July 18, 2013

Internet shows its muscle by making Emmy history

'House of Cards' becomes the first online series to nab a top nomination, and 'Arrested Development' also earns nods.

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This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in a scene from the Netflix original series, "House of Cards." Spacey was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series.

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This publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series. Clarke was also nominated for best supporting actress.

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"Mad Men" and its creator failed to receive any writing nominations for the first time in the series' six-year history.

Besides "American Horror Story: Asylum," others nominated in the miniseries or movie category are "Behind the Candelabra," ''Phil Spector," ''Political Animals," ''Top of the Lake" and "The Bible," which was a hit for the History channel and is getting a sequel on NBC.

Hot British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who gained fame in "Sherlock" and played the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness," is nominated as best lead actor in the movie and miniseries category for "Parade's End."

In the comedy series category, nominees are "The Big Bang Theory," ''Girls," ''Louie," ''Modern Family," ''Veep" and "30 Rock," recognized for its final season. Another outgoing comedy, "The Office," didn't receive a best series nod.

Joining Spacey in the contest for best drama series actor are Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; and Damian Lewis, "Homeland," last year's winner.

Kevin Bacon, one of the big-screen stars trying their hand at TV, was not recognized in the category for "The Following."

"Breaking Bad," now in its final episodes on AMC, goes out with a best drama Emmy nomination.

"What's so great about this thing is it's going to bring us all back together. A little family reunion. So we get to come back together and celebrate the time we had together and the work that we did. It's very exciting," said "Breaking Bad" actor and best supporting nominee Aaron Paul, who co-hosted the award announcement with Neil Patrick Harris, a last-minute substitute for "House of Cards" actress Kate Mara.

Actresses nominated for their drama series work include Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Vera Farmiga, "Bates Hotel"; Michelle Dockery, "Downtown Abbey"; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"; Connie Britton, "Nashville"; and Kerry Washington, "Scandal." Claire Danes, last year's winner for "Homeland," also got a nod.

The nominees for best actor in a comedy are Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"; Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"; Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"; Louis C.K., "Louie"; and Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."

Jon Cryer, last year's surprise winner for "Two and a Half Men," didn't make the cut this year.

Actresses competing for top comedy acting honors are Laura Dern, "Enlightened"; Lena Dunham, "Girls"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who claimed the trophy last year for "Veep."

Most of the 2012 trophy holders have a chance to repeat.

Maggie Smith was nominated again as best supporting actress in a drama for "Downton Abbey," which has brought her two trophies. Julie Bowen is up for supporting actress in a comedy for "Modern Family."

However, Eric Stonestreet, who claimed the supporting actor award last year for the show, was snubbed while castmates Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell got nods.

HBO received a leading 108 nominations, up a third over last year, followed by CBS and NBC with 53 each, ABC with 45, Showtime with 31 and AMC and FX Networks with 26 each. PBS has 24 and Fox received 19.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sept. 22 on CBS.

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