When Are the 2019 Emmys?

The biggest night in television might look a little different this year. The Television Academy and Fox are considering taking a page from the Oscars playbook and not having a host for this year’s Emmy Awards, Variety reports. If that happens, it would be the first time since 2003 that the ceremony would not have a host.

Unlike other networks, Fox, which will air this year’s Emmys, doesn’t have a late-night show host who is an obvious candidate to take on the emceeing job, the trade magazine explained. However, nothing is set in stone, and there’s still a possibility that a host will be selected. Last year, Michael Che and Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live hosted when the Emmys aired on NBC.

Even if Fox and the Academy decide they want a host, finding someone willing to take on the role might be hard, given the amount scrutiny any host is sure to face.

“It’s a tough job and it’s kind of a thankless job,” former host Jimmy Fallon told Variety.

The 2019 Emmys will take place on September 22

Emmy award statues
Emmy statues | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

The 71st Emmy Awards will take air live on September 22, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on Fox.

The award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT). Academy members are voting on nominees through June 24.

What shows will be nominated?

It will be several more weeks until Emmy Award nominations are announced, but there are plenty of predictions about which shows will get a nod. Several prominent shows aired their final episodes this year, including Veep, Game of Thrones, and The Big Bang Theory. Will they be Emmy frontrunners? Possibly, but there’s no shortage of competition.

In the drama category, shows like Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, House of Cards, Pose, and Ozark could take on likely nominee (and three-time best drama series winner) Game of Thrones. This year, 165 shows are eligible in the category, up from 159 last year.

Better Call Saul
Michael McKean and Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul | Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures

Veep is likely to get a nod in the outstanding comedy series category, where other possible contenders among 108 eligible shows include last year’s winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Fleabag, Barry, The Kominsky Method, and Russian Doll are among the other show’s that could get nominated.

In the packed limited series category, two top contenders are HBO’s Sharp Objects and Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora. Other possible nominees among the 35 eligible series include When They See Us, Netflix’s miniseries about the notorious Central Park Five case, Fosse/Verdon, Chernobyl, The Little Drummer Girl, and A Very English Scandal.

One prominent show definitely won’t be nominated in the limited series category. The second season of Big Little Lies started airing after the eligibility window closed. That means that fans will have to wait until next year to see if Meryl Streep will take home her third Emmy for her work in the HBO show.

And there’s another well-known actress who won’t get a nod this year. Felicity Huffman’s name isn’t on the nomination ballot for her work in When They See Us. She plays prosecutor Linda Fairstein in the series, but her own involvement in the college admissions scandal ruined her award chances.  

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