Cedric the Entertainer, star and executive producer of the CBS hit comedy The Neighborhood, marks his first time as master of ceremonies for the 73rd Emmy Awards.

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By Nate Millado

Hazmat-suited messengers had to deliver last year's Emmys to winners at home—or at small, socially distant soirees—amid COVID-19 lockdown. Rejoice: This year, the stars (and a live audience) are coming back for the 2021 Emmy Awards! Get ready for TV's biggest night with our ultimate cheat sheet to the three-hour telecast.

The 73rd Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 19, (8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT live) on CBS and Paramount+.

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Who's hosting television's biggest night?

Cedric the Entertainer holding up an Emmy Award

Cedric the Entertainer, of the CBS comedy The Neighborhood, will be the master of ceremonies for the Emmy Awards this year.

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Meet your host with the most—Cedric the Entertainer!

"Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year's Emmy Awards," said the star and executive producer of CBS' hit sitcom The Neighborhood.

"Throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before. It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people. I can't wait to take the stage to celebrate all of the great shows and performances that made us laugh, cry, dance, and sing over the past year." Well said, Ced!

The Neighborhood airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Who's nominated?

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Ted Lasso's Nick Mohammed, Jason Sudeikis, and Brendan Hunt are all vying for Emmys.

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Apple TV+'s feel-good, fish-out-of-water comedy Ted Lasso hauled in a whopping 20 Emmy nominations, the most ever for a freshman series. And just about everyone in the roster scored a nod, including Jason Sudeikis (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series) as the titular charming and uber-optimisic soccer coach. But the most-nominated series are Netflix's The Crown and Disney Plus' The Mandalorian—tied at 24.

Vying for the top prizes are:

Outstanding Drama: The Boys (Amazon Prime Video), Bridgerton (Netflix), The Crown (Netflix), The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu), Lovecraft Country (HBO), The Mandalorian (Disney Plus), Pose (FX), and This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Comedy: Black-ish (ABC), Cobra Kai (Netflix), Emily in Paris (Netflix), Hacks (HBO Max), The Flight Attendant (HBO Max), The Kominsky Method (Netflix), Pen15 (Hulu), and Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

In terms of Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, all due respect to I May Destroy You and The Underground Railroad, but it's a three-horse race between Mare of Easttown (HBO), The Queen's Gambit (Netflix), and WandaVision (Disney Plus).

Who are the favorites? Any upset alerts?

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The stars of Lovecraft Country: Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors, and Jurnee Smollett.

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The Crown could reign supreme on Emmy night, with a legitimate shot at sweeping the top drama categories (Outstanding Drama, Josh O'Connor for Lead Actor, and either Emma Corrin or Olivia Colman for Lead Actress). Ted Lasso may prove just as scrappy as AFC Richmond and take home Outstanding Comedy (Sudeikis is a shoo-in for Lead Actor). Living legend Jean Smart (Hacks) is the favorite for Lead Actress in a Comedy—and could win a second statuette for her supporting turn in Mare of Easttown.

But watch out for: Kaley Cuoco, who soars in The Flight Attendant; previous Emmy winners Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Billy Porter (Pose), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale); and supernatural drama Lovecraft Country, which HBO unceremoniously canceled after one season but which still managed to earn an impressive 18 nominations, including Lead Actress (Jurnee Smollett) and Lead Actor (Jonathan Majors).

What's the most competitive category?

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision

Emmy nominees Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen of WandaVision.

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Arguably the most exciting category to watch is Lead Actress in a Limited Series. Any one of these talented women could win the winged statue:

Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit)
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

Who's on the brink of history?

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Mj Rodriguez is the first trans performer nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama.

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As ballroom announcer PrayTell (Billy Porter) would say, "The category is: Emmy history realness!" When Mj Rodriguez was nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama—playing house mother Blanca in the groundbreaking FX series Pose—she made herstory as the first transgender performer to compete in a major category.

Other potential record breakers:

  • Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks) could be the first openly non-binary actor to pick up an acting Emmy.
  • RuPaul Charles (RuPaul's Drag Race) would be the most awarded Black artist in Emmy history if he wins all three trophies he's up for.
  • Bowen Yang, the first featured SNL player ever to be nominated, could also be the first Emmy winner of Asian descent in the Supporting Comedy Actor category.

Who'll say "hello" to a "farewell" Emmy?

Allison Janney in a white dress on the red carpet

Allison Janney of Mom.

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Can Allison Janney mount the mother of all comebacks by taking home her third Emmy for playing Bonnie Plunkett of Mom one last time? (The TV Academy clearly loves her: She's won 7 Emmys from 15 nominations!) Shameless patriarch William H. Macy is also up for Outstanding Comedy Actor for his final season. He'll go up against Michael Douglas, nominated for The Kominsky Method, which just wrapped its run.

