Netflix scores big in Emmy nominations, but HBO remains the player to beat.
HOUSE Of Cards proved to be Netflix's ace, making history with nine nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards – and redefining the television landscape in the process. Broadcast and cable networks are no longer the only programming games in town.
The company best known for its little red DVD envelopes broke new ground with its slate of original programming with House Of Cards, the reboot of the cult comedy favourite Arrested Development, and the horror thriller Hemlock Grove. The three programmes received a combined total of 14 Emmy nominations – and suggested that the TV academy members are binge viewers.
Still, Netflix has a long way to go.
HBO pulled in 108 nods, 27 more than last year, helping to solidify one of the longest-running story lines in TV history. (That being the pay channel's dominance each awards season.) In second place were CBS and NBC, tying with 53 nominations apiece.
The single most lauded programme of the day was FX's gothic miniseries, American Horror Story: Asylum, which goes into the TV awards season with 17 nominations, including for best miniseries, and best actress for Jessica Lange.
That was followed by HBO's Game of Thrones, which garnered 16 nods – the most for any drama series.
Tying with 15 nominations apiece was HBO's movie Behind The Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant Liberace and Matt Damon as his young lover, and NBC's veteran variety series Saturday Night Live.
That's quite an accomplishment for SNL, which has been on the air since 1975. Its tendrils of influence extend far beyond its variety series category, as evidenced by Thursday's nominations.
Three of the nominees in the marquee lead actress in a comedy series category are SNL alums: Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Amy Poehler for Parks & Recreation and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, who is taking the reins of The Tonight Show in February, earned an Emmy nomination for best variety series for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And several performers were nominated for hosting SNL, including Justin Timberlake and Melissa McCarthy.
On the comedy series front, NBC's 30 Rock led the pack with 13 nominations, including best comedy series and best actress and actor nods for Fey and Alec Baldwin. The show – a critical favourite that was never a ratings blockbuster – ended its run in the spring.
Showtime, the other major pay channel, picked up 31 nominations, its most ever. It earned 11 for last year's top Emmy winner, Homeland, including a nomination for best drama series, and lead actor and actress for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. Also receiving a nomination in the writing category was executive producer / writer Henry Bromell, who died this spring at the age of 65. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
List of Emmy nominees
Game of Thrones
House Of Cards
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels (Newsroom)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Robin Wright (House Of Cards)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Nashville)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downtown Abbey)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Morena Baccarin (Homeland)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Louie C.K (Louie)
Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Bill Hader (SNL)
Tony Hale (Veep)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind The Candelabra
Top Of The Lake
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
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