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.
Star Trek: Discovery for Outstanding Drama Series
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
The Neighborhood for Outstanding Comedy Series
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 Late Show With Stephen Colbert for Outstanding Variety Talk Series
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 Bite for Outstanding Drama Series
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
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.
Your Honor for Outstanding Limited Series
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
The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails for Outstanding Reality Competition
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
The Comey Rule for Outstanding Limited Series
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
The Equalizer for Outstanding Drama Series
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
The Late Late Show With James Corden for Outstanding Variety Talk Series
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 Stand for Outstanding Limited Series
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
Star Trek: Lower Decks for Outstanding Animation
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