Fun facts about this year's nominees

Bo Burnham is the most nominated performer this year, earning an incredible SIX nods for writing, directing, editing, composing, and performing in his pandemic-produced musical comedy special, Inside: Bo Burnham.

Courteney Cox is the only Friend never to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy ("I KNOW!"), but she can take home her first for co-producing the Friends: The Reunion special for HBO Max.

Don Cheadle is nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama—for a 95-second scene in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Over at Guest Actress in a Drama, Claire Foy got a nod for a blink-and-you-missed it cameo in The Crown, reprising her Emmy-winning role as Queen Elizabeth in flashback.

The Hamil-Craze continues! The filmed version of musical phenomenon Hamilton earned a dozen nominations, and OG Broadway cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, and Daveed Diggs are not throwing away their (first-time) shot!

Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS PrimeTime Special—which gifted us jaw-dropping reveals and countless GIFs ("Were you silent ... or silenced?")—is up for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.

The 73rd Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 19, (8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT live) on CBS and Paramount+.

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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

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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

The Neighborhood airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Stephen Colbert and Barack Obama

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

Bryan Cranston

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

Phil Keoghan

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

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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

James Corden

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

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By Nate Millado

As they say in the biz: The show must go on. So despite the coronavirus pandemic nixing the typically glitzy, red carpet affair, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still be handed out on Sept. 20—albeit virtually.

PopTV's critically acclaimed cult fave Schitt's Creek landed a whopping 15 nominations for its final season, including acting notices for all four fictional Rose family members (Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy).

Both leading ladies of Netflix's dark comedy Dead to Me (Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) were recognized for their roles as star-crossed besties Jen and Judy.

Perennial Emmy nominee Don Cheadle scored a second straight nod for playing Black Monday's ruthless stock broker, Mo Monroe. Will the 10th time be a charm?

Finally, Toni Collette turned in yet another Unbelievable performance in Netflix's searing limited series as a hard-nosed detective tracking a serial rapist.

Read on to find out how these eight incredible actors reacted to their Emmy nominations—and how they plan to celebrate on the big night—in their own words.

Eugene Levy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek patriarch Johnny, the most rational Rose) already has two writing Emmys on his mantel for SCTV. But the elder Levy tells Gold Derby "it felt pretty damn good" to finally score a nomination for acting:

"I spent a career playing the comic relief. I come into projects. I come in for a few scenes. I get my laughs. I don't have to carry any story, no exposition, and that's what I'm paid to do, and that was kind of a fun thing for me. I wasn't really expecting any trophies for that work. Just doing that work was rewarding enough to be able to come in and do that. So listen, I don't know, this is all a shock to me, to be honest, at this stage in my career, to have this kind of work, what you're doing on camera, recognized by the other people who are doing the same kind of work is pretty amazing. I have to say, if it's going to happen, I'd rather have it happen now at this stage in my life than if I had been 20 and had it happen."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Catherine O'Hara (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Catherine O'Hara deserves an Emmy for the way she pulls off Moira's over-the-top fashion and unique lexicon (one word: pettifogging.) The legendary improv queen tells The Hollywood Reporter she's "happy to be a late bloomer":

"Isn't that really the best way to experience on your show? We got to build the show and develop the characters without worrying about expectations, from anyone. We got to make the show the best we could make it ... There's so many projects that get a ton of attention right at the beginning, maybe before they're even quite ready for it, and then it's kind of downhill attention-wise from there. We're so lucky to do the show we wanted and, apparently, leaving people wanting more ... You have to have a bit of patience in life or just don't have any big expectations, just carry along and do the best you can and maybe someone will notice, maybe they won't, but if you enjoy the work itself, then that's enough of a gift."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Christina Applegate (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

As sardonic, wine-chugging widow Jen Harding in Dead to Me, Christina Applegate absolutely kills it. In a bit of a role reversal in Season 2, it's Jen (not Linda Cardellini's Judy) keeping a terrible secret, and Applegate delivers an Emmy-worthy performance when it all inevitably unravels. She considers the nomination a silver lining in these increasingly tricky times, as she tweeted:

"I'm so proud of my wonderful friends @lindacardellini and @thelizfeldman and the entire cast and crew of @deadtome These are strange times. Sad times. But it's nice to have some good news. Much love."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Don Cheadle (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, Black Monday)

