Oprah Winfrey watched the primary episode of “The Handmaid’s Story.” And a part of the second. However she stopped there, unable to proceed watching the grim occasions depicted in Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s cautionary novel depicting a future by which ladies are subjugated, managed and, in some instances, ceremonially raped.

“It is simply so darkish,” Winfrey says. “It is virtually an excessive amount of to witness. It shakes you to the core. I’ll get there … it’s a tremendous present. However it’s going to take a while.”

We all know that Emmy voters have an excessive amount of to observe. However one of many key issues Thursday’s nominations announcement will reveal is which packages Tv Academy members selected to take a look at and which they willfully ignored. In case you can’t watch every little thing — and you may’t, consider me, I’ve tried — then what falls to the wayside? Terrible, plodding exhibits, positive. (Should you made it previous Episode three of Netflix’s “Gypsy,” to quote a current instance, you deserve a cookie.) But in addition difficult fare like “The Handmaid’s Story” — packages that make you uncomfortable, packages that make you assume.

Perhaps I’m imagining a special sort of dystopian future, the place one of many yr’s most celebrated collection is handed over in favor of, say, one other season of “Home of Playing cards.” Assume it may possibly’t occur? Final yr, the 21,000-plus members of the Tv Academy, principally males, thought Jerry Seinfeld having espresso with comedians (principally males) deserved a nomination greater than Samantha Bee’s fearless, feminist broadside “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.”

So, sure, the Emmys stay able to delivering soul-crushing disappointments. Which brings me to the primary of a number of questions rattling round in my head on the eve of nominations …

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On this saturated time of Peak TV, can there even be such a factor as an Emmy snub?

First, let me notice once more that I don’t actually consider in the entire idea of snubs, because it implies an lively spurning on behalf of voters. Often, it’s a easy matter of individuals liking a present or efficiency a bit greater than one other present or efficiency. Bee’s “snub” final yr wasn’t a rebuff, extra simply one other instance of how clueless voters can typically be.

That stated, snubs do sometimes occur. Ben Affleck not incomes an Oscar nomination for guiding “Argo”? Snub. A case of administrators department voters thumbing their noses at a reasonably boy actor infringing on their territory.

This yr’s Emmy nominations might see a few politically motivated shunnings within the selection speak collection class. Jimmy Fallon fawns over all his friends, however his innocuous interview with Donald Trump, which ended with the host tousling the Republican presidential candidate’s hair, nonetheless angers loads of business individuals 9 months after it aired. If Fallon’s “Tonight Present” fails to earn a nomination, it may be appropriately learn as a snub.

Likewise, Invoice Maher’s inexcusable use of the “N” phrase on his present final month will value him loads of votes and fairly probably a nomination. Then once more, Maher has smirked his strategy to 38 nominations through the years, so one other nod wouldn’t be a shock. It’d be pathetic, however that’s a special, bigger dialog.

As for the daring-confronted names who could be ignored, it’s potential that Oprah Winfrey’s highly effective flip within the HBO film “The Immortal Lifetime of Henrietta Lacks” gained’t make the reduce in a crowded restricted-collection/TV film lead actress area dominated by the ladies of “Feud: Bette and Joan” and “Huge Little Lies.” With Winfrey, as is usually the case with Steven Spielberg, voters may assume, at the least subconsciously, “She has the whole lot. She doesn’t want an Emmy nomination.”

Will the Emmys have trigger to brag about inclusiveness once more this yr?

There have been 18 nominees of shade for appearing awards on the 2016 Emmys, and a number of other ladies have been nominated for guiding.

“I’ll inform you, the Emmys are so numerous this yr, the Oscars at the moment are telling individuals we’re one in every of their closest buddies,” host Jimmy Kimmel joked within the present’s opening monologue.

This yr’s numbers might even be a bit stronger, with Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” primed for a number of nominations, Issa Rae’s “Insecure” within the combine for comedy and Rita Moreno among the many comedy supporting actress entrance-runners for “One Day at a Time.” Thandie Newton ought to safe a nod for “Westworld,” and Sterling Okay. Brown, a winner final yr for enjoying Christopher Darden in “The Individuals v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” might add one other Emmy to his mantle for his stellar work on “This Is Us.”

Is that this the Emmy finish for “Home of Playing cards” and “Trendy Household”?

“Trendy Household” has been nominated for each considered one of its seven seasons, profitable 5 collection Emmys. “Home of Playing cards” has by no means taken the drama collection Emmy, however has been nominated for all 4 of its seasons.

Tv academy voters are likely to reward their favorites till the exhibits (or they themselves) die, however even with seven collection slots, it’s not wanting good for both of those stalwarts. On the drama aspect, there’s too many good new packages — “The Crown,’ “Stranger Issues,” “This Is Us,” “The Handmaid’s Story,” “Westworld” — for “Playing cards” to compete. The comedy area isn’t fairly as robust, so I might see “Trendy Household” squeaking in for an eighth time forward of, say, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Grasp of None” or “Insecure.” If voters are feeling sentimental, the excellent remaining season of “Women” can be a worthy selection.

Maintain up. You simply talked about loads of Netflix exhibits in that final reply. Simply what number of packages from the streamer will probably be nominated?

4. “Stranger Issues” and “The Crown” for drama, “Grasp of None” and “Kimmy Schmidt” for comedy. HBO ought to have three (absent the ineligible “Recreation of Thrones”): “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Westworld.”

What Emmy nomination will make individuals the happiest on Thursday?

Nominees’ moms however, how about Carrie Fisher for her last efficiency on Amazon’s “Disaster,” shot days earlier than she died in December? It was about as good a ship-off to Fisher as you would ask for, notably the episode’s final scene that discovered her character waxing poetic on her favourite (fictional) TV present: “My Youngsters Are Schizophrenic.”

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