This year’s Emmy nominations have finally been announced. The real question is who will rule the tube? The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show will declare the winners on August 25 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles which will air live on NBC and will be hosted by Seth Meyers. The announcement was made Thursday from the Television Academy’s headquarters in North Hollywood, California, by Carson Daly and Mindy Kaling.
The nominated television shows for best drama include: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, True Detective and House of Cards. The contenders for the top comedy series consists of: Louie, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Orange is the New Black, and Veep. And the nominees for outstanding variety show features: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Not surprisingly, the vicious tale Game of Thrones is currently the top contender with a whopping 19 nominations. Fargo, the miniseries inspired by the popular movie of the same name (based off of a true story) which was written by the Coen brothers, has received 18 bids. American Horror Story: Coven has received 17 votes, and The Normal Heart, the touching drama about AIDS has a total of 16 nominations. In addition, Breaking Bad obtained 16 bids for its last season, which included best drama and best actor for leading man Bryan Cranston.
The broadcast networks fared well overall, but HBO was the returning cable television network leader with 99 nominations. CBS currently leads the broadcast networks with a total of 47 Emmy nominations. Netflix, the internet streaming service, has also accumulated a huge number of nods with a total of 31 which includes House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. PBS obtained 34 bids.
Although HBO has received the most nominations for a wide variety of TV shows and movies, it does not necessarily mean that the network will win in all of its voted categories. Since the Emmy nominations have been announced, both the selected actors as well as the viewers are wondering, ‘Who will rule the tube?’
The TV movie candidates are also ones to look out for and are: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Killing Kennedy, The Trip to Bountiful, and Sherlock: His Last Vow. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will compete for best drama actor from True Detective, along with Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, and Jon Hamm for Mad Men. Lead actresses Claire Danes in Homeland, Lizzy Caplan from Masters of Sex, Julianna Marguiles in The Good Wife, Kerry Washington from Scandal, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, and Robin Wright in House of Cards will battle it out for the top spot.
A few shows were snubbed from what some would call a much-deserved spot at the Emmy’s. According to Forbes magazine, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men and the Parks and Recreation series was completely shut out of the “outstanding comedy” category and both should have been in the running.
The Emmy nominations have been announced, and it is difficult to say which television shows will leave with an award. Who will rule the tube? Viewers will have to patiently wait until August to find out.
By Amy Nelson
Detroit Free Press