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

Watch The Neighborhood on CBS and stream anytime 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

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

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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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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It takes a special kind of person to move towards danger rather than away from it. These people deserve our endless gratitude: doctors and nurses—whose bravery was especially visible during the COVID-19 pandemic—and the first responders in our country's police and fire departments who show their heroism every day. It's the perfect time to tune in to Paramount+ to celebrate their fictional and fearless counterparts.

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​Beth Hall

Beth Hall as Wendy standing at her nursing station holding a clipboard and wearing a bright pink lanyard for her ID

Beth Hall as Wendy

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Mom

While the emotionally vulnerable Wendy Harris (Beth Hall) has wept her way through many an episode of Mom, she has never faltered as a nurse. As Hall has said, "When she's working...it's the one place she has confidence."

Watch episodes of Mom streaming on Paramount+.

Alan Alda

Alan Alda looks lost in thought as he sits at the edge of a patient's bed in a scene from MASH

Alan Alda In MASH

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M*A*S*H

Alan Alda won five Emmys for his work on M*A*S*H, in which he played Chief Surgeon Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce, a doctor who embodied compassion, resilience, and the ability to find humor even amid horror.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber treats an alien patient in the sick bay on Star Trek: Discovery

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber

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Star Trek: Discovery

As the ship's chief medical doctor on Star Trek: Discovery, Hugh Culber(Wilson Cruz) tends to his shipmates with intelligence and kindness—and the perspective that comes with a second chance at life.

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

Pernell Roberts

Actor Pernell Roberts wears a lab coat as Dr. Trapper John McIntyre

Pernell Roberts as Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre

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Trapper John, M.D.

First portrayed by Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre was one of television's most beloved surgeons. As played by Pernell Roberts on Trapper John, M.D. from 1979-1986, he was a man who inspired unwavering confidence.

Folake Olowofoyeku

Actress Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola the nurse enters into a hospital room smiling

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola

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Bob ♥ Abishola

When it comes to those in her care, Folake Olowofoyeku's nurse Abishola (Bob ♥ Abishola) shows her soft spot. Witness her singing a Nigerian lullaby to Bob—and thus winning his affections—when he is hospitalized.

Watch Bob ♥ Abishola on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke smiles and shakes hands with a medical skeleton prop

Dick Van Dyke

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Diagnosis: Murder

Not only was Diagnosis: Murder's Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) a brilliant doctor, he was also handy at solving mysteries. One detective who relied on his savvy included his son, played by Van Dyke's actual son, Barry.

Sean Dominic

Actor Sean Dominic poses in a lavender blazer and white shirt

Sean Dominic from The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless' Dr. Nate Hastings(Sean Dominic) is a second-generation physician and Genoa City's most respected care-taker.

Watch The Young and the Restless weekdays on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Rob Morrow

Rob Morrow wears a parka and looks distraguht at being far away in Alaska

Rob Morrow in Northern Exposure

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Northern Exposure

Neurotic Queens native Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) may have rued living in Alaska, but as Northern Exposure's physician he had the intelligence and skills to tend—tenderly—to the town.

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour stands in fine clothing holding her medical bag in a buccolic pioneer setting

Jane Seymour In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Jane Seymour starred for six seasons on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, transforming the frontier doctor into an inspiring example of steely feminism. Watch her tackle an epidemic in Season One's second episode.

Jeremy Ray Valdez

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Jeremy Ray Valdez as Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful

As Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful, Jeremy Ray Valdez solves the soap's myriad crimes with aplomb.

Watch The Bold and the Beautiful weekdays on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Kathy Baker

Actress Kathy Baker smiles as she poses against a blue-grey backdrop

Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock

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Picket Fences

Kathy Baker won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as Dr. Jill Brock on Picket Fences. Married to the town's Sheriff, Brock's care-taking qualities extended beyond her family to the patients who needed her most.

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore stands in full tactical LAPD SWAT gear on a beach

Shemar Moore as Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson in S.W.A.T.

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S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T.'s Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is a natural leader of his unit, as well as a champion for the law—and the underdog.

Watch S.W.A.T. Wednesdays at 10pm/9pm (Central) on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti leans against a medical administrative folder carousel in her role in Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti in Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role as Dr. Kate Austin on Chicago Hope. Patients' hearts couldn't have been in better hands than this cardiac surgeon's.

Zeeko Zaki

Actor Zeeko Zaki wears an FBI windbreaker while holding up a cell phone

Actor Zeeko Zaki portrays Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan on FBI

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FBI

Zaki has won hearts playing Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan, a West Point grad who served two tours in Iraq before joining the F.B.I. A practicing Muslim, he is passionate about his heritage—and keeping America safe.

Originally appeared in Watch magazine in the July/August 2020 issue.

Watch FBI Tuesdays at 9pm/8pm(Central) on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

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