‘This is Us’ leads Emmy resurgence for broadcast TV network dramas

NBC’s “This is Us” is the first Emmy nominee for Best Drama Series from a commercial broadcast network since CBS’s “The Good Wife” in 2011. It intends to be the first commercial broadcast drama to win since “24” in 2006. Leading dramas in acting nominations, with seven across four categories, “This is Us” tag-teamed with ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” to ensure that the commercial broadcast networks were represented in all six drama acting categories for the first time since 2011.

With the rise of cable and the advent of streaming, the TV academy has increasingly turned from ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC. Dramas from the big five American networks this year have a combined 20 nominations, which is the most in four years, but 11 of the nominations are for “This is Us.” The Emmys nominated a historic low seven commercial broadcast dramas, following 2016 yielding 17 nominations from 10 dramas, 2015 yielding 19 from nine, 2014 yielding 19 from 12, and 2013 yielding 22 from 11.

“This is Us” is the most nominated new broadcast drama since ABC’s “Lost” in 2005, but it is only the fifth most nominated new drama this year; HBO’s “Westworld” is the most honored new drama since HBO’s “Six Feet Under” in 2002. One of the few categories in which “Westworld” was snubbed was Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination, which has no cable nominees this year and only one streaming nominee: Netflix’s “Luke Cage.” The stunt coordinators’ branch of the academy has resisted the shifting television landscape like no other.

Following 2013, 2014 and 2016, this is the fourth year in which Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination is the only category in which commercial broadcast dramas comprise the majority of nominees. (Voting in the Stunt Coordination categories was open in 2015 to the actors’ and directors’ branches in addition to the stunt coordinators’ branch, which resulted in NBC’s “The Blacklist” being the lone broadcast drama nominated for Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination that year, opposite four cable dramas.) The stunt coordinators notably snubbed HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in both 2012 and 2013, although the show won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Stunt Ensemble those years.

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Drama series on the big five English-language American commercial broadcast television networks received these 2017 Emmy nominations:


“How to Get Away with Murder” Season 3:
– Best Drama Actress (Viola Davis)
– Best Drama Guest Actress (Cicely Tyson)


“MacGyver” Season 1:
– Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination (Jeff Wolfe)


no dramas nominated


“Empire” Season 3:
– Best Contemporary Costumes (Paolo Nieddu & Jennifer Salim & Mary Lane)

“Gotham” Season 3:
– Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination (Norman Douglass)
– Best Series Sound Editing (George Haddad, et al.)
– Best Supporting Visual Effects (Thomas Mahoney, et al.)


“The Blacklist” Season 4:
– Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination (Cort L. Hessler III)

“Blindspot” Season 2:
– Best Drama/Limited/Movie Stunt Coordination (Christopher Place)

“This is Us” Season 1:
– Best Contemporary Costumes (Hala Bahmet & Marina Ray & Elinor Bardach)
– Best Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown)
– Best Drama Actor (Milo Ventimiglia)
– Best Drama Casting (Bernard Telsey & Tiffany Little Canfield)
– Best Drama Guest Actor (Brian Tyree Henry)
– Best Drama Guest Actor (Denis O’Hare)
– Best Drama Guest Actor (Gerald McRaney)
– Best Drama Series (Dan Fogelman, et al.)
– Best Drama Supporting Actor (Ron Cephas Jones)
– Best Drama Supporting Actress (Chrissy Metz)
– Best Single-Camera Makeup (Zoe Hay, et al.)

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