- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Here’s the latest on the 68th annual Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday in Los Angeles by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Actor Sterling K. Brown say he’s trying to remain as calm as possible about his first Emmy nomination after 15 years in the business.

Brown received was nominated Thursday for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s hit limited series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Brown says he’s spent Thursday trying to be as supportive of his fellow nominees on the show as possible.

The show earned 22 Emmy nominations Thursday, including six acting nominations for the cast, including Sterling’s co-star Sarah Paulson.

Brown says, “I’ve texted with Sarah and we told each other how much we love each other and how excited we are for each other.”

Earlier Thursday, Paulson told The Associated Press that she was more excited for Brown’s nomination than her own, and she sent him a series of unintelligible texts in her excitement.


12:00 p.m.

Sarah Paulson says she doesn’t like to presume she’ll receive good news on Emmy nominations morning, so Wednesday night she put in ear plugs and put her phone on vibrate.

She needn’t have worried, although she acknowledges, “I didn’t put the ear plugs fully in so maybe I could hear something.”

Paulson received two nominations Thursday, including for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in the FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Paulson says despite her joy for her own recognition, she was happiest to learn that actor Sterling K. Brown was nominated for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in the fictionalized re-telling of the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

She said in her glee she sent a series of unintelligible text messages to Brown. She says, “It looked like a tiny baby infant got a hold of my phone.”

While Paulson knew quickly that she was nominated for her role as Clark, it took a phone call from her close friend, actress Amanda Peet, to discover she was also nominated for supporting actress in “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

It is the fifth year in a row that Paulson has been nominated for her television work in various projects.


11:50 a.m.

Bob Odenkirk says he wasn’t expecting an Emmy nomination for his starring role on “Better Call Saul,” so he opted to take his dog for a walk instead on Thursday morning.

The actor says he was trying to get his pooch to stop chasing lizards and walk up a hill when his publicist called and told him about his nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.

Odenkirk says he will never take for granted that his show, a spinoff of AMC’s popular “Breaking Bad” series, will get awards recognition because of its off beat nature.

He isn’t planning any big celebration Thursday, saying he’ll get some extra iced tea. But he plans to celebrate with the “Better Call Saul” writers and his cast mates as they prepare to film the AMC show’s third season.

Odenkirk was also nominated last year for his role as the titular lawyer in “Better Call Saul.”


11:20 a.m.

Kyle Chandler doesn’t have the most glamorous story about where he was when he learned he was nominated for an Emmy Award Thursday morning.

He says he was taking out the trash.

Chandler, who plays detective John Rayburn on the Netflix series “Bloodline” joked the timing was appropriate for him.

The actor was in a playful mood after the nominations were announced, first joking that he was hang gliding and dropped his phone before telling the real story. He also joked that his wife wouldn’t let the nomination get to his head.

He had been on his way to meet his wife and realized he’d forgotten to take out the garbage, so he turned back and his phone started ringing with congratulatory calls.

It’s the second year Chandler has been nominated for the show, which was just renewed for its third season.

He calls the nomination “more icing on the cake.”


10:40 a.m.

Anthony Anderson says his Emmy nomination for best actor in a comedy series is a dream come true.

The “black-ish” star gleefully cheered when his name was called by actress Lauren Graham, who teamed up with him to announce the 68th annual Emmy Award nominations Thursday morning.

Anderson was also nominated in the same category last year, but this year the world got to see his reaction in real-time.

Anderson tells The Associated Press that making the nomination is part of a dream he’s had since he was a young boy growing up in Compton, California.

He also cheered when “black-ish” co-star Tracee Ellis Ross’ name was called Thursday, and the ABC show was also nominated for best comedy series.

Anderson says, “I’m on cloud nine right now. Since my name, Tracee’s name, and the show’s name was called out, my feet haven’t touched the ground yet.”

The actor adds, “I was just a 9-year-old kid growing up in Compton, California, with a dream and this is the dream that I had. I get to live it every day.”


10:05 a.m.

The executives behind “Downton Abbey” celebrated the news of their last batch of Emmy nominations with champagne - and a bit of swordplay.

“Downton Abbey” executive producer Gareth Neame says he opened a bottle of Dom Pérignon in his office with a sword after hearing the series received 10 nominations for its final season.

Neame says, “It got half a bottle of champagne all over my office furniture, but it does work.”

The show received 69 Emmy nominations over its six-season run. The show traced the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family through a turbulent period of change in England between 1912 and the mid-1920s.

Neame says, “I think the Crawley family would clearly be big fans of Dom P, but I suspect opening the bottle that way would be much too flamboyant for them the English.”

Among the nominations Thursday for “Downton Abbey” was best drama series and a best supporting actress nomination for Maggie Smith.


