Tuesday's nominations could be 'the last hurrah for the Emmy giants'
LOS ANGELES — When a long-running, much-admired television series ends, Emmy voters can bring the show and its stars back for a final bow — or give them the bum's rush.
"Game of Thrones," ''Veep" and "The Big Bang Theory," three major series that wrapped last season, will find out with Tuesday's nominations if they get another shot at Emmy gold or have been overshadowed by shiny new rivals such as "Pose" and "Fleabag."
HBO's gore-and-dragons fantasy saga and its Washington satire "Veep" look well-positioned to garner top series and cast nominations, even though some fans and critics dinged (OK, savaged) "Game of Thrones" for an uneven season.
The 71st Emmy Awards show airs Sept. 22 on Fox.
It promises to be "the last hurrah of the Emmy giants," Tom O'Neil, author of "The Emmys" and editor of the Gold Derby awards handicapping website, said of the premium cable series. "In all likelihood, they'll get their farewell hug, because we know that the Emmys are a lot like TV reruns: they repeat," he said.
"Game of Thrones" and "Veep" are fierce competitors, with each winning the last three times they were in contention. "Game of Thrones" is poised to reap nods for stars including Peter Dinklage, the only cast member to win an Emmy (make that three), and Emilia Clarke. After several supporting actress nods for her portrayal of ill-fated Daenerys Targaryen, Clarke is seeking best-actress honors.
There is competition afoot for "Game of Thrones" in the drama series category from "Pose," set in 1980s New York and the ball culture world, and "Killing Eve" with Sandra Oh. Last year, Oh became the first person of Asian ancestry to snare an Emmy nod for best drama series actress.
The comedy races look especially tight.
"Veep" sat out 2018 because of a production delay while star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was treated for breast cancer. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" took streaming's first best comedy trophy and its star, Rachel Brosnahan, won best comedy acting honors.
Brosnahan and Louis-Dreyfus are likely contenders this year. The latter has collected six trophies for her "Veep" role as ex-President Selina Meyer and, with her Emmys for "Seinfeld" and "New Adventures of Old Christine," is tied with Cloris Leachman at eight for the most-winning performer ever.
Those seeking to invade her turf include Phoebe Waller-Bridge for "Fleabag" and Natasha Lyonne for "Russian Doll," while "Veep" itself could be challenged by their shows and Golden Globe-winning "Barry," starring Bill Hader.
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