Shows new and old triumphed in the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, but not all were as expected. (To see the complete list of Emmy nominees, click here. And to see our list of the most shocking snubs, click here.)
We knew that the Emmys love Ricky Gervais but didn’t know how they’d feel about his Netflix series “Derek.” They nominated him for Best Comedy Actor, upsetting expected contender Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“).
Also getting an extra, unexpected hug was “American Horror Story: Coven.” In addition to less surprising nominees Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, the TV academy also reached out to Frances Conroy for Movie/Mini Supporting Actress.
“Portlandia” came out of nowhere to receive nominations not just for Variety Writing and Variety Directing, but also a pair of bids in the comedy races: Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Fred Armisen) and Comedy Guest Actor (Steve Buscemi).
Speaking of “SNL,” few anticipated that Kate McKinnon would break through for the first time for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for the NBC sketch series. She joins two other women who have earned bids in that category: Wiig and Amy Poehler.
Despite previous snubs in the Drama Series races, HBO’s “Treme” was bolstered in its final miniseries season, which earned unexpected bids for Best Miniseries and Best Movie/Mini Writing.
To see a photo gallery of this year’s biggest surprise nominees, look below or click here.