By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 18, 2013 at 10:49AM
The 65th Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and per usual it was a mixed bag of the highly expected, the unfortunately snubbed and the bizarre surprises. Here's a rundown of 13 noteworthy things from the 2013 nominations, in case you don't feel like sifting through a good hundred categories here.
1. "House of Cards" became the first digital series nominated for a best series Emmy. As Indiewire's TV editor Alison Willmore notes in this analysis, digital television arrived at the Emmys this year largely thanks to Netflix's "House of Cards," which managed 9 nods, including best dramatic series, acting (for both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright), writing and directing.
2. But "Arrested Development" didn't follow suit. Meanwhile, Neflix's other contender "Arrested Development," managed a disappointing 3 nominations, none of which were for comedy series. The series had a ton of previous nominations from its run on network television (including a comedy series nod for every season it aired), but its only major bid came for Jason Bateman in the rather uncompetitive best comedy actor category.
3. "American Horror Story" gets the most nominations two years in a row. Just like last year, FX's "American Horror Story" managed 17 nominations, more than any show. In addition to a slew of technical nods, the Ryan Murphy "miniseries" saw actors Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto and James Cromwell all receive recognition.
4. "Game of Thrones" steals the top drama series crown from "Mad Men." Last year, "Mad Men" tied "American Horror Story" for the most overall nominations (17), but this time around fell to only 11. As a result, "Game of Thrones" became the new champion of the dramatic series field, taking 16 nominations ("Breaking Bad" also beat "Mad Men," taking 13).
5. "Mad Men" shut out of writing for first time. Not to keep picking on Matthew Weiner and co, but "Mad Men" did not manage a writing nomination for the very first time this year.
6. Louis C.K. got nine nominations! A year after nabbing a whopping six nominations (and winning two), Louie C.K. broke his own record by taking 9 nods: Acting, producing, directing and writing nods for his FX show, three more for producing, writing, edited and directing his special "Louis C.K.: Oh My God," and another for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live." Well on his way to the record books, Mr. C.K. now has 25 lifetime Emmy nominations.
7. The "Veep" and "Girls" supporting casts join their leads this time around. Last year, the first seasons of HBO's "Veep" and "Girls" both got series nominations and nods for their lead actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham. A year later, the same occurred, but this time they were joined by Adam Driver ("Girls"), Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky ("Veep").
8. Eric Stonestreet and Jon Cryer snubbed after winning last year. In a rare feat, "Modern Family" and "Two and a Half Men" actors Eric Stonestreet and Jon Cryer managed to go from winning one year, to not even being nominated the next. Worse for Stonestreet is that he's the only adult cast member of "Modern Family" not to be nominated.
9. Julianna Margulies doesn't make the epic best dramatic actress lineup. Another previous winner (though not last year), Julianna Margulies did not make the cut for "The Good Wife" this time around, despite there being 7 nominees. Elisabeth Moss, Claire Danes and Michelle Dockery all returned from last year's nominations, while newbies Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright, Connie Britton and Kerry Washington all joined them over Margulies in a surprising (for the Emmys) instance of a lot of fresh blood.
10. The lead actor in miniseries will go to HBO. Because every single one of the nominees was on an HBO show.
11. Laura Dern! Speaking of HBO, its critically lauded but ratings challenged "Enlightened" found a silver lining to its unfortunate cancellation in an extremely deserved nomination for lead actress Laura Dern. It recalls fond memories of Lisa Kudrow's post-cancellation nod for "The Comeback"...
12. Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond share a nomination for songwriting. The final season of "30 Rock" took an impressive 13 nominations, including 3 for creator/star Tina Fey. One of them, interestingly, was for co-writing the song "Rural Juror" with her husband Jeff Richmond. You can watch Jane Krakowski perform it below:
13. Half the series' directing nominees are women. Take that, Oscars. Or movies in general. A shockingly acceptable half of the 10 nominees for directing drama and comedy series were female: Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Gail Mancuso ("Modern Family"), Beth McCarthy-Miller ("30 Rock"), Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad") and Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland").