Jul 102014


The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was released this morning, and our shows represent (shows we actively blog in bold below)!

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on August 25th.

Read the full list below! Be outraged! Sound off!

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

(Note: Only three of these are shows we actively blog, but I am a fan of Game of Thrones and True Detective as well, and plan to watch House of Cards soon. But seriously, Downton over Masters of Sex? Really?)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

(Hamm should have won every one of these for years, but I think this year it belongs to McConaughey.)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

(Go Mandy! Only 4? No Vincent Kartheiser? Grrr.)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Veep” (HBO)

“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

(Orange is the New Black is my favorite new show and the best thing on TV that isn’t Mad Men.)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)

Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)

Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Fargo” (FX)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)

“Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)

“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)

Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)

Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste” (ABC)

Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)

(I always root for Cat Deely.)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Alaska: Last Frontier” (Discovery Channel)

“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)

“Flipping Out” (Bravo)

“Million Dollar Listing” (BRavo)

“Wahlburgers” (A&E)

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Kate Mara, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kate Burton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (FX)

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Paul Giamiatti, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Reg. E Cathey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Robert Morse, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Joe Morton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Beau Willimon, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto, “True Detective” (HBO)

(Oh, fer the luva GAWD. You cannot take drama writing seriously and ignore Mad Men. You just can’t.)


  15 Responses to “Emmy Award Nominations Announced!”

  1. So happy to Jon Hamm listed among the contenders!
    It would be so sweet if Don and Bert win!
    I can see the photos in my mind’s eye.

  2. Here’s hoping that the vote is split between the True Detective leads and Jon Hamm finally gets that well-deserved Emmy … if not he breaks the record for number of Emmy nominations without a win … simply ridiculous!

  3. I think this is an even harder year for Jon to win, but I am so hoping that he goes home with at lest one before Mad Men ends.

    I can’t even believe the series has wrapped 🙁

  4. Good luck Father Colin

  5. Yay for Jon Hamm, Robert Morse, and Christina Hendricks!! Here’s hoping that Morse gets the recognition for his one-of-a-kind exit. Only he could pull that off!

    On an unrelated note, what’s up with Fred Armisen getting a Supporting Actor nod for Portlandia?!? He and Carrie Brownstein are basically the entire show. The illogic of these Hollywood awards…

  6. From NYT Interview with Jon Hamm (morning of 10JULY2014):


    (on his 7th nomination as a lead actor in Mad Men)

    This the first time I’ve ever been awake for one of these. I’m on the East Coast, so I’m up at a sensible and legitimate hour of the morning, rather than 5:30 a.m. [the time the nominations are announced in Los Angeles].

    (on wrapping Mad Men for the last time)

    It was emotional for everybody. The last day was a series of saying goodbye to people, even though everyone hung around and we all stayed there until late in the evening. It was a bunch of people saying goodbye to characters that they had originated and played for many, many years.

    (on feeling “the same wounds” that viewers feel over Don losing Megan)

    I’ve always held out hope that Don would find some kind of peace or stability in his life. That hasn’t necessarily been forthcoming. [laughs] …. It’s hard to be in that place, day in and day out. It’s not fun. I do root for Don in a certain way, in the way that you root for your friends who are tortured or messed up in some way.

    (on bidding farewell to Robert Morse as Bert Cooper – and his departing song and dance)

    it was impressive to watch his commitment to that bit. You could just see the seasoned performer in him come out. It was fun to watch, but it was hard to keep it together, because it’s Bobby and we’d been working together for the better part of a decade.

    (on what’s next)

    I haven’t really thought about it. It’s too much. I’m still in the process of letting go of the show and reconnecting with my life and my family. … I know right now I’m going to eat breakfast. That’s the extent of my looking into the future.

  7. I’ve often thought that winning an awards nomination is much like being named a Major League Baseball All-Star – it’s an honor even if you don’t get into the game (in the old days a marginal All Star got splinters warming the bench).

    For drama writing Mad Men has competed with itself (thus “diluting votes”) in five seasons. Two of those seasons another show got the nod. So what’s better: three wins or 13 nominations? I’d go with the latter.

    Wikipedia provides a list for this. Turns out only two other shows has had more nominations – The Sopranos and Hill Street Blues. One could argue that it’s a bigger accomplishment to be nominated now than in the 80s when Hill Street was hot.

    Anyway, here are some of the notable nominees:

    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (1969-70 to 2012-13)


    1969-70 to 2012-13

    Breaking Bad – 2 nominations (4 including 2013-14)

    ER – 7 nominations

    Hill Street Blues – 16 nominations (4 of 5 – 1981-82, 5/5 – a sweep – 1982-83)

    LA Law – 12 nominations

    Lou Grant – 9 nominations

    Mad Man – 13 nominations (3/5 twice – 2008-09 and 2011-12)

    NYPD Blue – 12 nominations

    St. Elsewhere – 10 nominations

    The Sopranos – 21 nominations

    The Wire – 2 nominations

  8. I’d love if Bobby Morse wins, but I haven’t seen the other nominees in that category. Sad that John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss and Kiernan Shipka were ignored, but at least Jon Hamm was nominated. I suspect they’re all be practicing their poker faces for the big event!

    Good luck to Bobby, Jon, Mad Men and all the nominees.

    • I haven’t seen all of them. As much as I love Bert Cooper and Robert Morse, I’d give it to Beau Bridges, who has been devastating on M of S.

      • I’ll second your nod to Bridges, whose character was rung out so thoroughly. As Provost Scully he was much more intergral to the plot of MoS than Cooper was to Mad Men – writer’s decision, but so it goes.

  9. *emotionally* rung out, that is.

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