With the imminent arrival of many new Best Drama Series nominees, two former winners destined to face off in the Comedy Series race, and more outstanding Limited Series than the average viewer has time to watch, the 2019 Emmys are shaping up to be one wild ride. The opportunity is there, within the nominations and future winners, for new and old series alike to make their mark on history, and the competition for every single category at the 71st Primetime Emmys is going to be fierce.
Last year saw “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” take home the top prizes, while the TV Academy spread the love as a slew of other notable programs snagged trophies, too. This year, would-be competitors seem to be getting out of the way of HBO’s juggernaut. Previous Emmy winners like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” and “Big Little Lies” (which will now qualify as a drama series) are all airing outside the eligibility window. That leaves room for new contenders to stake their claim to Emmy glory.