Reigning champ “Homeland” marked the first-ever series win for Showtime last year.
Last year and this were the first that snubbed broadcast networks shows as nominees.
The last two Drama Series that won without a directing or writing nomination were “Law and Order” (1997) and “The Practice” (1999). For 2013, “Mad Men” is the only nominee with no directing or writing nominations.
If “Breaking Bad” wins its first Emmy as Best Drama Series this year, it will be for its fifth season. The other shows to win the first time for a fifth season were “The Sopranos” (2004) and “24” (2006).
“Mad Men” is only the second show to win Best Drama Series and yet never win an acting award. The other was “The Fugitive” (1966), which only claimed the top prize once.
"House of Cards" is the first show nominated for a series Emmy from a streaming website, rather than a traditional broadcast or cable network.
Most Drama Series wins (4): “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Mad Men,” “The West Wing.”
Most Drama Series nominations (11): “Law and Order.”
Most Drama Series nominations with no wins (6): “St. Elsewhere.”
Most overall nominations for a drama series in one year (27): “NYPD Blue” (1994).
Most career wins for a drama series (27): “The West Wing.”
Most career nominations for a drama series (124): “E.R.”
Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: “Mad Men” (15 wins; 97 noms), “Downton Abbey” (9 wins; 39 noms), “Game of Thrones” (8 wins; 40 noms), “Breaking Bad” (7 wins; 42 noms), “Homeland” (6 wins, 20 noms), “House of Cards” (0 wins, 9 noms).
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Over the years, Emmy has demonstrated an affinity for certain familiar genres in the races for Best Comedy and Best Drama: the family sitcom (“The Cosby Show,” “Modern Family”), the office comedy (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Office”), the police procedural (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and the courtroom drama (“The Defenders,” “The Practice”). And the races for Best TV Movie and Miniseries have been filled with historical biopics (“Eleanor and Franklin,” “John Adams”) and literary adaptations (“Roots,” “Nicholas Nickleby”).
But Emmy has continually turned a blind eye to science-fiction and fantasy programs. The following 25 programs tried to overcome Emmy's sci-fi/fantasy curse and while some fared better than others, none but "Lost" were able to take the top prize.
Above: She saved the world a lot. But despite the protestations of critics, neither the show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" nor lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar were ever nominated for Emmys. Series creator Joss Whedon received a single writing nod in 2000, losing to "The West Wing"; to date, that is the only time a show on the WB, UPN, or CW networks has ever been nominated for an award presented on the Emmy telecast.
Click arrow to right of photo to see how 24 other sci-fi and fantasy shows fared at the Emmys.
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