Emmy Award nominations: ‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ lead, ‘House of Card’ makes history

As usual, HBO leads the Emmy Awards nominations (108) but streaming service Netflix made a dazzling debut reaping 14 bids, including Best Drama Series (“House of Cards“). (See full list of nominations here.)

HBO rebounded from last year’s 81 bids to break into triple digits again. CBS and NBC are tied with 53 nominations, followed by ABC (45), Showtime (31), PBS (25) and FOX (19). 

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is first among all dramas with 16 noms, including Best Drama Series. Other rivals for that top prize are AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which netted 13 nominations and “Mad Men,” which set a dubious Emmy record last year when it went 0 for 17. This year, the four-time drama champ contends for 12 awards as does PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”

Showtime’s “Homeland” and stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis return to defend their Emmy crowns. The sophomore season of the political drama reaped 11 bids in all.

Three-time comedy winner “30 Rock” (2007 – 2009) leads all laffers, earning 13 nominations for its farewell season on NBC including a bid for Best Comedy Series. 

ABC’s reigning three-time comedy series champ “Modern Family” defends its title with five of its six  adult cast members numbering among its dozen nominations. 

CBS’ top-rated “The Big Bang Theory” contends in this category for a third year, netting eight nominations in total. 

FX’s “Louie” cracked the series race, as multi-hyphenate Louis C.K. earned a record nine nominations including four of the six for this show. 

Two HBO sophmore laffers — “Girls” and “Veep” — round out the race with five noms each. 

American Horror Story” was introduced as a drama series on FX but was reclassified as a miniseries when it was revealed that each season will be distinct. It leads that genre with 17 nominations, including a bid for Best Movie/Miniseries.

Its competition for that award are HBO biopics “Behind the Candelabra” (15 nominations) and “Phil Spector” (8) as well as the BBC co-production “Parades End#” (5), Sundance’s “Top of the Lake” (8), USA’s “Political Animals” (5) and History’s “The Bible” (3).


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