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Emmy Nominations Analysis: Netflix Makes News with ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Arrested Development,’ But HBO is Still King, Snubs and Omissions (UPDATED)

Emmy Nominations Analysis: Netflix Makes News with 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development,' But HBO is Still King, Snubs and Omissions (UPDATED)

The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. While regularly nominated shows “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men,” “Homeland,” “Breaking Bad,” “Girls” and “Louie” all scored, Netflix had the biggest coup with 14 nominations: David Fincher and Beau Willimon’s “House of Cards” is up for four major awards including Outstanding Drama series and Lead Actor and Actress for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, respectively. The fourth season of “Arrested Development” is up for one comedy series award for Best Actor Jason Bateman — these are the first digital series to receive major nominations in the Emmys

“We are overwhelmed with 14 nominations and honored by a warm welcome which confirms what we have always believed, that great television is great television regardless of where, when and how it is enjoyed,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.  “We are so proud of our series creators and their groundbreaking work on ‘House of Cards,’  ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Hemlock Grove.’ 

Also making a good showing was up-and-coming Sundance Channel with a record ten total nominations. Eight were for Jane Campion’s moody New Zealand miniseries”Top of the Lake,” including Elisabeth Moss, who also was nominated for “Mad Men,” and two for “Restless.” “Top of the Lake” nabbed a category nomination for for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and acting nominations for Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan.

Neither Netflix or Sundance is catching up with grand dame HBO, however, which still dominated the nominations with 108, 27 more than last year, with 16 for top drama “Game of Thrones.” The George R.R. Martin fantasy series is the must-attend Hall H panel at Comic-Con this week, judging from the want-to-see from journalists at the Hitfix party Wednesday night, where TV critic and author Alan Sepinwall held court. Until the last few years, Hall H was once reserved only for movies; like the entertainment industry itself, TV is taking over. Only Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” and Disney’s Marvel panel have as much heat.

HBO also grabbed 15 noms for “Behind the Candelabra,” “Phil Spector” received 11 nominations, “Boardwalk Empire,” 10, and “Veep” and “Girls” five each. FX grabbed the crown for most Emmy nominations for one show, the miniseries “American Horror Story: Asylum” earned 17, one more than “GoT.”

PBS’s popular escapist period drama “Downton Abbey” scored 16 nominations. Also doing well at the Emmys were SNL alumnae, including Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and more.

Among movie folk, Jane Campion, Steven Soderbergh, and David Fincher grabbed noms, as well as Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Jane Fonda (“Newsroom”), Michael Douglas and Matt Damon (“Behind the Candelabra”), and Al Pacino and Helen Mirren (HBO’s “Phil Spector) scored noms.

Major omissions included Tatiana Maslany in “Orphan Black,” Rebecca Hall in “Parade’s End” (Benedict Cumberbatch got the Best Actor nod), Mereille Enos in “The Killing,” Timothy Olyphant in “Justified” and Matthew Rees, Keri Russell and Noah Emmerich in “The Americans”–Emmy favorite Margo Martindale took the supporting actress nod.  

The winners of the Emmy Awards will be revealed live on CBS on September 22; Emmy nominee Neil Patrick Harris is back as host. Full list below. Indiewire TV critic Alison Willmore’s analyzes the nominations. Our interview with Willimon is here,


Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” – AMC

“Downton Abbey” – PBS

“Game of Thrones” – HBO

“Homeland” – Showtime

“House of Cards” – Netflix

“Mad Men” – AMC


Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” – CBS

“Girls” – HBO

“30 Rock” – NBC

“Louie” – FX

“Modern Family” – ABC

“Veep” – HBO


Lead Actor – Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”


Lead Actress – Drama Series

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”


Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”

Michael Douglas, “Behind The Candelabra”

Matt Damon, “Behind The Candelabra”

Toby Jones, “The Girl”

Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”


Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter”

Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”

Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”


Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars”

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”


Lead Actor – Comedy Series

Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Louie C.K., “Louie”

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”


Lead Actress – Comedy Series

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”


Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” – CBS

“Project Runway” – Lifetime

“So You Think You Can Dance” – Fox

“Top Chef” – Bravo

“The Voice” – NBC


Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” – Comedy Central

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” – Comedy Central

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – ABC

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” – ABC

“Real Time With Bill Maher” – HBO

“Saturday Night Live” – NBC


Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

“American Horror Story: Asylum” • FX Networks

“Behind The Candelabra” • HBO

“The Bible” • HISTORY

“Phil Spector ” • HBO

“Political Animals” • USA

“Top Of The Lake” • Sundance Channel


Supporting Actor – Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire “

Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”

Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

Rupert Friend, “Homeland”

Robert Morse, “Mad Men”

Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men”

Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”


Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”

Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”

Joan Cusack, “Shameless”


Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

George Mastras, “Breaking Bad” • Dead Freight

Thomas Schnauz, “Breaking Bad” • Say My Name

Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” • Episode 4

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game Of Thrones” • The Rains
Of Castamere

Henry Bromell, “Homeland” • Q&A •


Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire” • Margate Sands

Michelle MacLaren, “Breaking Bad” • Gliding Over All

Jeremy Webb, “Downton Abbey” • Episode 4

Lesli Linka Glatter, “Homeland” • Q&A

David Fincher, “House Of Cards” • Chapter 1


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family” as Jay Pritchett

Ty Burrell, ”Modern Family” as Phil Dunphy

Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Tony Hale, “Veep”