Don Cheadle at the 2019 Emmy Eve party

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"Given that it's been announced on a Tuesday, I hereby regretfully decline my nomination for 'Black Monday.' I am a dayist. Been one for many years. My principles are my bedrock and sacrosanct." —Don Cheadle quipped in a statement the day the Emmy nominations were announced. All joking aside, Cheadle tells Gold Derby the entire crew deserves a pat on the back for any love Black Monday receives:

"We do this show on a five-day schedule, which is Herculean and really, really not possible to do without the crew that we have, putting in the kinds of hours that they do. They're there before we get there and they're there after the actors leave, putting the show together and giving it the look that it has and not just the crew that's on the set during the time, but also our post-production people are very gifted. We have a lot of effects that we do on the show. The music is a big part of the show. The editing clearly, obviously, is a big part of the show. These are all things that happen once the actors get to take their makeup off and go home. So we would not have what we have without their support and without their creativity ... So it's always them. Whenever we get any sort of accolades, to not turn around and thank them, we'd be incredibly remiss."

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Linda Cardellini (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, Dead to Me)

We've loved Linda Cardellini ever since she was hanging out with Freaks and Geeks, but as Judy Hale in Dead to Me, she gets to sink her teeth into her juiciest role yet. Of course, she faces stiff competition in the category—including co-star Christina Applegate. Still, she welcomed her second Emmy nod with total humility in a statement:

"I am thrilled and humbled to be nominated this morning with all of these incredible women whom I admire so much. Especially my dear friend and partner in crime Christina Applegate. You're my person. I feel so fortunate to collaborate every day with all of the incredible women who run this show. Liz Feldman, thank you for your genius and for giving life to 'Jen and Judy.' What a wild ride. This show is truly a team effort and I am so grateful to everyone involved. Especially our hardworking cast and crew. This is a celebration of everyone's work today. Love and congrats to all."

Dead to Me streams on Netflix.

Annie Murphy (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Schitt's Creek)

Had Annie Murphy not scored a nod for playing former socialite-turned-PR-maven Alexis, Schittheads everywhere would have let out a collective "ew." In an interview with Vulture, Murphy waxes poetic over her wonderful ride. "It's all ... a lot. But a wonderful lot." So, how will she celebrate come Emmy night?

"There will be pizza and pajamas. That'll be the extent of my plans. I'll put that out in the open right now. It's kind of my natural state anyway, so that's what I'm looking forward to. Did I mention the pizza?"

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

Toni Collette (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Unbelievable)

Toni Collette as a steely detective in Unbelievable

Toni Collette plays tough and tireless detective Grace Rasmussen in the Netflix limited series Unbelievable.

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Scroll through Toni Collette's IMDB credits and you'll agree she is the definition of versatility: Hereditary, The Sixth Sense, Muriel's Wedding, Knives Out, The United States of Tara, the list goes on. So it's no surprise the Aussie actress landed her fourth career Emmy nom for playing a steely detective in Netflix's Unbelievable. Her statement on nomination morning says it all:

"I've been acting for 30 years now. I love telling all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. It still excites me to get up at 3, 4, or 5 a.m. to go hunt out obscure parking lots where we set up a whole new world each day. But working on something like Unbelievable makes it all the sweeter. I am so proud to be part of a ridiculously talented team telling a story that really matters. It has been a thrill for all of us knowing that this story has resonated far and wide with both women and men all around the globe. And so, I'm truly over the moon to be nominated. We must celebrate all that we can in this unstable time of real struggle."

Unbelievable streams on Netflix.

Dan Levy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Schitt's Creek)

Talk about multi-hyphenate! Not only did Dan Levy co-create Schitt's Creek with dad, Eugene Levy, he's also a showrunner, writer, director, and, of course, actor. Cynical, lovable, and GIF-able David Rose is—in the words of the great Tina Turner—"Simply the Best." The younger Levy tells The Hollywood Reporter how he plans on celebrating his show's 15 noms:

"For a tiny show out of Canada that never saw it coming, and then to actually not be able to go to the Emmys, is an incredibly Schitt's Creek way of winding this whole thing down. So on one hand I'm like, 'This tracks.' It's our crew that would have been so fun to see all dressed up and there. I would have loved for our team to get to have that 'pinch me' moment. My dad and I have already been talking about potentially doing a socially distanced event in his backyard in Toronto, so maybe we can all dress up and pretend, six feet apart, that we're there."

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

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By Nate Millado

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.

The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

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From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

The cast of Schitts Creek sitting at a booth eating in a diner

Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Regina Hall in a green and blue colorblocked blazer in Black Monday

Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

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Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

Folake Olowofoyeku leaning on Billy Gardell in Bob Hearts Abishola

Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

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Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Simone Missick holding chopsticks on All Rise

Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

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The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Patrick Stewart as Picard sitting in a chair on Star Trek Picard

Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

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Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.


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