With so much to watch on traditional television and streaming services, the Emmys can be a useful compass by which to navigate what's worth watching in this peak TV era. In this special, we get to know 13 people who are nominated for their work on the small screen from this past year.
Hear their interviews plus what John and Lorraine think the television medium is contributing to our wider culture today.
The nominees featured in The Frame Emmy Special are (in alphabetical order):
Chloe Arnold, "The Late Late Show With James Corden", CBS, Outstanding Choreography
W. Kamau Bell, "United Shades of America", CNN, Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program; Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Kenya Barris, "Black-ish", ABC, Outstanding Comedy Series
Alexis Bledel, "The Handmaid's Tale", Hulu, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Carrie Brownstein, "Portlandia", IFC, Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
Jeff Daniels, "The Looming Tower" (Hulu) and "Godless" (Netflix), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (respectively)
Bill Hader, "Barry" HBO, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series; Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series; Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Brian Tyree Henry, "Atlanta", FX, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Cult", FX, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Silverman, "I Love You, America", Hulu, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, "Game of Thrones", HBO, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Finally, the Special is limited by time but at the end Lorraine and John give shout outs to unsung Emmy nomineees Issa Rae and her show "Insecure" and to the enduring legacy of the late Anthony Bourdain and his show "Parts Unknown."