grammy for the 1993 anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." In the movie musical Chicago, Latifah showcased her singing and acting chops as no-nonsense prison matron Mama Morton. She earned an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actress! Watch her stirring rendition of "I Know Where I've Been" from another movie musical she starred in, Hairspray.

Season 2 of The Equalizer airs Sunday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.

5. LL Cool J from NCIS: Los Angeles

Like Queen Latifah, LL COOL J is one of the OGs of rap! And while the NCIS: Los Angeles star has flexed his lyrical muscle on such hardcore anthems as "Mama Said Knock You Out," LL has also shown a softer side with ballads like "I Need Love."

NCIS: Los Angeles returns for its 13th season this fall, airing Sunday nights at 9/8c on CBS.

6. Annaleigh Ashford from B Positive

Annaleigh Ashford made a splash on the Great White Way as ditzy sorority sister Margot in Legally Blonde, her Broadway debut. Ever since, the Tony-winning actress has had standout performances in Hair, Rent, Legally Blonde, and Kinky Boots. But one of her best-known roles was as Glinda in the musical juggernaut Wicked. Here she is singing a bewitching rendition of "Wonderful."

B Positive airs Thursday nights this fall at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.

7. Beth Behrs from The Neighborhood

Beth Behrs can sing just about anything! Case in point: When she hosted the 2014 People's Choice Awards with her former 2 Broke Girls co-star. Kat Dennings lobbed random song requests at Behrs, and The Neighborhood star didn't flinch, singing everything from The Sound of Music to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"!

The Neighborhood returns Monday nights this fall at 8/7c on CBS.

8. Rita Moreno from One Day at a Time

Living legend Rita Moreno is a rare EGOT. She earned her Oscar as singing-and-dancing Anita in the classic movie musical West Side Story.

Stream episodes of One Day at a Time on Paramount+.

9. Sutton Foster from Younger

Sutton Foster has such a buttery voice, it's hard to believe she wasn't a trained vocalist until her Tony-winning role in Thoroughly Modern Millie!

Stream the final season of Younger on Paramount+.

10. Donnie Wahlberg from Blue Bloods

When it comes to music, Donnie Wahlberg is no new kid on the block! The Blue Bloods star still performs with his fellow "boy banders" NKOTB.

Blue Bloods returns Friday nights this fall at 10/9c on CBS.

11. Melissa Benoist from Supergirl

She's not just a superhero—she's a super singer! Melissa Benoist got her first big break in Glee and has showcased her vocals on musical episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. In 2018, she made her Broadway debut in the Carole King musical, Beautiful.

The final season of Supergirl returns Tuesday, August 24, on The CW. Watch free next day on CWTV.com and The CW app.

12. Grant Gustin from The Flash

Benoist's former Glee co-star Grant Gustin made fans of The Flash swoon when he serenaded Iris with "Running Home to You"...before popping the question.

The Flash returns this fall with a five-episode special event on The CW.

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William Petersen returns as Grissom in CSI: Vegas, while Vanessa Lachey headlines new series, NCIS: Hawaii.

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By Nate Millado

We haven't even hit summer yet and we're already looking forward to fall. That's because CBS just announced its fall TV lineup, and the exciting new schedule features a "spirited" new comedy along with some welcome returns, from CSI to Survivor. The fall lineup also includes the return of #1 series NCIS, #1 comedy Young Sheldon, #1 new comedy United States of Al, #1 new series The Equalizer, and #1 news program 60 Minutes. Watch previews all the new and returning shows coming to a screen near you.

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Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets and Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery

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By Nate Millado

If you can see it, you can be it. They're out and proud, and an inspiration simply by living their authentic selves every day! So in honor of Pride Month, Watch celebrates these talented individuals who continue to break new ground for the LGBTQ+ community on CBS, The CW, Showtime, and Paramount+.

Check out the May/June 2021 issue of Watch to read about even more LGBTQ+ TV trailblazers!

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