Emmy voter reveals brutally honest ballot: Aziz Ansari is 'unbearable' and 'Better Call Saul' is 'a small show about small people'

Best Drama Series

This was a really tough category this year. The one that I took off right away was Better Call Saul — it’s what I call “a why show” because, even though they’ve had some good episodes, I do not understand why they’re doing it. Did the Breaking Bad universe really need to be expanded? No. This is a show about small people with small problems. I don’t mind one or the other, but both?

House of Cards is a show that has been good in the past, but it’s just not as fun as it once was — the performances are great, the production value is through the roof, but they just took the story too far. I loved Stranger Things, but I could never stop thinking that I was watching a Spielberg movie that had already been made. To its credit, I really believed that I was in the '80s, which is not an easy thing to pull off — The Americans does it, too — but ultimately it was a haunted house movie that was dragged out over 10 episodes. The parts were greater than the whole.

I think any of the others — The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us or Westworld — would be a deserving winner. I eliminated Handmaid’s Tale because I felt that, as an adaptation of a book, the work that they had to do was less challenging than creating something out of whole cloth, even though they did it brilliantly and she [Elisabeth Moss] is amazing. I eliminated The Crown despite the fact that John Lithgow is off-the-charts good — in my view, any actor who can do Third Rock from the Sun and Dexter and Winston Churchill is a genius — because the problems of the monarchy just seem a bit insignificant compared to those explored in other shows.

I loved Westworld — I watched “The Bicameral Mind” episode three times because I really wanted to understand it — but I think they ended up getting a bit too clever by half, and it engaged my mind but never really engaged my heart as much as I wanted it to. In contrast, that’s precisely what This Is Us did do — I cried unabashedly at three-quarters of the episodes, and that’s not an easy thing to make me do, especially when the show is constantly being interrupted by stupid car commercials. How do you do that?! The cast is magnificent across the board and the writers aren’t playing on cheap sentiment; they’re dealing with deep stuff. How do we survive as a family? What is our identity in this society? Who are we? I never missed an episode. It’s the first network show that I’ve voted for since The Good Wife. I was so happy to vote for it.

My vote: This Is Us (NBC)

Read more: Emmy Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot: 'Westworld' Is "Pretentious Bullshit," 'This Is Us' Had Me "in Tears"

Best Comedy Series

I was shocked that Speechless did not get nominated — I think that it’s the most overlooked show. And I think that the young woman on The Middle, Eden something-or- other [Sher], is the most overlooked actress on television — she’s never even been nominated! Anyway, I immediately eliminated Modern Family — I have voted for it in the past, but at this point I don’t see anything new going on there, I just find that they’ve hit a wall, I don’t find it funny and I’m surprised it even got a nomination. I next eliminated another show that I have voted for in the past, Silicon Valley, which is just covering the same old ground — the stories are repetitive, the characters are not that interesting anymore, I haven’t felt anything new at all and Thomas Middleditch is doing more acting in his Verizon commercials than on his show.

Black-ish? I don’t get it. Anthony Anderson [as the character Dre] is so needy that it just takes me completely out of the show, plus I’ve never liked “A very special episode of...;” stunts, and they did more than their share of those this year, like the one, “I’m afraid to be an African-American in America,” which ABC literally promoted as “A very special episode of...;”

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Emmy Awards 2017: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress Nominees
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Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. on Black-ish (Episode: "Lemons") (ABC)

Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah on Master of None (Episode: "The Dinner Party") (Netflix)

Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets and Dale Baskets on Baskets(Episode: "Freaks") (FX)

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher on Shameless (Episode: "You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?") (Showtime)

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (Episode: "Elizah") (Amazon)

Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta (Episode: "The Big Bang") (FX)

Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox on Better Things (Episode: "Future Fever") (FX)

Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson on Grace and Frankie (Episode: "The Pot") (Netflix)

Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom (Episode: "Tush Push and Some Radishes") (CBS)

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(Episode: "Kimmy Goes to College!") (Netflix)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep (Episode: "Groundbreaking") (HBO)

Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson on Black-ish(Episode: "Being Bow-racial") (ABC)

Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie (Episode: "The Burglary") (Netflix)

Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us (Episode: "Memphis") (NBC)

Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld (Episode: "Trompe L'Oeil") (HBO)

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul (Episode: "Expenses") (AMC)

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings on The Americans (Episode: "Crossbreed") (FX)

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan on Ray Donovan (Episode: "Rattus Rattus") (Showtime)

Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood on House of Cards(Episode: "Chapter 53") (Netflix)

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson on This Is Us (Episode: "Moonshadow") (NBC)

