So which shows are up and which ones are down after Thursday’s announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations? Let’s consider how some top contenders fared. And to see the complete list of nominations, click here.
Last year, “Veep” reaped nine nominations and won Best Comedy Series. The sly political satire nearly doubled that this year with a genre-leading 17 bids. Winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale as well as Anna Chlumsky are all back, joined by Matt Walsh. “Veep” also picked up three bids for directing and two for writing (so much for our worries about vote splitting) and seems set to successfully defend its title.
“Game of Thrones”
“Game of Thrones” set two Emmy records in 2015: the most nominations of the year (24) and the most wins (12) ever by a series. This year, it leads all programs with a whopping 23 bids, among which are nominations in all the key categories — six for acting, two for directing, one for writing, two for editing, one for casting — essential for a second straight Drama Series win.
This high-tech comedy continues to improve its standing at the Emmys, earning 11 nominations for its third season. That is up from seven last year and five in 2014. It picked up double bids in directing, writing and editing. And leading man Thomas Middleditch became the first of the cast to be an Emmy nominee
After doing better than we expected last year for its first season with 10 nominations and a win for supporting actress Regina King, the sophomore edition of this ABC’s anthology series underperformed. It has just four bids in all, Limited Series and three for acting.
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
Each of the first four editions of “American Horror Story” has been among the top nominees: 19 last year and 17 in each of its first three seasons. However, this fifth edition, “Hotel,” didn’t check out for voters, who dropped it from Limited Series and handed it only eight nominations in all.
Last year, “Modern Family” saw its five-year winning streak end as it lost Best Comedy Series to “Veep.” It had just six nominations in 2015 and dropped to only four this year. Two-time champ Julie Bowen has been bounced from Best Comedy Supporting Actress after six straight bids. And once again, this laffer is MIA from both the writing and directing races. The last Best Comedy champ without a nomination in at least one of those categories was “Friends” in 2002.
“Orange is the New Black”
The shift from comedy to drama continues to hurt this show. Last year, it had just four nominations: Drama Series, Drama Supporting Actress (Uzo Aduba), Drama Guest Actor (Pablo Schreiber) and Drama Casting. This year, it was reduced to just one (Casting).
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“House of Cards”
The political drama had another strong showing with 13 nominations (up from 11 in both 2015 and 2014). Among these are bids by leads Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (who are both strongly positioned for wins after three straight losses) as well as an impressive five for guest performers. However, for the second year running it was snubbed for both directing and writing. The last drama series to take the top prize without contending in at least one of these races was “The Practice” in 1999.
Last year, “Transparent” reaped 11 bids, which made it both the most nominated comedy and the leader among new series. For its second season, it is down to 10. That drop came despite it jumping up from three to five nominations for the cast.