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How To Watch Tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards Online & On TV

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The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards caps a weeklong procession of honoring the best of 2020 in television Sunday with a hybrid virtual ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

The ceremony will also stream on ABC.com, and the full week of Emmy shows will be available on-demand and on ABC app for seven days with authentication.

HBO and Netflix go into tonight’s Primetime Emmy finale tied with 19 wins apiece overall, as the latter came into the week with a record 160 nominations overall. HBO’s Watchmen and Disney+’s The Mandalorian have the most wins for an individual program so far with seven each; both are looking for more hardware in marquee categories tonight. Watchmen had a leading 26 individual nominations going into this week.

Mirroring a year like no other, the ABC telecast tonight will be unlike any other, with about 90% of the show live despite very few people being in one place. Instead, organizers have dispersed 130 camera systems to potential winners in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and elsewhere, for hopefully glitch-free communications with Kimmel, who will be based at an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles with only a few presenters joining him.

In an effort to streamline, ABC’s broadcast on Sunday will feature 23 awards handed out, down from the usual 27 categories (see the full list of categories below so you can follow along with Deadline’s complete coverage.). It will be getting help from presenters including Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Anthony Anderson, Gabrielle Union, J.J. Watt. Lena Waithe., Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Morgan Freeman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ty Burrell, Ken Jeong, Mindy Kaling, Tatiana Maslany, Bob Newhart, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart, Jason Sudeikis, D-Nice and Sesame Street’s Count Von Count.

Grammy winner H.E.R. will takes the stage for the ceremony’s annual “In Memoriam” performance.

Check here for how to watch the ceremony outside the U.S.

The usual pre-show Emmy staples are also adapting to the new normal as red carpets and in-person interviews are also no-go’s this year.

E’s Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards will be headlined by Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox along with the network’s style guru Brad Goreski, pop culture expert Naz Perez and E! News’ The Rundown host Erin Lim from the Universal lot. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT with the countdown show and wraps after the ceremony with E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards immediately following.

ABC’s streaming channel ABC News Live will air a live virtual 90-minute pre-show Countdown to the Emmys beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT hosted by GMA Weekend co-anchors Eva Pilgrim and Whit Johnson and ABC News correspondent Janai Norman, all from from ABC News HQ in New York. Correspondent Chris Connelly and ESPN’s The Undefeated’s Kelley Carter will be live outside Staples Center.

In Los Angeles, KTLA5’s Countdown to the Emmys returns for its annual pre-show hosted by Sam Rubin, Jessica Holmes, Doug Kolk and Megan Henderson (2-5 p.m. PT). Online, the People & Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live: At Home!, hosted by Jeremy Parsons and Makho Ndlovu, kicks off at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT at People TV, People.com and EW.com.

Here’s tonight’s list of categories and nominees (in run-of-show-order):

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Issa Rae, Insecure

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

The Good Place • Whenever You’re Ready
NBC • Universal Television in association with Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment
Michael Schur, Written by

The Great • The Great
Hulu • Civic Center Media / MRC Television
Tony McNamara, Written by

Schitt’s Creek • Happy Ending
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Daniel Levy, Written by

Schitt’s Creek • The Presidential Suite
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
David West Read, Written by

What We Do In The Shadows • Collaboration
FX Networks • FX Productions
Sam Johnson, Written by
Chris Marcil, Written by

What We Do In The Shadows • Ghosts
FX Networks • FX Productions
Paul Simms, Written by

What We Do In The Shadows • On The Run
FX Networks • FX Productions
Stefani Robinson, Written by

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

The Great • The Great (Pilot)
Hulu • Civic Center Media / MRC Television
Matt Shakman, Directed by

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • It’s Comedy Or Cabbage
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Amy Sherman-Palladino, Directed by

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel • Marvelous Radio
Prime Video • Amazon Studios
Daniel Palladino, Directed by

Modern Family • Finale Part 2
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Gail Mancuso, Directed by

Ramy • Miakhalifa.mov
Hulu • A24 Television
Ramy Youssef, Directed by

Schitt’s Creek • Happy Ending
Pop TV • Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.
Andrew Cividino, Directed by
Daniel Levy, Directed by

Will & Grace • We Love Lucy
NBC • Universal Television in association with KoMut Entertainment and Three Princesses and a P
James Burrows, Directed by

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

COMEDY SERIES

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Insecure

Schitt’s Creek

What We Do in the Shadows

Dead to Me

The Good Place

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

VARIETY TALK SERIES

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Regina King, Watchmen

Octavia Spencer, Self Made

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much is True

WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

Mrs. America • Shirley
FX Networks • FX Productions
Tanya Barfield, Written by

Normal People • Episode 3
Hulu • Hulu Originals in association with BBC
Sally Rooney, Written by
Alice Birch, Written by

Unbelievable • Episode 1
Netflix • CBS Television Studios
Susannah Grant, Teleplay by
Michael Chabon, Teleplay by
Ayelet Waldman, Teleplay by

Unorthodox • Part 1
Netflix • Studio Airlift and RealFilm
Anna Winger, Written by

Watchmen • This Extraordinary Being
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Damon Lindelof, Written by
Cord Jefferson, Written by

DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

Little Fires Everywhere • Find A Way
Hulu • ABC Signature Studios / Hello Sunshine
Lynn Shelton, Directed by

Normal People • Episode 5
Hulu • Hulu Originals in association with BBC
Lenny Abrahamson, Directed by

Unorthodox • Netflix • Studio Airlift and RealFilm
Maria Schrader, Directed by

Watchmen • It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Nicole Kassell, Directed by

Watchmen • Little Fear Of Lightning
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Steph Green, Directed by

Watchmen • This Extraordinary Being
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with White Rabbit, Paramount Television, Warner Bros. Television & DC Comics
Stephen Williams, Directed by

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

LIMITED SERIES

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America

Unbelievable

Unorthodox

Watchmen

COMPETITION PROGRAM

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Zendaya, Euphoria

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul • Bad Choice Road
AMC • High Bridge, Crystal Diner, Gran Via Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Thomas Schnauz, Written by

Better Call Saul • Bagman
AMC • High Bridge, Crystal Diner, Gran Via Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Gordon Smith, Written by

The Crown • Aberfan
Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Peter Morgan, Written by

Ozark • All In
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Chris Mundy, Written by

Ozark • Boss Fight
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
John Shiban, Written by

Ozark • Fire Pink
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Miki Johnson, Written by

Succession • This Is Not For Tears
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Jesse Armstrong, Written by

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Crown • Aberfan
Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Benjamin Caron, Directed by

The Crown • Cri de Coeur
Netflix • Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television
Jessica Hobbs, Directed by

Homeland • Prisoners Of War
Showtime • Fox21 Television Studios, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet
Lesli Linka Glatter, Directed by

The Morning Show • The Interview
Apple TV+ • Media Res
Mimi Leder, Directed by

Ozark • Fire Pink
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Alik Sakharov, Directed by

Ozark • Su Casa Es Mi Casa
Netflix • Media Rights Capital
Ben Semanoff, Directed by

Succession • Hunting
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Andrij Parekh, Directed by

Succession • This Is Not For Tears
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions
Mark Mylod, Directed by

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Julia Garner, Ozark

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Sarah Snook, Succession

DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Stranger Things

Succession

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