The 2019 Emmy nominations saw HBO
surging back to the top of the pack, thanks to the final season of “Game of Thrones
,” which scored a record 32 nominations. Perhaps it was to be expected that the epic drama would keep its network at the center of awards conversations, but, happily, it couldn’t dominate every category. Comedy, especially, opened up this year to welcome plenty of new faces, representing an overdue and refreshing change of pace. Here, Variety
’s TV critics talk about key themes of this year’s Emmy ballot.
Daniel D’Addario: I’ll start with the heavy hitters — the signature, departed hits from nomination leader HBO, both past winners and both likely to repeat again. I share in the general consensus that the level of recognition for both “Game of Thrones
” and “Veep
” is no surprise. With that said, there are surprises within those nominations. I had perceived