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Alec Baldwin portrays Donald Trump while leading the Saturday Night Live cast. SNL got 22 nominations in for the Primetime Emmys 2017. YouTube

No doubt benefiting from a fevered political climate in the US, Saturday Night Live has broken records as it netted 22 nominations in the Primetime Emmy Awards 2017.

The comedy sketch series whose appearances by Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer were a staple during and after the US election period, is now the most Emmy nominated series of all time, with a total of 231.

Also getting 22 nominations this year is the HBO show Westworld, which joined four other new shows competing for best drama.

These include This is Us, the critically-acclaimed The Handmaid's Tale, The Crown and Stranger Things. These programmes will compete for the prestigious best drama trophy with returning nominees, Better Call Saul and House of Cards.

Stranger Things and Feud: Bette and Joan have 18 nominations followed by comedy Veep with 17.

Ewan McGregor, Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys will be flying the flag for Britain with two nominations each.

In the running for best comedy are Atlanta, Black-ish, the Aziz Ansari vehicle Master of None as well as Modern Family, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Veep is also included in that list.

Westworld also has nominations for Evan Rachel Wood for lead actress in a drama, Anthony Hopkins as lead actor in a drama with supporting role nominations going to Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.

Because its season is broadcast too late for consideration, the much decorated Game of Thrones was deemed ineligible.

As befits every year's nominations, much of the chatter focused on which shows were "snubbed" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

People took to Twitter to question why Carrie Coon, who got a nomination for her role in Fargo, was not recognised for her contribution to HBO's The Leftovers.

Also there was nothing for the Tonight Show, the Daily Show and Late Night with Seth Myers, although Real Time With Bill Maher" did get recognised.

The awards show will be broadcast by CBS on 17 September and will be hosted by another late night talk show host, Stephen Colbert.

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The Primetime Emmys 2017 will be held on 17 September and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert Evan Agostini / Getty

Nominations for key categories in the 2017 Primetime Emmys:

Best lead actor in a drama series:

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Sterling K Brown, This Is Us

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Anthony Hopkins, Westworld

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Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in a still from House of Cards season 5 House of Cards/ Netflix

Best lead actress in a drama series:

Keri Russell, The Americans

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Best lead actor in a comedy series:

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Zach Galifianakis, Baskets

Donald Glover, Atlanta

William H Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

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Nominated again in 2017, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth trophy for Veep at last year's Primetime Emmy Awards FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Image

Best lead actress in a comedy series:

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Allison Janney, Mom

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Best comedy series:



Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


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Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul which has been nominated for best drama series AMC

Best drama series:

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid's Tale

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us