Viola Davis as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder(Episode: "Wes") (ABC)

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown (Episode: "Assassins") (Netflix)

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred on The Handmaid's Tale(Episode: "Night") (Hulu)

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans (Episode: "Dyatkovo") (FX)

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy on Westworld (Episode: "The Bicameral Mind") (HBO)

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on House of Cards (Episode: "Chapter 65") (Netflix)

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Veep and Atlanta get their messages across even more effectively without trumpeting their own importance; just embrace the fact that you’re a comedy. I want to laugh. I laughed at Atlanta and still got the message about people of color being disenfranchised, in a very different economic bracket. I watched Master of None with great hope, but I just find him [Aziz Ansari] unbearable — maybe binge-watching is the problem, as it would have been if I could have binge-watched [The] Larry Sanders [Show], because you’re just so depressed after spending any amount of time with the guy. I just feel that he has so little charm as a performer that he cuts against his own material; as with, say, Will Arnett, a little bit of him goes a long way. Conversely, I think the actress from [Unbreakable] Kimmy Schmidt [Ellie Kemper] is so appealing, and so is her show’s whole supporting cast, with one exception — Carol Kane, who, outside of Hester Street [a 1975 film], has never struck me as a believable human being. She doesn’t ruin the show for me, but she comes close.

For me, it was a very close call between Veep and Atlanta. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is as close to a genius as we have, Tony Hale is unbelievable on that show and that’s a show that has kept it fresh — I mean, I’m laughing just thinking about it! We are living in very challenging political times — that’s the understatement of the year — and while they are not directly addressing that, they are commenting on it. I just find the show refreshing, and not voting for it was tough.

I didn’t laugh as much at Atlanta, and I don’t generally like to vote for first-year shows, because I think shows usually take a little while to settle in and find their rhythms — I mean, [The] Dick Van Dyke [Show], Seinfeld, [Everybody Loves] Raymond, Big Bang [Theory], Mom and the list goes on. But I not only laughed at Atlanta, but was deeply moved by the world that he [Donald Glover] took me into. I don’t know if that world actually exists, but he took me to a place that I didn’t know about, introduced me to people I’d never met, showed me their motivations and hopes and dreams and fears and how they crash and burn, and made me care about them. He’s kind of a genius, I think, and I can’t wait to see where he takes these characters.

My vote: Atlanta (FX)

