Earlier this morning, the nominations for the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, where HBO's "Watchmen" surprisingly led the way with 26 nominations, easily topping the Limited Series by more than double its closest competitor ("Mrs. America" with 10). "Succession" and "Ozark" lead the way for Drama Series with 18 each, while "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" dominated the Comedies with 20.
As far as surprises go, I'd have to say the biggest was probably seeing both Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks snubbed for "Better Call Saul," where they both usually nab a spot in their respective categories. I would say that perhaps the Television Academy is cooling towards the show, but seeing as how they've yet to award it a single Emmy over its entire run, and only gave it seven nods for the latest season, it's hard to say why they were both suddenly dropped.
It was rather unfortunate to see "The Great" left out of a number of Comedy categories, including Series, Actress (Elle Fanning), and Supporting Actor (Nicholas Hoult). It's particularly strange because the show earned two major nods for Writing and Directing, so they clearly like the show, which only makes it more puzzling as to how it got left out of the other major categories.
The biggest surprise in the Drama section is obviously the inclusion of "The Mandalorian," the outstanding "Star Wars"-based show on Disney+. It racked up an impressive 15 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actor for Giancarlo Espisito (who also got a nod for "Better Call Saul").
Meanwhile, in the Comedies, it's rather interesting to note that "Schitt's Creek," which made a great showing with 15 nods, was the only program to get all of the major nominations (Series, Directing, Writing, and Acting), so it would appear to be the one to beat. Drama appears to be between "Succession" and "Ozark," though with the former having already won several major awards for its most recent season, it would appear to have the edge. Both shows have all of the major nods, but it's worth noting that the excellent "The Crown" does as well, so it shouldn't be counted out. As for Limited Series, the nominations would appear to say that "Watchmen" is by far the most popular pick.
We'll just have to wait until the night of the ceremony (whatever form it may take) on Sunday, September 20th to find out.
In the meantime, please see below for a partial list of the major nominations. You can also find a complete list of the nominations as a PDF here.