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Emmys preview: What to expect from television’s big night

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Painter Eddie Garcia touches up a statue of the Emmy Award on September 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, ahead of this weekend's 69th Emmy Awards. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

The Emmys are here... again. And despite the fact that the awards show has a track record for being predictable (i.e. Julia Louis Dreyfuss), this year is already setting some precedent.

As reported by Vanity Fair, “Master of None” star Lena Waithe is the first black woman ever to be nominated for best writer in a comedy series. If Waithe wins, she’ll beat out Donald Glover of “Atlanta” and David Mandel of “Veep.” And Dreyfuss may make history as the first actress in a comedy to win six years in a row. And NBC’s “This is Us” could bring television full circle as the first network series in a decade to win best drama.

Variety has put out their critics picks with “Atlanta” as most likely to succeed for best comedy series. And with five new drama series this year, three of which are genre shows, the Academy will have to make some hard choices on whether they want to award a big hit like “Stranger Thing” or a prestige thinker like “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tracy Ellis Ross of “Black-ish,” Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid's Tale” and Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul” are all getting buzz as front-runners for best actress and actor in their respective comedy and drama series categories. And A-list star Nicole Kidman is the one critics are pegging for the lead actress in a miniseries or movie category for “Big Little Lies.” Her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, is also a contender. And what can we expect from Emmy host Stephen Colbert?

Larry speaks to Deadline Hollywood critic and editor Dominic Patten for more of a sneek peek into the 2017 Emmys.

Guest:

Dominic Patten, chief TV critic and a senior editor at the entertainment news site, Deadline Hollywood

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