The titans in TV — your HBOs and Netflixes and Amazons Prime — love to throw barbs throughout the year, especially when series finales land a little flat (hi Game of Thrones!)
Tonight, though, awards will be earned by these networks, and we'll end the night hearing about who won the Emmys. To watch it all go down, you might need our guide for how to live stream the 2019 Emmy Awards.
Seen people talk about Emmy award winners already? Well, tonight's show is is technically the second round of the Emmys, as Chernobyl and Game of Thrones (both HBO shows) won big at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys last Sunday.
The 71st edition of the Emmys begin at 8 p.m. Eastern | 5 p.m. Pacific. Completists and fashion obsessives will want to watch 90 minutes of red carpet coverage, which start at 6:30 p.m. Eastern | 3:30 p.m. Pacific.
How do I use a VPN to watch the 2019 Emmy Awards online?
If you're traveling outside the U.S., you can still watch the Emmys as each award is handed out, without a hiccup. A virtual private network, or VPN, can help you connect to your desired streaming service through a U.S. server and watch the draft as if you were at home.
We've evaluated many VPN services, and our top pick is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)
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Cheap and secure, NordVPN is just $2.99/month for a three-year contract, while a month of service costs $11.95. NordVPN uses 2048-bit encryption, and makes it easy to use streaming services.
Performance is just average, but this is one of the simpler VPNs out there, and at $9.99 for one month of service, TunnelBear is a lower-cost option if you just want to use the VPN during this week's debates.
Who's hosting the 2019 Emmy Awards?
For the fourth time ever, the Emmys are going host-less. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier noted that the group is prioritizing honoring the shows and talented performers than burn about "15, 20 minutes" with that time-honored opening number.
I don't blame the association for ditching the host format. Awards show hosts have been failing hard over the last years, even The Oscars dropped the role.
How can I watch the Emmy Awards live online?
This one's pretty easy. The Emmys will be broadcast live on FOX — so even cord-cutters with HD antennas can watch — and on Fox.com. If you're already subscribed to Hulu with Live TV, among other live TV services, you can also watch the Emmys on FOX there.
How can I watch the Emmy Awards live online in the UK?
Brits rooting for Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) won't have a TV channel for watching the Emmys (the Fox says nothing across the pond).
There are reports of possible official live streams via inews, which says The Emmys' official site, Facebook and YouTube channels may be of help. Those streams may just be partial behind the scenes moments, though.
Get ready for all hell to break loose if everybody's favorite Game of Thrones actors don't win. People are already cracking jokes about which actors deserve awards the most.
Breaking news: Emilia Clarke will not be attending the Emmy Awards as she has been hospitalised for severe back injuries from carrying GOT S8 on her back. pic.twitter.com/nuUuPm5B9jSeptember 16, 2019
Emmy 2019 nominations: who's eligible to win?
While there are too many categories to list them all, here are the top categories (series, lead actor/actress). I've put my favorites (not who I think will win, but who I'd like to win) in italics. Yes, I'm conflicted on a few of these.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Fleabag (Prime Video)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Schitt's Creek (Pop TV)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, as Andre "Dre" Johnson — black-ish
Bill Hader as Barry — Barry
Don Cheadle, as Maurice “Mo” Monroe — Black Monday
Eugene Levy, Johnny Rose — Schitt's Creek
Michael Douglas, as Sandy Kominsky — The Kominsky Method
Ted Danson, as Michael — The Good Place
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, as Jen — Dead To Me
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as Fleabag — Fleabag
Natasha Lyonne, as Nadia — Russian Doll
Catherine O'Hara, as Moira Rose — Schitt's Creek
Rachel Brosnahan, as Miriam 'Midge' Maisel — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as Selina Meyer — Veep
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
Pose (FX Networks)
This Is Us (NBC)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Billy Porter, as Pray Tell — Pose
Bob Odenkirk, as Jimmy McGill — Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman, as Martin 'Marty' Byrde — Ozark
Kit Harington, as Jon Snow — Game Of Thrones
Milo Ventimiglia, as Jack Pearson — This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown, as Randall Pearson — This Is Us
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Emilia Clarke, as Daenerys Targaryen — Game Of Thrones
Robin Wright, as Claire Underwood — House of Cards
Viola Davis, as Annalise Keating — How To Get Away With Murder
Sandra Oh, as Eve Polastri — Killing Eve
Jodie Comer, as Villanelle — Killing Eve
Laura Linney, as Wendy Byrde — Ozark
Mandy Moore, as Rebecca Pearson — This Is Us