Retired Series Could Go Out on Top Tonight

Veep, Game of Thrones are up for final Emmys
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2019 12:21 PM CDT
Retired Series Could Go Out on Top Tonight
An image released by HBO shows Kit Harington, left, and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones."   (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

Tonight's 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will have no host, but there will be familiar faces. Game of Thrones and Veep—top HBO shows that aired their final episodes earlier this year—are up for best drama and best comedy series, NBC reports. GOT has already won a record 57 Emmys and has 32 nominations this time. It won 10 of those at a ceremony last weekend, so three awards tonight would break the show's record for 12 in one season, per the AP. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who's won six for her lead role in Veep and two before that, would become the most-honored performer in Emmy history with another victory.

Justice will be served in the case of Game of Thrones, writes Glenn Whipp in the Los Angeles Times. The series should win and will, he says, making for one crowded stage. The comedy category is another, more complicated story. Veep could win, Fleabag should win, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will win, Whipp predicts. Louis-Dreyfus will indeed set an individual record by winning, whether she should or not, he says. The three-hour ceremony will air at 8pm EDT on Fox. Although there won't be a host, Thomas Lennon will narrate, off camera, while the winners walk to the stage. The in-memoriam segment will include a performance by Halsey. (Game of Thrones set an HBO record on its way out.)

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