2017 Emmys: What time does the show start, who will win, who hosts?

The 69th annual edition of the Emmy Awards begin at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 17. Awards in 27 categories will be handed out at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles during a three-hour ceremony hosted by Stephen Colbert that airs live nationwide on CBS. We are predicting the winners of all the races.

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The battle for Best Drama Series is between five first-year series: “Stranger Things” and “Westworld,” which both won five Creative Arts Emmy Awards last weekend,  as well as “The Crown,” The Handmaid’s Tale” and “This Is Us.” Perennial also-rans “Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards,” round out the race. While “The Handmaid’s Tale” is forecast to win three Emmys —  Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Best Drama Writing (“Offred”), and Best Drama Directing (“Offred”) — we are predicting that “Stranger Things” will win the series award.

Reigning two-time Comedy Series winner “Veep” faces a strong challenge from newcomer “Atlanta.” We give the edge to “Veep” with star Julia Louis-Dreyfus predicted to win Best Comedy Actress for the sixth year in a row. “Atlanta” multi-hyphenate Donald Glover will win for both acting and directing (“B.A.N.”). The other comedies in contention are: five-time past champ “Modern Family,” four-time nominee “Silicon Valley,” third-year series – “black-ish” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — and the sophomore season of “Master of None.”

We expect that “Big Little Lies,” will sweep all six of its races: Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actress (Nicole Kidman), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Laura Dern), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgard), Best Movie/Mini Directing (Jean-Marc Vallee), and Best Movie/Mini Writing (David E. Kelley).

“Saturday Night Live” is predicted to go five for six, winning Best Variety Sketch Series, Best Variety Series Directing, Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate McKinnon), and Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin). The only race we think it will lose is the combined Best Variety Series Writing to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” which will repeat as Best Variety Talk Series.

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