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'Saturday Night Live' delivered laughs, now it's looking for Emmys

'Saturday Night Live' delivered laughs, now it's looking for Emmys
From Reuters - September 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Saturday Night Live found laughter and lampoonery in Americas fraught political and social scene and on Sunday the satirical sketch show looks set to reap the benefits at the Emmy awards, the highest honors in television.

Led by Alec Baldwins withering impersonations of U.S. President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthys winning turn as former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, the show earned 22 Emmy nominations after its most-watched season in 23 years.

Kate McKinnon is competing in the supporting actress race for her spoofs of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and White House aide Kellyanne Conway on the live show that airs on Comcast Corps NBC.

Politics promise to run through Sundays ceremony in Los Angeles, starting with host Stephen Colbert, whose relentless attacks on Trump have brought a surge of viewers to The Late Show.

The biggest TV star of this year is undoubtedly Donald Trump. No ones close, quipped Colbert ahead of the ceremony.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is expected to win her sixth consecutive Emmy for playing an egotistical, losing presidential candidate on Time Warners HBO comedy Veep.

Veep could also be a repeat winner for best comedy series, with actor-director Donald Glovers hip-hop themed Atlanta and contemporary African-American family show black-ish seen by pundits as its closest rivals.

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