2018 Emmys: What time does the show start, who will win, who hosts?

Wondering what time that the 70th Emmy Awards start and what channel the show will be on? The Emmys kick off at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Monday, September 17 and air live nationwide on NBC. The three-hour ceremony from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles will be presided over by hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live” fame. Awards in 26 categories will be handed out and we are predicting the winners of all of these races.

We think that the battle for Best Drama Series is between reigning champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” and returning two-time winner “Game of Thrones.” Also returning to the mix are four sophomore series — “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld” — as well as the departing show “The Americans.”

With reigning three-time Comedy Series winner “Veep” ineligible this year as it did not air any new episodes, this fight looks to be between the second season of “Atlanta” and the first of “The Amazing Mrs. Maisel.” The other comedies in contention are: eight-time nominee “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” five-time contender “Silicon Valley,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for a fourth time, “black-ish” for a third and rookies “Barry” and “Glow.”

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We expect that “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” will prevail in four races: Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor (Darren Criss), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Penelope Cruz) and Best Movie/Mini Directing (Ryan Murphy).

“Saturday Night Live” is predicted to take home Emmys for Best Variety Sketch Series and Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate McKinnon). And “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” will repeat as Best Variety Talk Series.

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