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Queens, nerds, and feel-good families vie for Emmy crown

From Reuters - September 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A British queen, a group of nerdy kids, a defiant handmaiden and a heart-tugging trio of siblings vie for the top prize on Sunday when the Primetime Emmy Awards will crown the best in a booming era of television.

The television industry, already disrupted by streaming platforms Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc, is on edge.

A drama series Emmy for Netflixs supernatural mystery Stranger Things or its royal series The Crown, or Hulus terrifying The Handmaids Tale, would mark the biggestbreakthrough in the television industry so far for a streaming service.

Holding out hope for traditional broadcasters is Comcast-owned NBCs emotional family drama This Is Us, which would be the first drama series from one of the four main U.S. broadcasters to take home the Emmy since thriller 24 in 2006.

Its like the last gasp of broadcasting in the top Emmy race, said veteran awards watcher Tom ONeil, founder of goldderby.com.

This Is Us also has acting nods for stars Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Milo Ventimiglia.

Elisabeth Moss looks a sure bet for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude in The Handmaids Tale, which would mark the first big award for Hulu, a joint venture between Time Warner Inc, Walt Disney Co, Fox and Comcast Corp.

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