Sure, Game of Thrones is probably set to lay one last claim to the proverbial Iron Throne and walk away with a lot of trophies from its record-setting deluge of nominations — yes, probably even for the categories fans had the most issues with in Season 8-- but there are also plenty of deserving shows to watch out for after they landed their first Emmy nominations, like Fleabag, Pose, and Schitt's Creek.
Meanwhile, Television Academy favorites like Barry, Better Call Saul (even if Rhea Seehorn got robbed), This Is Us, and Veep will also be well represented in multiple categories, and a few strong freshman series made the cut, like Russian Doll and Dead to Me. Overall, this year's crop of nominees delivered some mostly pleasant surprises, capping off a stellar year in TV.
While we'll have to wait until airtime to find out which of these series, stars, and behind-the-scenes talents will be honored during the 2019 Emmys, there are a few things we can already expect from the telecast. Here's what we know so far about the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.
You can watch on TV and online. This year's Emmys will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 22 starting at 8/7c. The broadcast is scheduled to run for three hours. Those with cable subscriptions can also tune in via Fox.com or the FOX NOW app. The Emmys website will also host a backstage live stream of the behind-the-scenes events during the broadcast.
The pre-shows are already set. Fox's Live Emmy Red Carpet Pre-Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, E!'s Countdown to the Red Carpet will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by Live from the Red Carpet at 6 p.m. ET on E! People and Entertainment Weekly will also host the Emmys digital pre-show beginning at 6 p.m. ET on PeopleTV, People.com, and EW.com.
There will be no host. Following this year's host-free Academy Awards, Fox President Charlie Collier announced the Emmys will also opt out of having a host this year. It will mark just the fourth time the show has gone on without a central host, following the events of 1975, 1998, and 2003.
There will still be an opening number. Even without a host, fans can still count on things to start with an opening number in keeping with the show's tradition.
Prepare to say goodbye to a few faves. While announcing the network's decision to go host-free, Collier mentioned that Fox wants to "honor" some of the year's major outgoing series, including Game of Thrones, Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Fox's own Empire.
The Creative Arts Emmys will happen much sooner. Ahead of the main show, the Creative Arts Emmys will take place over two consecutive nights, on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15.
On night one, the presenters list includes Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Guerrero, Marie Kondo, Lisa Kudrow, Sig Hansen, Derek Hough, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett, Marsha Stephanie Blake, W. Kamau Bell, Kate Chastain, Terry Crews, Seth Green, Mandy Hansen, Carrie Ann Inaba, Nick Kroll, Lee Rosbach, Nicole Scherzinger, Julio Torres, Robin Thede, and Necar Zadegan.
Night two presenters will include a reunion of the In Living Color cast (including Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, David Alan Grier, and Tommy Davidson), as well as Alfie Allen, Charlie Barnett, Rachel Bloom, Ron Cephas Jones, Rob Corddry, Laverne Cox, Lisa Edelstein, Anna Konkle, Maya Erskine, Chris O'Dowd, Ryan O'Connell, Wendell Pierce, Marcus Scribner, Michaela Watkins, Maude Apatow, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Rocky Carroll, Ryan Eggold, Jared Harris, Neil Patrick Harris, Natasha Lyonne, Peter MacNicol, Shameik Moore, Olivia Munn, Patton Oswalt, Nico Santos, Jane Seymour, Maggie Siff, Sydney Sweeney, Jonathan Tucker, and Carice van Houten.
FXX will broadcast the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c.
Some winners have already been announced. The juried winners for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards have already been announced in several categories, including animation, choreography, interactive media, and motion design.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, Sept. 22 starting at 8/7c on Fox.