9:35 a.m.

Beyoncé and Adele’s new music are sure to earn multiple Grammy nominations, but before that they are celebrating with Emmy nominations.

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” her album that was accompanied with an HBO special featuring music videos for each track, earned nominations for outstanding variety special and outstanding directing for a variety special. She shares those nominations with co-director Khalil Joseph.

“Adele Live In New York City” will also compete for outstanding variety special. It aired on NBC last year and featured live performances of songs from her earth-shattering comeback album, “25.” Adele’s special, which taped at Radio City Music Hall, is also nominated for several other awards, including outstanding directing for a variety special and lighting direction for a variety special.

“Lemonade” is also up for outstanding picture editing for a variety special and production design for a variety, nonfiction, event or award special.


9:25 a.m.

The Emmy nominations for outstanding reality competition show have been announced.

The nominees are: “The Amazing Race”; “American Ninja Warrior”; “Dancing With the Stars”; “Project Runway”; “Top Chef”; “The Voice”.


9:10 a.m.

The Emmy Award nominations for the funniest men and women on television have been announced.

The nominees for best actor in a comedy series are: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”; Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”; William H. Macy, “Shameless”; Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”; Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”.

The nominees for best actress in a comedy series are: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”; Laurie Metcalf, “Getting On”; Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”; Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”; Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”.

Anderson, who helped announced the Emmy nominations Thursday, let out loud yells of joy when his name and co-star Ross’ names were announced.


9 a.m.

The Emmy nominations for the best limited television series have been announced. The nominees are: “American Crime”; “Fargo”; “The Night Manager”; “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”; “Roots”.

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” was one of Thursday’s top-nominated shows, receiving 22 nominations including for Sarah Paulson for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark and Courtney B. Vance for his portrayal of late defense attorney Johnnie Cochran.

The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast live on ABC.


8:50 a.m.

The Emmy nominations for the top television drama and comedy series have been announced.

The nominees for best drama series are: “Better Call Saul”; “Downton Abbey”; “Game Of Thrones”; “Homeland”; “House Of Cards”; “Mr. Robot”; “The Americans”.

The nominees for best comedy series are: “black-ish”; “Master Of None”; “Modern Family”; “Silicon Valley”; “Transparent”; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Veep”.

Each of the shows has its ardent fans, who will have to wait until Sept. 18 to find out which show will take home Emmy honors in a presentation hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on ABC.


8:40 a.m.

“Game of Thrones” has received the most nominations for this year’s Emmys.

The HBO fantasy series received 23 nominations, edging out FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which received 22 nominations.

HBO was top-nominated network at a presentation Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The network received 94 nominations.

“Game of Thrones” received nominations in the best supporting drama actor and categories.

HBO became this year’s top nominated network because of shows such as “Game of Thrones,” ”Silicon Valley,” and “Veep.”


8:30 a.m.

The reading of the Emmy nominations has begun.

The nominees for best actor in a drama series include: Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”; Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”.

The nominees for best actress in a drama series include: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”; Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”; Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”; Keri Russell, “The Americans”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards.”


8:25 a.m.

The stage is set and the last sound checks are underway. The reading of the Emmy nominations is about to begin.

Actors Anthony Anderson of “black-ish” and Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” are set to announce the nominees for the best performances and television shows in a variety of categories beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC.


8:10 a.m.

Reporters and industry insiders are gathering for the 8:30 a.m. PDT announcement of nominees for the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the TV academy’s newly opened Saban Media Center in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles.

Top categories will be announced in a five-minute webcast by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham, who will soon take the stage that is flanked with four large Emmy Award statuettes.

Reporters grabbed last-minute bites of breakfast and sips of coffee before the announcement while satellite trucks waited outside to beam the proceedings live. To get into the theater, reporters had to walk down a long hallway with a red carpet that leads into the expansive new space, which sports plush red chairs with armrests.

The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC.


10 p.m.

“Game of Thrones” and “Veep” are among the top contenders for the 68th Primetime Emmy nominations.

The shows claimed the top drama and comedy series prizes at last year’s Emmys. They’ll find out if they made the cut when this year’s nods are announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

Academy voters will get the chance to show if they can keep pace with TV’s increasing diversity. Among the possible contenders include the TV sitcom “black-ish,” the transgender comedy “Transparent” and the Asian-American family comedy “Fresh Off the Boat.”

Viola Davis, who last year became the first woman of color to win for drama series actress, likely will be nominated again for “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The nominations will be announced live on Emmys.com at 11:30 a.m. EDT.


Associated Press writers Lynn Elber, Anthony McCartney, Derrik J. Lang, Mesfin Fekadu and Mike Cidoni Lennox contributed to these reports.

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