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Here are the nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

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This morning in Hollywood, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly announced the potential winners and unavoidable disappointments of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. And though there’s more quality TV to watch then ever before, the Television Academy has clearly greeted this development by ignoring new shows and simply tucking into the same nine or 10 series it’s kept up with in the last few years. For example, the debut of True Detective and the apparent deletion of Homeland season passes (the academy is only watching that one for the acting now) are the only things differentiating this year’s Outstanding Drama Series nominations from last year’s. Comedy’s fairly stagnant, too, with young bucks Orange Is The New Black and Silicon Valley being all that stands between Modern Family and a record-setting fifth consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy. (Because if Louie, Veep, and The Big Bang Theory didn’t stop the Pritchett-Delgado-Dunphy-Tucker clan in 2013, why would they in 2014?)


The various category shenanigans pulled by Orange Is The New Black (which submitted as a comedy, rather than a drama), True Detective (submitted as drama, rather than a miniseries), and Shameless (which has movie star William H. Macy in it) paid off handsomely for those series, with Orange netting 12 nominations and its cast dominating the Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series category. So at least Emmy voters are giving this whole Netflix thing a shot?

Also: Thanks to the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance category, you can now say the words “the Emmy-nominated Dog With A Blog” with 100 percent sincerity.

A list of nominations in major categories follows; a complete list can be found here.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Orange Is The New Black

Silicon Valley


Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

House Of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven

Bonnie & Clyde




The White Queen

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan, Masters Of Sex

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Wright, House Of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House Of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Drive, Girls

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Fred Armisen, Portlandia

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is The New Black

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: “His Last Vow

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On The Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton And Taylor

Minnie Driver, Return To Zero

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven

Cicely Tyson, The Trip To Bountiful

Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Of Babylon

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad (“Ozymandias”)

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad (“Felina”)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game Of Thrones (“The Children”)

Beau Willimon, House Of Cards (“Chapter 14”)

Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective (“The Secret Fate Of All Life”)

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes (“Episode 305”)

Louis C.K., Louie (“So Did The Fat Lady”)

Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan, Orange Is The New Black (“I Wasn’t Ready”)

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley (“Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”)

Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci, Veep (“Special Relationship”)

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding TV Movie

Killing Kennedy

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

The Normal Heart

Sherlock: “His Last Vow”

The Trip To Bountiful