Netflix's 112 nominations took away the front-runner title that HBO held since 2001, giving cable and broadcast networks more reason to fear their future as the TV industry continues to change. It is also his first Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 25 years.
John Legend scores a nomination of his own for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Jesus in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert". Sterling K. Brown, who won lead actor in a drama series previous year for the show, is nominated again; he'll compete against Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld").
It threatens to end the domination of HBO, which makes Game of Thrones and Westworld and has won the most awards for the past 16 years.
In the comedy categories, hip-hop themed FX show "Atlanta" is up against Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", ABC's "black-ish", "GLOW", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", quirky comedy "Barry", tech comedy "Silicon Valley" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".
Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" scored 20 nominations - seven better than past year - and is an early favorite to repeat as the victor for best drama in September.
Several major stars not normally associated with television got their first Emmy nominations in 2018. It was also the first time Apple Inc. was nominated, for its CBS collaboration "Carpool Karaoke". The awards will be handed out at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17 and broadcast on NBC.
Markle's name was submitted for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" for her role as Rachel Zane on "Suits", but the newly-minted royal wasn't nominated. NBC's Saturday Night Live, with 21 nominations this year, has now been nominated 252 times in its history, a record for any show. The last time there were three freshman series in the top comedy category was 2010 (Modern Family, Glee and Nurse Jackie).