66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominees announced

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Emmy Award statue. (Via Wikipedia)
Emmy Award statue. (Via Wikipedia)

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 10, 2014 – The TV Academy has announced its list of nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Hard to believe TV has been with us that long, but there you go.

But things have changed considerably over the last decade or so, with traditional networks finding themselves in hot competition, first with cable TV original series and now with streaming video upstarts entering the fray.

For example, the popular Netflix DVD and streaming video service was the recipient of Best Series nominations in the Academy’s Comedy and drama categories, scoring preliminary bulls-eyes for “Orange Is The New Black” and Kevin Spacey’s political drama “House of Cards” in both categories respectively.

Cable rival HBO matched Netflix in both categories with comedy hits “Silicon Valley” and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ “Veep” and its pair of hit dramas, the newer “True Detective” and, of course, that ongoing mega-hit, “Game of Thrones.”


We checked out the Academy’s complete list of nominees and figured our web readers wouldn’t have the time or the patience to go through some 65 pages of nominees. Many of these are obscure or technical categories that don’t generate a lot of buzz among the public, although they do, nonetheless, mean a great deal to the talented behind-the-scenes people who make so many TV shows possible with their technical or musical abilities.

At any rate, here’s our seriously condensed list of award nominees that are likely of greatest interest to Emmy Award fans. We present them in roughly the order the Academy listed them, minus those aforementioned obscure categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS with Warner Bros. TV
“Louie,” FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
“Modern Family,” ABC, Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions with 20th Century Fox TV
“Orange Is The New Black,” Netflix via Lionsgate TV for Netflix
“Silicon Valley,” HBO via HBO Entertainment and others
“Veep,” HBO via HBO Entertainment with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad,” AMC, Sony Pictures Television
“Downton Abbey,” PBS, Carnival Films/Masterpiece w. NBC Universal
“Game Of Thrones,” HBO via HBO Entertainment, others
“House Of Cards,” Netflix, others
“Mad Men,” AMC, Lionsgate Television
“True Detective,” HBO via HBO Entertainment, others

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

“Breaking Bad,” AMC • Sony Pictures TV:
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
“House Of Cards,” Netflix, others:
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
“Mad Men,” AMC, Lionsgate TV:
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
“The Newsroom,” HBO, HBO Entertainment:
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
“True Detective,” HBO, HBO Entertainment, others: Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart
“True Detective,” HBO, HBO Entertainment, others: Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

“Downton Abbey,” PBS, A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production with NBC Universal: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
“The Good Wife,” CBS, Eye Productions, others: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
“Homeland,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, Fox 21, others: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
“House Of Cards,” Netflix, others: Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
“Masters of Sex,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, others: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
“Scandal,” ABC, ABC Studios:
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

“Dancing On The Edge,” Starz, Ruby Film and Television, others:
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester
“Fargo,” FX Networks, MGM and FX Productions:
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
“Fargo,” FX Networks, MGM and FX Productions:
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
“Luther,” BBC America, A BBC and BBC America co-production:
Idris Elba as John Luther
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others: Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks
“Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece),” PBS, Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece:
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV:
Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV:
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode Foxx
“Burton And Taylor,” BBC America, A BBC Drama Production co-produced with BBC America:
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor
“Return To Zero,” Lifetime, Cannonball Productions:
Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal
“The Spoils Of Babylon,” IFC, Funny or Die for IFC:
Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse
“The Trip To Bountiful,” Lifetime, Ostar Productions:
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., others:
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
“Derek,” Netflix, Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix:
Ricky Gervais as Derek
“Episodes,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, others:
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
“House Of Lies,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, others:
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
“Louie,” FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions:
Louis C.K. as Louie
“Shameless,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, others:
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

“Girls,” HBO, HBO Entertainment, others:
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
“Mike & Molly,” CBS, Bonanza Productions, Inc., others: Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
“Nurse Jackie,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, others:
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
“Orange Is The New Black,” Netflix, Lionsgate Television for Netflix:
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
“Parks and Recreation,” NBC, others:
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
“Veep,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race,” CBS, WorldRace Productions, Inc.
“Dancing With The Stars,” ABC, BBC Worldwide Productions
“Project Runway,” Lifetime, The Weinstein Company
“Top Chef,” Bravo, Magical Elves for Bravo
“The Voice,” NBC, Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc. and Talpa Media USA

Outstanding Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV
“Bonnie & Clyde,” Lifetime, Sony Pictures TV
“Fargo,” FX Networks, MGM and FX Productions
“Luther,” BBC America, A BBC and BBC America co-production
“Treme,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Blown Deadline Productions
“The White Queen,” Starz, Starz presents, others

Outstanding Television Movie

“Killing Kennedy,” National Geographic Channel, Scott Free Productions for National Geographic Channels
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” HBO
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others
“Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece),” PBS, Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece
“The Trip To Bountiful,” Lifetime • Ostar Productions

