“Watchmen,” the HBO series that explored themes like race relations and law enforcement through the prism of a superhero story and which was set in a fictional present-day Tulsa, led all TV shows with 26 Emmy Award nominations.

“Watchmen” acting nominees included Regina King as best lead actress, Jeremy Irons as best lead actor and Jean Smart as best supporting actress.

One of TV’s most complex dramas featured King as a police officer and masked hero on the Tulsa force, working beside Nelson’s character, Looking Glass — a mysterious police detective who wears a mirrored mask — to solve a murder and a mystery involving white supremacy.

“Watchmen” will be competing for best limited series against “Mrs. America” from FX, the Netflix shows “Unbelievable” and “Unorthodox,” and Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

The Emmy Awards will be announced during a ceremony set for Sept. 20.

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