The A.V. Club's guide to the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

The A.V. Club's guide to the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

It’s September, which usually means the Emmys are just around the corner. This year is no different—with a giant pandemic-shaped caveat, of course. Because of the ongoing public health crisis, this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards—airing live on Sunday, September 20 at 8 PM EST—will be appropriately socially distant, and likely very, very weird. In preparation for television’s biggest night, The A.V. Club has aggregated all our coverage of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards—including analysis, recaps, and interviews with the nominees—in this helpful guide.

The nominations

Netflix and HBO lead the way with 37 and 32 nominations, respectively.

Snubs & surprises

There were several heartening developments, including a nomination for variety sketch show newcomer A Black Lady Sketch Show, and genuine surprises, like Apple TV+ nabbing 18 nominations in its debut year.

What shows will win, and which should win

A.V. Club TV editor Danette Chavez predicts this winners in the writing, directing, and best series categories.

Which actors will win, and which should win

Here are A.V. Club TV editor Danette Chavez’s predictions for the winners of the acting awards.

Emmy Interviews

Catch up on The A.V. Club's interviews with the year's biggest Emmy nominees.

What we know about this year's ceremony

Per Variety, the producers are aiming to cultivate a show that is “as live — and safe — as possible. And at the same time, they promise that they’re not aiming to do ‘Emmys Light.’”

Push The Envelope

Tune into our podcast Push The Envelope for discussion of this year's ceremony, our analysis and predictions, and candid conversations with the nominees.

Emmys producers tease 135 live feeds and an alpaca

Jimmy Kimmel and the 2020 Primetime Emmys producers preview a night of no laugh track, 130 live feeds, designer pajamas, and an alpaca named Isabelle.