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 16: March 16, 1957, California, Burbank, NBC Studios, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at TVs Emmy Awards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALFORNIA - MARCH 7, 1955: Actress Lucille Ball and husband actor Desi Arnaz attend the TV Emmy Award show in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Dinah Shore with her Emmy EXM-N-12330-024~3 (Photo by USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 16,1957: Actress Loretta Young attends the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Actress Loretta Young attends the 7th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Actress Ann Sothern attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 16,1957: Actress Nanette Fabray during the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7,1955: Virginia Mayo attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7,1955: Virginia Mayo attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1951: Elizabeth Montgomery attends the Day Time Emmy Awards dinner in Los Angeles,CA.\ (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Maila Nurmi aka Vampira attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: March 7, 1955, California, Hollywood, The Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Lucille Ball at TVs Emmy Awards. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 17.1956: Actress Loretta Young attends the 8th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Dinah Shore poses for a portrait backstage with an Emmy on April 15, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 15: Dancer, actor and singer Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) and actress Kim Novak at the 11th annual Emmy Awards on April 15, 1958 at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Photographer Earl Leaf is in the background. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
1961: Canadian-born actor Raymond Burr and American actor Barbara Stanwyck smile while holding Emmy Awards backstage. Burr won Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) for 'Perry Mason', Stanwyck won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) for 'The Barbara Stanwyck Show.' (Photo by Bruce Bailey/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actor Dick van Dyke and his wife are shown as they arrived at the theatre for the TV Emmy Awards presentations tonight.
NEW YORK - MAY 26: Carol Burnett poses with her Emmy award at the 15th Primetime Emmy Awards the New York broadcast from the Americana Hotel. Carol Burnett won the Emmy for her Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program, in the CBS television specials: Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall; and in An Evening with Carol Burnett. Image dated: May 26, 1963. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 18: THE BIG VALLEY - 'Gallery' 1966 Barbara Stanwyck, Emmy Award (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
American actress Barbara Feldon (right) at the 18th Emmy Awards, at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, 22nd May 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actress and ventriloquist Shari Lewis poses for a portrait at the Emmy's in circa 1966. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 6/4/1967 Lee Radziwill (L) and Truman Capote pose for the camera at the Emmy Awards. Capote won his Emmy in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievements for 'A Christmas Memory.'
20TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Aired 05/19/1968 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Elizabeth Montgomery and Jackie Cooper (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
May 1968: Married American actors John Derek and Linda Evans sit together in close proximity during an Emmy Awards ceremony. Evans wears her long blonde hair in a bouffant at the back. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Joey Heatherton and Lloyd Bridges during Joey Heatherton, Maureen Stapleton and Lloyd Bridges sighted at the Emmy Awards - September 1, 1968 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
1968: American actor Lucille Ball sits at a dinner table with her second husband Gary Morton (L) during the Emmy Awards after-party, Los Angeles, California. She wears a long feather boa, and holds a cigarette. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
8th June 1969: Civic rights leader Coretta Scott King, wearing an evening gown, smiles at an Emmy Awards ceremony, New York City. King presented awards in the news category, one of which went to TV coverage of her husband Dr Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination. (Photo by Tim Boxer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 7: Florence Henderson attends 22nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on June 7, 1970 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Sandy Duncan attending 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Singer Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters attends the 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971 at Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS - 1972-73In 1973, Mary Fickett became the first daytime soap actor to receive an Emmy for her role as Ruth Martin on ABC Daytime's 'All My Children'. Ms. Fickett's award, given for Outstanding Achievement by Individuals in a Daytime Drama Series, was presented during the primetime ceremony held in Los Angeles. Fickett was the only actor up for the award. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Actress Julie Andrews holding her Emmy Award, London, June 6th 1973. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 28: Actress Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in 'The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman' on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mary Tyler Moore and her weekly comedy series won five Emmy's at the 28th Annual Television Academy Awards May 17 to top all other shows for the 1975-76 season. Show regulars (left to right) Edward Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight. All won their Emmy's for their roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show except Asner, who won his for his performance in Rich Man, Poor Man.
Actress Brenda Dickson attends 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 11, 1977 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Monique van Vooren attends 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on April 30, 1978 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 30: Actress Barbara Feldon attends the 21st International Emmy Awards on April 30, 1978 at Grand Ballroom at NY Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Lindsay Wagner attends at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1978 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Blanche Baker after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for the mini sesries 'Holocaust' at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1978 atPasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
Actress Lisa Peluso attends Sixth Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 17, 1979 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Donna Pescow attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Bonnie Franklin attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Ron Howard and wife Cheryl Howard attend 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Mariette Hartley attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Kristy McNichol attends the 1979 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 8, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor John Schneider and girlfriend actress Melinda Naud attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Loni Anderson and actor Tim Conway attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Loni Anderson attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Stockard Channing attends 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor Henry Winkler and wife Stacey Weitzman attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
David Ladd and Cheryl Ladd during 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actress Laurette Spang and John McCook attend 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore during 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA,CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actress Charlene Tilton attends the Fifth Annual Emmy Awards Banquet Honoring the Creative Arts in Television on September 8, 1979 at the Exhibition Hall, The Pasadena Center in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - CIRCA 1979: Charlene Tilton attends the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium circa 1979 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Actress Judith Light attending Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studios in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Actress Melissa Michaelsen attends the Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studio 811 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 4: Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes attends the Seventh Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 4, 1980 at NBC Studio 811 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci during 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at NBC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Susan Lucci and Francesca James during 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at NBC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Best Writing for a Drama Series

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why This Is Us didn’t put its pilot on the ballot — that episode should be taught in schools. I felt that the Stranger Things pilot [“Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”] was a well-made but laborious homage — there was nothing surprising about how all the pieces fell into place. The next one I eliminated was The Americans [“The Soviet Division”] — I know it’s the season closer and they had a lot of storylines coming together in it, but they’ve had much stronger episodes, and I’m a little baffled as to why that one was nominated.

Next out for me was The Handmaid’s Tale pilot [“Offred”] — again, beautifully executed, but adapted from a book, which makes things easier, it just does. As much as I don’t like Better Call Saul, that [“Chicanery”] was an excellent episode, when he [the titular character] had to put his brother on the stand; it was just a really nicely drawn courtroom drama.

But, for me, this was between two. Westworld [“The Bicameral Mind”] was adapted from a book, like The Handmaid’s Tale, but they [its writers] reimagined it in such a completely different way that I don’t really consider it an adaptation, and I loved watching all of those storylines and timelines coming together and really paying off. But, ultimately, that one felt a bit technical and didn’t push me over the edge in the way that “Assassins” [from The Crown] did. Peter Morgan’s writing on that episode is incredible. The scene with Stephen Dillane painting John Lithgow’s portrait? Writing for television does not get any better than that.