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central, others
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central, Central Productions LLC
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries
“Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey Television
“Saturday Night Live,” NBC, SNL Studios, others
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” NBC, Universal TV, others

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

“Breaking Bad,” AMC, Sony Pictures TV:
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
“Downton Abbey,” PBS, others:
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
“Game Of Thrones,” HBO, HBO Entertainment: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
“The Good Wife,” CBS, others:
Josh Charles as Will Gardner
“Homeland,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, Fox 21, others:
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson
“Ray Donovan,” Showtime, Showtime Presents, others: Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

“Breaking Bad,” AMC, Sony Pictures Television:
Anna Gunn as Skyler White
“Downton Abbey,” PBS, others:
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
“Downton Abbey,” PBS, others:
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
“Game Of Thrones,” HBO, HBO Entertainment, others: Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
“The Good Wife,” CBS, Eye Productions, others: Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
“Mad Men,” AMC, Lionsgate Television:
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” FOX, Universal, others: Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt
“Girls,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with others: Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
“Modern Family,” ABC, Picador Productions, others:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
“Modern Family,” ABC, Picador Productions, others:
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
“Portlandia,” IFC, Broadway Video for IFC:
Fred Armisen as Various characters
“Veep,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions:
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., others: Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
“Modern Family,” ABC, Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions, others:
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
“Mom,” CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., others: Allison Janney as Bonnie
“Orange Is The New Black,” Netflix, Lionsgate Television for Netflix:
Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov
“Saturday Night Live,” NBC, SNL Studios, others:
Kate McKinnon as Various characters
“Veep,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions:
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

“Fargo,” FX Networks, others: Colin Hanks as Deputy Gus Grimly
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others:
Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others:
Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others: Alfred Molina as Ben Weeks
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films, others:
Matt Bomer as Felix Turner
“Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece),” PBS, Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales, others: Martin Freeman as John Watson

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV:
Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow
“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV:
Kathy Bates as Madame Delphine LaLaurie
“American Horror Story: Coven,” FX Networks, 20th Century Fox TV:
Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau
“Fargo,” FX Networks, MGM and FX Productions:
Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson
“Flowers In The Attic,” Lifetime, Cue The Dog Productions:
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia
“The Normal Heart,” HBO, HBO Films,others:
Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner

Outstanding Variety Special

“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks,” TNT, AFI Productions
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,”  CBS, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC
“Best Of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special,” NBC, Universal Television and Broadway Video
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Jennilind Productions
“The Kennedy Center Honors,” CBS, The Stevens Company in association with the John F. Kennedy Center
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Funny or Die and Black Gold Films

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Degrassi,” Nickelodeon,” Nickelodeon, others
“Dog With A Blog,” Disney Channel, others
“Good Luck Charlie,” Disney Channel, others
“Nick News With Linda Ellerbee – Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home,” Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon in association with others
“One Last Hug: Three Days At Grief Camp,” HBO, HBO Documentary Films, others
“Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass,” HBO, HBO Family, others

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” Lifetime
“Dancing With The Stars,” ABC
“Hollywood Game Night,” NBC
“Project Runway,” Lifetime
“So You Think You Can Dance,” FOX
“The Taste,” ABC

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow,” PBS
“MythBusters,” Discovery Channel
“Shark Tank,” ABC
“Undercover Boss,” CBS
“Who Do You Think You Are?” TLC

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Alaska: The Last Frontier,” Discovery Channel
“Flipping Out,” Bravo
“Million Dollar Listing New York,” Bravo
“Wahlburgers,” A&E
“Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan,” BBC America

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

“JFK (American Experience),” PBS
“Paycheck To Paycheck: The Life And Times Of Katrina Gilbert,” HBO
“Running From Crazy,” OWN
“The Sixties: The Assassination Of President Kennedy,” CNN
“The Square,” Netflix
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” HBO

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

“American Masters,” PBS
“COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” FOX/NatGeo
“Pioneers Of Television,” PBS
“The World Wars,” History Channel
“Years Of Living Dangerously,” Showtime

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” CNN
“Inside The Actors Studio,” Bravo Vice, HBO
“The Writers’ Room,” Sundance Channel

Outstanding Animated Program

“Archer: Archer Vice: The Rules Of Extraction,” FX Networks, FX Productions
“Bob’s Burgers: Mazel Tina,” FOX, 20th Century Fox TV
“Futurama: Meanwhile,” Comedy Central, The Curiosity Company with 20th Century Fox Television
“South Park: Black Friday,” Comedy Central, Central Productions
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project,” Nickelodeon

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program

“Adventure Time: Be More,” Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios
“Disney Mickey Mouse: ‘O Sole Minnie,'” Disney Channel. Disney Television Animation
“Disney Phineas and Ferb: Thanks But No Thanks,” Disney Channel, Disney Television Animation
“Regular Show: The Last Laserdisc Player,” Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios
“Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special,” Cartoon Network, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

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