With the joy of Emmy nominations always comes some pleasant surprises and some egregious snubs, and the 2016 list of nominees is no different.

After a gut-wrenching turn in "Outlander" Season 2 -- particularly the episodes "Faith" and "Dragonfly in Amber" -- Caitriona Balfe is conspicuously absent from the list, as is "You're the Worst's" Aya Cash, whose harrowing portrayal of battling mental illness was one of the finest performances on TV in 2015-16. Similarly, "The Leftovers" Season 2 was an even better offering than its first season, so it's both a snub and a surprise not to see it acknowledged in some way.

On the late-night front, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" earned some nominations but not one for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, which is a huge snub. Her fellow "Daily Show" alum Stephen Colbert also did not receive a nom for Variety Talk Series. It's either a huge snub or not a surprise at all, depending on how you feel about Colbert's version of "The Late Show." But it is noteworthy because his CBS colleague James Corden earned an Emmy nom and Colbert did not.

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In happier news, "The Americans" finally broke into the Emmys race. Way to figure out "The Americans" is one of the best dramas on TV four years after the rest of us, Emmy voters. But the show itself and stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are all highly deserving of their nods.

Another happy surprise is that in addition to Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, who have received nominations before, "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Kit Harington each earned an acting nom for Season 6.

Finally, it was also nice to see "Mr. Robot," USA's critically-acclaimed hacker drama, earn an Outstanding Drama Series nom and a lead actor nom for its star, Rami Malek.

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."