Emmy Awards: HBO has two strong Drama Series contenders with ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Leftovers’

The reigning two-time Emmy winner of Best Drama Series, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” is not eligible this year as it won’t air any new episodes until the summer. However, the paycaster has two strong contenders with the freshman edition of “Westworld” and the third and final season of “The Leftovers.”

“Westworld,” which is overseen by movie wizzes J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, is based on the 1973 film of the same name about a park were guest interact with realistic robots  in a western motif. Problems arise as the androids exhibiting free-will.

This critically acclaimed sci-fi series won three prizes at the Critics’ Choice Movie and TV Awards last winter: Most Exciting New Series,  Best Drama Actress (Evan Rachel Wood) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton). Both actresses contended at the Golden Globes as did the show. Likewise, Newton and the ensemble were nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It also reaped bids from the PGA, DGA and WGA.

“The Leftovers” is set to conclude on June 4, just before Emmy nominations voting begins. While it has yet to break through with the TV academy, this series based on Tom Perotta‘s novel of the same name about a dystopian future is popular with the critics. Each of its first two seasons contended at the Critics’ Choice Awards. In 2015, supporting players Christopher Eccleston and Carrie Coon prevailed for the first season. Then Coon won up in lead for the second season while Eccleston was nominated again in supporting. Also in contention that year were leading man Justin Theroux and supporting actresses Anna Dowd and Regina King.

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