In particular, Game of Thrones led the genre pack with a whopping 22 nominations in categories like Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
With women's rights advocates angry over President Donald Trump's nomination of a deeply conservative judge to serve on the Supreme Court, a show about a fictional nightmarish America run by a totalitarian regime bent on oppressing women is tipped to steal some of the thunder of "Thrones".
HBO has led the nominations for the last 17 years.
HBO, which was recently acquired by wireless carrier AT&T Inc, had 108 nominations, and noted in a statement that it was the eighth year it had gathered 100 nominations or more.
While there was a major turnover in the best comedy series category this year, helped by the absence of three-time victor Veep and also involving the snub of five-time victor Modern Family, an even bigger seismic shift happened last year in the best drama series field.
Ted Danson earned a surprise nomination on Thursday for his stellar performance as Michael on NBC's beloved comedy, The Good Place, in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category.
The nominees for best drama series were The Handmaid's Tale; Game of Thrones; This Is Us; The Crown; The Americans; Stranger Things; and Westworld. GLOW received eight additional nominations in various categories.
The Handmaid's Tale star Samira Wiley and New Amsterdam star Ryan Eggold were on hand to announce the nominations to the world on July 12 from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center.
Al Pacino, Kyle MacLachlan, and Michael B. Jordan were all in the hunt but missed out.
Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival didn't make the cut - producing bellyaching from its critical admirers - and while TNT's "The Alienist" and National Geographic Channel's second installment of "Genius", about Pablo Picasso, look like long shots against those heavyweights, they reflect the rising ambition exhibited by other networks in their bid to make a mark with scripted programming.
It was a deep year of nominations for minority performers, who accounted for over one-third of Thursday's acting nominees.
The 2018 Emmy Awards will air Monday, September 17 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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