Emmy nominations due out today

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Most of them, happily, were realized with Thursday's announcement.

Further down the list of Emmy nominees, online video observers can find more familiar names.

It also frees up some space in the acting categories, like Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Brown plays adopted son Randall Pearson and Ventimiglia portrays his father Jack Pearson on NBC's hit family drama. It's hard to say exactly who will win which nominations, but some are nearly guaranteed to at least get some sort of acknowledgement.

Since opening up its annual awards show to streaming services a few years ago, Netflix has quickly risen to the top of the ranks with its hugely popular original series. And Alec Baldwin won dual nominations, for hosting ABC's The Match Game revival and as best supporting comedy actor for playing Donald Trump on SNL.

St. Louisan Ellie Kemper was nominated again for Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", but her nearly impossible competition includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, who has won five years in a row. Netflix's "Stranger Things" and FX's "Feud: Bette and Joan" tied for second place, with 18 nods apiece. Two standout supporting players were also nominated, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia and Samira Wiley as Moira. HBO's "The Leftovers" which just wrapped its final season was left out of nominations all together.

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The most star-studded category, as ever, is best actor in a limited series or TV movie with the field led by Robert De Niro, who anchored HBO's "The Wizard of Lies" as Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernie Madoff. Breakout drama "This is Us" received 11 nods, including the first best-drama series for a broadcast network show since "The Good Wife" in 2011.

Talk show hosts Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and John Oliver, who also have mercilessly skewered Trump and his policies, won nominations in the variety show category.

The show's lack of eligibility has not hurt HBO's chances at the 2017 Emmys. Fallon aired a rerun Friday, otherwise the shows were all fresh last week. He'll be up against some stiff competition in the race for best lead actor in a comedy. Netflix's entry in this latter category is "Black Mirror".

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Vanessa Bayer, "Saturday Night Live"; Leslie Jones, "Saturday Night Live"; Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"; Kathryn Hahn, "Transparent"; Judith Light, "Transparent"; Anna Chlumsky, "Veep". And, contrary to my prediction, the legendary Rita Moreno did not get a nomination for Netflix's strong "One Day at a Time" reboot.

It was actress Shannon Purser's first-time nomination that seemed to be getting the biggest cheers from the corner of the Internet that still craves justice for the killed-too-soon "Stranger Things" favorite.

The first of the major shows, the Emmy Awards, will officially announce its nominations list on July 13, and I'm pumped to see who's going to snatch up some golden statuettes this year.

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