Nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards played out more or less as expected Thursday, with newcomers “Orange Is the New Black” and “True Detective” joining a host of repeat nominees including “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
The Outstanding drama series field also includes “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards” and “Mad Men.” The other Outstanding Comedy Series nominees are “Louie,” four-time winner “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.”
“Game of Thrones” is the overall nomination leader with 19, including acting nods for Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg as well as writing and directing nominations. FX’s “Fargo” is right behind with 18 nominations. “Breaking Bad” collected 16 in its final go-round.
“Orange Is the New Black” collected a host of acting nominations, including three of the six spots for guest actress in a comedy for Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox. Taylor Schilling (lead actress in a comedy) and Kate Mulgrew (supporting actress in a comedy) also picked up nominations, and the show got writing and directing nominations too.
Both “True Detective” stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, will compete for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Creator Nic Pizzolatto got a writing nomination for “The Secret Fate of All Life” (the “Time is a flat circle” episode) and director Cary Fukunaga scored a nod for “Who Goes There,” which included the bravura six-minute continuous shot of a raid on a drug house.
There were inevitable disappointments. Tatiana Maslany was once again overlooked for her multiple-role “Orphan Black” performance, “Shameless” didn’t really benefit from a move to the comedy field and “Masters of Sex” failed to get any recognition for writing or directing — though it did pick up nominations for lead actress Lizzy Caplan and guest stars Beau Bridges and Allison Janney. “The Good Wife” and “The Americans” also missed out on drama series nods after what were almost universally acknowledged as outstanding seasons.