Top nominations were announced by Kerry Washington of “Scandal” and by Jimmy Kimmel, who will host the awards and who filled in Thursday for Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation,” held up by weather-related travel delays on the East Coast.
“This is a sex dream, isn’t it?” joked Kimmel, ABC’s late-night host, who arrived on stage at the TV academy dressed in pajamas. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was nominated in the variety category.
The Emmy ceremony is scheduled to air on ABC on Sept. 23.
Academy voters paid tribute to the late Kathryn Joosten, who received a supporting actress bid for her role as Wisteria Lane neighbor Karen McClusky in “Desperate Housewives.” Joosten, who had won two Emmys for the role, died in June of lung cancer.
The show’s other stars failed to make the Emmy cut for its eighth and final season. Hugh Laurie, whose show “House” also wrapped after eight years, didn’t get a last shot at winning a trophy for his cranky Dr. House.
“American Idol,” TV’s top-rated non-sports show, was shut out of the best reality series contest for the first time in its 11-year history, although Ryan Seacrest was nominated as host. Its biggest competition in the reality-singing category, “The Voice,” did get a nod. Adding to the sting, “Idol” has seen its audience steadily erode and is searching for judges to replace Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
Competition for “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” includes national security drama “Homeland,” prohibition-era crime saga “Boardwalk Empire,” teacher-turned-drugmaker tale “Breaking Bad” and the elaborate fantasy “Game of Thrones,” based on George R.R. Martin’s novels.
“Downton Abbey,” which has earned ratings and buzz for PBS, was named best miniseries last year but was switched to the drama category this time around. The TV academy’s prime-time awards committee decided its continuing story line made it a series.
“American Horror Story” decided to move to the miniseries category after competing as a drama series in the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Besides “Modern Family,” `’Girls” and “Veep,” comedy series nominees include “The Big Bang Theory,” `‘30 Rock” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Big-screen stars who have a shot at the small-screen trophy for their TV movie work include Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman for “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” about the tumultuous romance of Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn, Julianne Moore for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in “Game Change” and Kevin Costner for “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Rising British star Benedict Cumberbatch won a bid for his contemporary “Sherlock” portrayal. “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” earned 13 bids as a “Masterpiece” movie on PBS.
“Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, who hasn’t shared in his show’s string of wins, will have his fifth shot at a lead actor Emmy. Bryan Cranston, the “Breaking Bad” star who denied Hamm the award three times before, was nominated again for his role as a teacher with cancer who gets embroiled in drug trafficking.
“Our show is like stinky cheese,” Cranston said. “You have to develop a taste for it.”
Also nominated were Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire,” Michael C. Hall for “Dexter,” Hugh Bonneville for “Downton Abbey” and Damian Lewis for “Homeland.”View Entire Story
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