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Every year, critically acclaimed and fan-favorite shows are noticeably omitted from the Emmy nominations, but no, they weren’t snubbed by the TV Academy — they just aren’t eligible this year.

For its first year nominated, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” won with a sweeping eight awards. But for the 2019 awards, huge hits like “Big Little Lies” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” weren’t nominated because their latest seasons premiered after the eligibility deadline for Emmy nominations.

Variety senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister explains which shows missed the window for eligibility, and the strategy the networks put in place to, sometimes, purposefully make that happen.

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