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How to Watch Just ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Part of the Emmys

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Let’s face it. The Emmys can sometimes feel a little long. They’re long — starting at 8 p.m. Eastern and lasting until 11 p.m. Eastern. That three-hour time block is a lot to commit, especially if you have work tomorrow, kids to take care of, or even football games to watch. Whatever the reason, you might be mostly interested in just watching The Handmaid’s Tale part of the Emmy Awards. Here are the details you need to know if that’s you.

First, be prepared. The Handmaid’s Tale is up for a lot of awards tonight. So your best bet will be to keep the awards show running in the background, while tuning in for the most important parts.

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Overall Time, Channel & Streaming Details

Let’s make sure you have the basics down. The Emmys tonight are are airing from 8 p.m. Eastern to 11 p.m. Eastern (7-10 p.m. Central and 5-9 p.m. Pacific if you’re watching live and not time delayed.) The awards show is airing on CBS so if you even have the most basic of cable packages, then you’re set. It’s also streaming on Paramount+, so you can watch there if you have an account and you’re a cord cutter. Almost every major streaming service (like Sling, etc.) also carries CBS.

The Handmaid’s Tale Nominations

Next you need to know everything The Handmaid’s Tale is nominated for, so you don’t miss a thing. Here’s the list:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss as June)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Bradley Whitford as Commander Lawrence, OT Fagbenle as Luke Bankole, and Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Yvonne Strahovski as Serena, Ann Down as Aunt Lydia, Samira Wiley as Moira, Madeline Brewer as Janine)

Here’s the Order the Categories Will Be Announced

Now here is the full schedule for tonight and when those four categories above are going to fall among all the other categories where The Handmaid’s Tale won’t be included. This can help you determine exactly when you want to tune in.

This order of ceremony for the 2021 Emmys was shared by Changes might be made at the last minute. We’ll put in bold and red the parts where The Handmaid’s Tale is up for an award.

1. Comedy Supporting Actress

2. Comedy Supporting Actor

3. Limited/Movie Supporting Actress

4. Limited/Movie Supporting Actor

5. Drama Writing

6. Drama Directing

7. Drama Supporting Actress

8. Drama Supporting Actor

9. Variety Series Writing

10. Variety Talk Series

11. Variety Sketch Series

12. Comedy Writing

13. Comedy Directing

14. Comedy Actress

15. Comedy Actor

16. Competition Program

17. Governors Award to Debbie Allen

18. Limited/Movie Directing

19. Limited/Movie Writing

20. Limited/Movie Actress

21. Limited/Movie Actor

22. Drama Actress

23. Drama Actor

24. Variety Special Live

25. Variety Special Pre-Recorded

In Memoriam

26. Comedy Series

27. Drama Series

28. Limited Series

Just remember: changes can be made at the last minute, so you might want to keep this running at least in the background just in case.

What Has The Handmaid’s Tale Already Won or Lost in 2021?

Some awards are given out early before the main event. Here’s what the series had already won or lost as of Friday night, September 17, according to

  • Best Drama Guest Actress: Unfortunately, Alexis Bledel and Mckenna Grace lost to Claire Foy of The Crown
  • Best Drama Casting: Unfortunately, The Handmaid’s Tale lost this one to The Crown
  • Best Costumes (Fantasy/Sci-Fi): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Nightshade” lost to WandaVision’s “Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”
  • Best Hairstyling (Contemporary): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Vows” lost to Pose’s Series Finale
  • Best Makeup (Contemporary/Non-Prosthetic): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Pigs” lost to Pose’s Series Finale
  • Best Music Composition (Series): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “The Crossing” lost to The Mandalorian’s “Chapter 16: The Rescue”
  • Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Drama): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “The Crossing” lost to The Crown’s “Fairytale”
  • Best Production Design (Narrative Contemporary, One Hour or More): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Chicago” lost to Mare of Easttown
  • Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series): The Handmaid’s Tale’s “Chicago” lost to The Mandalorian’s “Chapter 13: The Jedi”

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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