With the Emmy nominations in, such fan favorites as Orange Is the New Black and Game of Thrones felt the love – with 12 and 19 nominations, respectively.
Others, meanwhile, got left out in the cold.
CBS’s The Good Wife may have just wrapped its most extraordinary season to date, but it found itself snubbed in the best drama category. Newer critical favorites, like NBC’s The Blacklist and FX’s The Americans, were ignored, too.
Also receiving the brush-off: drama and comedy actors Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), James Spader (The Blacklist) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
Cult fave Tatiana Maslany (who deftly portrays a slew of clones with distinctive personalities on BBC America’s Orphan Black) was shut out, as were Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Bellamy Young (ABC’s Scandal) and last year s surprise supporting actress winner Merritt Wever (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie).
And how about a quick tear for Mindy Kaling, who actually announced the nominations Thursday morning but was overlooked for her work in Fox’s The Mindy Project?
So, too, were Joel McHale on NBC’s Community, Ed O Neill on ABC’s Modern Family, Max Greenfield on Fox’s New Girl and four-time Emmy nominee Sofia Vergara on Modern Family.
Balanced Out by Surprises
At least a few surprises took away some of the sting: Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s addictive series set in a women’s prison, and HBO s freshman comedy Silicon Valley will compete against established veterans.
Taylor Schilling (Orange) earned her first nomination in the comedy actress category, while awards magnet Allison Janney earned nods in CBS’s first-year comedy Mom and for Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
Also scoring well-deserved nominations were Benedict Cumberbatch on PBS’s Sherlock: His Last Vow, and Lena Headey on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Of course, should Headey win, she might just do this on the Emmy stage.