Netflix has just become the top Emmy-nominated network

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Last year, FX's "Atlanta" was the lone freshman comedy to break into the series race at the Emmys, while the drama category saw five of its seven nominees be first-timers.

Game of Thrones leads this year's pack of Emmy nominees with 22 nods overall, including for Outstanding Drama Series.

The show about noble families vying for the Iron Throne faces tough competition from perennial favorite comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live and HBO stablemate Westworld with 21 nominations each.

Netflix's 112 nominations took away the front-runner title that HBO held since 2001, giving cable and broadcast networks more reason to fear their future as the TV industry continues to change.

For the first time since 2001, HBO did not lead the nominations.

In the drama and comedies series categories, NBC drama "This Is Us" and ABC sitcom "black-ish" are the sole network contenders. A quick look at social media would likely reveal how excited TV viewers are over the fact that their favourite shows have been nominated, but it may also highlight how many people are in disbelief over the shocking snobs made by the Academy this year.

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"Stranger Things" executive producer and director Shawn Levy said the streaming service was a joy to work with.

The 2018 Emmy Awards will air Monday, September 17 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" was also showered with praise, as was "The Handmaid's Tale's" supporting cast, coming off a just-concluded second season that gave them an opportunity to shine.

"You are basically writing a show about the way you pray that the world won't go, and then it starts going that way".

NBC's "This Is Us", the show about a multicultural family that premiered to huge critical acclaim past year, received its second nomination for drama series. It was not in the running in 2017.

That includes supporting actor in a comedy series, with black actors Tituss Burguss ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Brian Tyree Henry ("Atlanta") and Kenan Thompson ("Saturday Night Live") and Tony Shalhoub ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"), of Lebanese descent, competing with Louie Anderson ("Baskets") Alec Baldwin ("Saturday Night Live") and Henry Winkler ("Barry"). "Master of None" star Aziz Ansari, who is of Indian heritage, was the sole Asian-American to be nominated for a continuing series lead or supporting role.