My vote: The Crown (Netflix)

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Claire Danes was truly regal in this glittering gold gown at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Boho yet ballgown! Kristen Bell looked effortlessly stunning in this full-skirted gown featuring a deep V neckline at the 2016 Emmys.
Truly beautiful in burgundy, Sarah Hyland was nothing short of flawless in this skintight Zac Posen number at the 2015 Emmys.

Long before the "skin trend" was in, Olivia Wilde caught attention in this buff-baring silver gown from Marchesa at the 2009 Emmys. The actress' dress had layers of silk and lace and the back was completely open.

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Heidi Klum is always a knockout, but she outdid herself in this slinky red number at the 2013 Emmys.
"Mad Men" star January Jones was a head-turner in this structured, modern gown with intricate beading from  Atelier Versace. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
In 2000, "Felicity" star Keri Russell was the belle of the ball in a glittering gown from Giorgio Armani. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sarah Hyland, consistently one of the Emmys' best dressed, wore this show-stopping deep green number on the 2013 red carpet.

Drew Barrymore dressed up to take home the golden trophy at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. The star, who was nominated for her breakthrough role in "Grey Gardens," turned heads in a blush-hued tulle strapless gown by Monique Lhuillier. It was an absolute knockout. 

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You wouldn't expect to see a dress like this today, but in 2004, Jennifer Aniston was unforgettable in a white column gown with gold details from Chanel. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Blake Lively was red hot at the 2009 Emmys! The "Gossip Girl" actress turned heads in a Versace dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes. The dress, which featured a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit was one of the sexiest of all time. 

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Katherine Heigl turned up with a lot of Old Hollywood glamour and a sultry star as she hit the 58th annual Emmys in e va-va-a tonal Escada gown.The sparkling details highlighted her blonde locks and her overall glam look.

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Sarah Jessica Parker dazzled at the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The "Sex and the City" star wore a baby pink strapless Chanel Haute Couture gown with tons of tulle, lace and bedazzles. The Karl Lagerfeld–designed creation reportedly took 250 hours to make.

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Mindy Kaling brought jewel tones to the red carpet in 2009 in this eye-catching Alice Temperley dress, which she teamed with Martin Katz jewels.

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Sparkles and sexiness were the name of Kerry Washington's game in a metallic dress from Marc Jacobs, at the 2015 Emmy Awards.

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Actress Hayden Panettiere dazzled in 2014 as she draped her baby belly in a glittering Lorena Sarbu gown with a plunging neckline. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Olivia Wilde's Reem Acra dress in 2008 was one of our favroties of all time with it's beaded caplet sleeves and romantic bottom.

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Youthful yet venue-appropriate, Sarah Hyland nailed it in this poppy-hued full skirt and white crop top in 2014.
Gwyneth Paltrow took a darker turn in this black lace two-piece ensemble by Pucci, which she wore in 2011.
Linda Cardellini was a vision at the 2013 Emmy Awards in this rose-inspired structural gown with a full train.
Emily Ratajkowski never disappoints! The model wowed in this midnight blue number with waterfall ruffles at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
A few days before the larger Emmys ceremony, Heidi Klum was a knockout in this tiny mini with a sheer overlay at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Nobody does yellow quite like Taraji P. Henson, whose figure-hugging gown stole the show at the 68th Emmy Awards.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Sarah Paulson arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

"The Vampire Diaries" star wasn't a huge star at the time, but she dressed like she was! Nina Dobrev hit the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in a  red strapless Donna Karan dress, which she teamed with Neil Lane jewels. She looked like a red carpet pro.

(Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

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Best Writing for a Comedy Series

The one that I eliminated first was Silicon Valley (“Success Failure”) — that episode is almost beat-for-beat the same as the episode when they went to the big announcement during the first or second season and did that whole thing about jerking everybody off, which was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I voted for Master of None last year for the “Parenting” script, which won, and I was sort of moved by this year’s nominated episode [“Thanksgiving”] about the African-American woman’s journey of discovery that she’s a lesbian, which is sweet and nice, but ultimately felt a little too writer-y for me. The two Veep episodes [“Georgia” and “Groundbreaking”] are just hysterical — they used her [Louis-Dreyfus’] venality so beautifully. And then there’s the Atlanta episodes. One, “Streets on Lock,” was not among their strongest, certainly in comparison to the other, “B.A.N.,” which just blew me out of the water. I thought that one was so funny! What Glover is doing there is he is sending up all media — the [fake] ads alone are laugh-out- loud, and the interview offered a nice look into Paperboi and how he reacts when the spotlight is really on him. It was brave and smart and funny. I just loved it.

My vote: Atlanta (FX)

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