The Americans and Mr. Robot are first time contenders in the category, filling vacant slots left by the no-longer-eligible Mad Men and the eligible-but-not-nominated Orange Is the New Black.
Of course, for either newcomer to clinch the prestigious trophy, they’ll have to beat 2015 champ Game of Thrones. Should HBO’s fantasy drama not garner a repeat win, voters will have to wait until 2018 to recognize the program for its seventh season, which will not air within the 2017 eligibility window.
Rather than award something new, voters might also opt to acknowledge the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey, a five-time nominee which has yet to nab a best drama statue. Other contenders include fellow repeat nominees Better Call Saul (now on its second nomination), House of Cards (in the race for a fourth consecutive year) and Homeland (which has not been victorious since Season 1).
What would you do if you had the opportunity to recognize one of the aforesaid dramas when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 18? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to defend your pick.
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