Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by all of the 2016 nominees for Best Drama Series. Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six episodes each to Emmy voters. Every acting nominee (except for limited series leads) must submit one sample episode. Voters are asked to watch these online before checking off their ballots, but enforcement is not strictly policed. It’s an honor system.
FX contender “The Americans” has its first series nomination for its fourth season. It has a total of five bids, including for its leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, guest star Margo Martindale, and writing. The show’s six episode entries are “Chloramphenicol,” “Travel Agents,” “The Magic of David Copperfield V,” “The Day After,” “A Roy Rogers in Franconia,” and “Persona Non Grata.”
AMC contender “Better Call Saul” has a second straight nomination in this top category. Its seven total bids this year include lead actor Bob Odenkirk, supporting actor Jonathan Banks, picture editing (2), sound mixing, and special visual effects. The show’s six episodes submitted are “Gloves Off,” “Rebecca,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Fifi,” “Nailed,” and “Klick.”
PBS contender “Downton Abbey” completes its run with a sixth consecutive program nomination (five in this category and its first with a victory as a miniseries). It has 10 total nominations this time, with the others for supporting actress Maggie Smith, directing, writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, production design, and sound mixing. The six episodes entered are “Episode 6.01,” “Episode 6.03,” “Episode 6.06,” “Episode 6.07,” “Episode 6.08,” and “Episode 6.09.”
HBO contender “Game of Thrones” is the reigning champ with a sixth straight nomination in this category. It has a leading 23 bids this year, including for supporting actors Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington, supporting actresses Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams, and guest star Max von Sydow. Others categories are directing (2), writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup (2), picture editing (2), production design, sound editing, sound mixing, stunt coordination, and special visual effects. The six episode submissions are “The Red Woman,” “Home,” “Oathbreaker,” “Book of the Stranger,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter.”
Showtime contender “Homeland” won this category in 2012 and has another four nominations this year. The others are for lead actress Claire Danes, directing, and cinematography. The six episode entries are “The Tradition of Hospitality,” “Why Is This Night Different?,” “All About Allison,” “The Litvinov Ruse,” “Our Man in Damascus,” and “A False Glimmer.”
Netflix contender “House of Cards” is nominated for a fourth straight time in this category. Its 13 bids this year include leads Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, supporting actor Michael Kelly, and guest stars Mahershala Ali, Reg E. Cathey, Paul Sparks, Ellen Burstyn, and Molly Parker, plus casting, cinematography, production design, and sound mixing. The show’s six episodes are “Chapter 40,” “Chapter 41,” “Chapter 42,” “Chapter 43,” “Chapter 44,” and “Chapter 45.”
USA contender “Mr. Robot” is the only rookie show nominated for the top category. Its six overall bids are for lead actor Rami Malek, writing, casting, music, and sound mixing. The six episode submissions are “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov,” “eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg,” “eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf,” “eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v,” “eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt,” and “eps1.9_zer0-day.avi.”
We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps. Click here for the full list of submissions in our forums as they have been announced so far.
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