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by Peter Knegt
July 18, 2013 10:49 AM
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13 Notable Things About The 2013 Emmy Award Nominations

'Louie' FX

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.

"Mad Men." AMC

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.


  • Bertram J. Krogh | July 20, 2013 6:24 AMReply

    The House of Cards love is really interesting. I think its nominations will boost an increase in series airing exclusively on Netflix.

  • Rania | July 19, 2013 7:39 AMReply

    Any lack of acclaim for MAD MEN's writing, acting, directing, and other categories throughout the years is incomprehensible to me. And I challenge the commenter who says this was the worst season to watch it again.

  • Nancy Nigrosh | July 18, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    great stat about directing nominations - 50% - that's gotta be a record!

  • loyd | July 18, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    lol, that passage near the end, about half the nominnes in directing being women is ridiculous; you shouldn't want more women to be nominated just because they are women, seriously. And it's not the first time this blog does something like this, when Helen Mirren was at the Empire Awards and used Sam Mendes' list of best movies to illustrate that there should be more female directors (and it should indeed), the headline on Indiewire was something like "Helen Mirren criticizes Sam Mendes' list"... well...

  • - | July 18, 2013 2:04 PMReply

    Mad Men not getting nominated for writing is kind of f'd in the A. I mean, I know season 6 is probably the worst season of the show, but I'd have thought that at least 'In Care of' or 'For Immediate Release' would have gotten nominations.
    Oh well, I just hope Homeland doesn't win again. I'm honestly not sure if it even deserved a nomination this year.

  • Stephanie | July 18, 2013 3:24 PM

    Well, it's f'd that this is the first time Breaking Bad has been nominated for writing at all, and it's for the 5th season. The show has had superb writing from the very beginning.

  • tahonia | July 18, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    I'm bummed that Aaron Sorkin was not recognized for outstanding writing for The Newsroom.

  • Jon | July 18, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Bummed Parker Posey got shut out...she was great in Louie.

  • John | July 18, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    Another stat of note, only 3/94 acting nominations went to African American actors: Alfre Woodard, Kerri Washington, and Don Cheadle.