Who will win? A preview of the upcoming Emmy awards

Game of Thrones is the most nominated program of the night, with 23 total nominations

(Credit: CNN)
(Credit: CNN)

(CNN) – The Emmy awards celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in television, and this year’s nominees could not be more varied.

All eyes are on “Game of Thrones.” The HBO saga is the most nominated program of the night, with 23 total nominations.

Michael O’Connell, Senior Writer of The Hollywood Reporter noted, “It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Game of Thrones is going to reign supreme on Emmy night.”

Thrones vies for its second consecutive best drama series win, facing off against The Americans, Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, and newcomer Mr. Robot.

In an election year, perhaps it’s no coincidence the White House hijinks of “Veep” are ruling the comedy side. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus show nabbed 17 nominations.

According to O’Connell, “Everyone loved last season and I think it’s a favorite to win comedy.”

Veep has tough competition for best comedy series, though, with Black-ish, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Transparent and Netflix favorites Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

With 22 nominations, “The People vs. OJ Simpson” is the one to watch in the limited series categories. The critically acclaimed drama stars Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as the trouble-plagued former athlete.

“I honestly think that the Emmys will be like the formal coronation for The People vs. OJ Simpson,” said O’Connell. “No show has been more talked about, more universally praised.”

For the second time as emcee, Jimmy Kimmel will host the small screen’s biggest night. Expect the late night comedian to let the zingers fly. We’ll find out who has the last laugh at the 68th primetime Emmy awards.

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