The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards are right around the corner, and we're happy to explain how to watch the 2018 Emmy Awards — this year's awards should definitely prove worth watching. For one thing, Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost are hosting the awards ceremony, and an astonishing number of their coworkers have been nominated for awards. Che and Jost weren't my first choice for the hosting gig, but they play off each other well — provided they stick to the script and don't, for example, allow Che to go on any questionable tangents, their energy should keep the show moving right along.
It's also a refreshing year in terms of diversity. Shows up for 2018 Emmy Awards include Black-ish, Atlanta, Seven Seconds, Killing Eve, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and more — all of which were written, created by, directed, and/or star people of color. Not to mention, shows like The Americans (RIP) will be making an appearance for the last time, and HBO's Game of Thrones (we miss it!) has on-screen family members up for competing roles. So if you weren't planning to watch the Emmy Awards this year, you might want to reconsider.
First, you have your good ol' standby: Network television. The 2018 Emmys will air on NBC exclusively, which means that if you have even basic cable, you'll be able to watch it. The actual event kicks off on Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m. PST, with three or so hours of red carpet festivities beforehand. You know, if you like your celebrities all dressed up and excited to talk to reporters about their work.
Since red carpets have killed certain segments (like the "Manicure Cam") in favor of offering stars opportunities to discuss things that matter, the red carpet walkups might be more interesting than you remember. Since they cut the idle chatter, there's a chance your fave actors will have the chance to speak at length about politics, their preferred activist causes, the #MeToo movement, and more. That's so much better than finding out what designer they're wearing. (If you're really anti-red carpet interviews, you'll want to avoid NBC, E!, and similar channels right up until 5 p.m. PST.)
If you're ahead of the curve and have cut ties with regular cable, though, don't worry! There are options for you. Outside of regular television, viewers can also tune in to the 2018 Emmy Awards on NBC.com, or download the official NBC app to stream it on any supported mobile device. Facebook has the exclusive stream for backstage coverage, so viewers can stay in the loop for the entire experience.
Even if you don't keep up with awards season, this year's Emmys should be a joy to watch. In addition to hosts Jost and Che, NBC is promising a bevy of celebrity presenters. Tina Fey will present an award, for example, as will Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things, Kit Harington from Game of Thrones, Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, Taraji P. Henson, and Sandra Oh, among others.
This year, Netflix finally topped HBO for total number of nominations — the streaming service nabbed 112, compared to the premium channel's 108 — but it's HBO's Game of Thrones that scored the most nominations for one program. On-screen brothers Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage both have a shot at Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. May the best Lannister win!
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the festivities, and actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. The Handmaid's Tale stars Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel are all up for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Game of Thrones and Westworld are the most-nominated dramas of the year.