Mary Sollosi
June 30, 2017 AT 09:00 AM EDT

The first round of Emmy voting closed on Monday, so you know what that means: The nominations announcement is coming up fast! Time to finalize your list of picks and mark your calendars for the official beginning of the race for this year’s highest small-screen honors. What’s that? You don’t know when they’re announcing the nominees? Not to worry! Read on for all the details about this year’s Emmy nominations announcement, below. 

When are the Emmy nominations?

The big announcement will go down on Thursday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT from the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, Calif. You can tune in to the live stream on the Television Academy’s website. Once the nominees are out there, voters will still have a solid month to catch up on all the nominated TV they missed before making their ultimate picks, as the final round of voting begins on Aug. 14 and closes two weeks later, on Aug. 28.

Who will be announcing them?

Every year, the Emmys call on some small-screen stars to announce which of their colleagues will be up for awards (last year, Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham did the honors). This year, that honor goes to Veep star and four-time nominee Anna Chlumsky and Criminal Minds alum and Daytime Emmy winner Shemar Moore, who stars in CBS’ new drama coming this fall, S.W.A.T.

Why even bother? The nominations are so predictable!

Whoa, slow down! We’re living in the Golden Age of Television, after all; there are enough great shows and performers out there to fill three or four entire slates of nominees. In fact, when we were making our dream ballots, we couldn’t even keep our own picks down to the five or six who will actually end up nominated in every category! For your consideration while making your picks, check out our (extended) wish lists for Best Drama, Comedy, Limited Series, Actor and Actress in a Drama, Actor and Actress in a Comedy, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy, as well as Lynette Rice’s full dream ballot.

When are the actual Emmys?

Love the enthusiasm, but there are still a couple months to go! The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will be broadcast live nationwide on CBS.

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