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” as Amy Farrah Fowler

Jane Lynch, “Glee” as Sue Sylvester

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” as Gloria Pritchett

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” as Claire Dunphy

Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie” as Zoey Barkow

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock” as Jenna Maroney

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” as Amy Brookheimer


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”

Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”

Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”

Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”

Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”

Will Forte, “30 Rock”


Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”

Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”

Melissa Leo, “Louie”

Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”


Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, “Episodes” • Episode 209

Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, “Louie” • Daddy’s Girlfriend
(Part 1)

Greg Daniels, “The Office” • Finale

Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, “30 Rock” • Hogcock!

Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock” • Last Lunch


Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls” • On All Fours

Paris Barclay, “Glee • Diva

Louis C.K., “Louie” • New Year’s Eve

Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family” • Arrested •

Beth McCarthy-Miller, “30 Rock” • Hogcock! / Last Lunch


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Scott Bakula, “Behind The Candelabra”

John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C: Hereafter”

Peter Mullan, “Top Of The Lake”


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”

Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”

Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”

Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”

Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”


Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic

Richard LaGravenese, “Behind The Candelabra”

Abi Morgan, “The Hour”

Tom Stoppard, “Parade’s End”

David Mamet, “Phil Spector”

Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, “Top Of The Lake”


Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic

Steven Soderbergh, “Behind The Candelabra”

Julian Jarrold, “The Girl”

David Mamet, “Phil Spector”

Allison Anders, “Ring Of Fire”

Jane Campion and Garth Davis, “Top Of The Lake” • Part 5


Outstanding Variety Special

“The Kennedy Center Honors”

“Louis C.K.: Oh My God”

“Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob”

“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)”

“12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief”


Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

“The Colbert Report”

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”


“Real Time With Bill Maher”

“Saturday Night Live”


Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special

“The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards”

“Louis C.K.: Oh My God”

“Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism

“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)”

“66th Annual Tony Awards”


Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

James Hoskinson, “The Colbert Report” • Episode 8131

Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” • Episode

Andy Fisher, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” • Episode 13-1810

Jerry Foley, “Late Show With David Letterman” • Episode 3749

Jonathan Krisel, “Portlandia” • Alexandra

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” • Host: Justin


Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Louis J. Horvitz, “The Kennedy Center Honors”

Bucky Gunts and Hamish Hamilton, “London 2012 Olympic Games
Opening Ceremony”

Louis C.K., “Louis C.K.: Oh My God”

Don Mischer, “The Oscars”

Michael Dempsey, “12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief”


Outstanding Special Class Programs

“The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards”

“London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony”

“The Oscars”

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Live From Lincoln

“66th Annual Tony Awards”


Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action
Entertainment Programs

“Between Two Ferns” • FunnyOrDie.com

“Burning Love” • Yahoo.com

“Childrens Hospital” • Cartoon Network

“The Daily Show Correspondents Explain” • TheDailyShow.com

“Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé” • CBS •
NFL Network

“30 Rock: The Webisodes” • NBC.com


Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs

“Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” • Crackle.com

“Jay Leno’s Garage” • JayLenosGarage.com

“The Office: The Farewells” • NBC.com

“Remembering 9/11″ • History.com

“30 Rock: The Final Season” • NBC.com

“Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen” • BravoTV.com


Outstanding Interactive Program

Bravo’s Top Chef Interactive Experience • BravoTV.com

Game Of Thrones Season Three Enhanced Digital Experience •

The Homeland SHO Sync Experience • SHO.com

Killing Lincoln • NatGeoTV.com

Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism
Programs • ComedyCentral.com

The Team Coco Sync Multi-Screen Experience • TeamCoco.com

The Walking Dead Story Sync • AMCTV.com


Outstanding Children’s Program

Good Luck Charlie


Nick News With Linda Ellerbee

The Weight Of The Nation For Kids: Quiz Ed!

A YoungArts Masterclass


Outstanding Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow”

“Deadliest Catch”

“Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives”


“Shark Tank”

“Undercover Boss”


Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

“All The President’s Men Revisited”

“Crossfire Hurricane”

“Death And The Civil War (American Experience)”


“Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden”


Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

“The Abolitionists (American Experience)”

“American Masters”

“The Men Who Built America”

“Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman”



Outstanding Informational Series Or Special

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

“Brain Games”

“Inside The Actors Studio”

“Oprah’s Master Class”

“Stand Up To Cancer”


Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” • Libya

Dayton Duncan, “The Dust Bowl” • The Great Plow Up

Mark Bailey, “Ethel”

Alex Gibney, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God”

Stephen David, Patrick Reams, David C. White, Keith Palmer
and Randy Counsman, “The Men Who Built America •


Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming

Robert Trachtenberg, “Mel Brooks: Make A Noise”

Rory Kennedy, “Ethel”

Alex Gibney, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God”

Glenn Weiss, “Survivor • Live Finale And Reunion (Caramoan:
Fans Vs. Favorites)”

Michael Simon, “Survivor • Live Finale And
Reunion (Philippines)

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