Favorite shows and stars to battle it out at 66th annual Emmys

Earlier this month, Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly revealed the nominees for the 66th annual primetime Emmy awards.The list of nominees featured a variety of fan favorites and newly buzzed about shows. Covering categories from Outstanding Reality Series to Outstanding Directing in a mini series, the Emmys cover 39 categories.

Outstanding Drama series nominees are: “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “True Detectives.” Both “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” are ending this year, with “Breaking Bad” having wrapped its final season earlier this year and “Mad Men” entering its final episodes. New to the list is HBO’s hit crime drama “True Detectives,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. That show follows two Louisiana state police homicide detectives who are on the hunt for a serial killer over a span of seventeen years. “House of Cards” continues the trend of made-for-streaming productions. This new media format continues to be a favorite among fans, as more and more people are watching TV online and not on their traditional sets.

In Outstanding Comedy series, the nominees are: “The Big Bang Theory,” “Veep,” “Modern Family,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Silicon Valley.” This is the first nomination for new shows “Silicon Valley” and “Orange is the New Black.” “Silicon Valley,” another new hit for HBO, is set in the late 80’s and comedically depicts the birthplace of computer technology giants Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.

In terms of actors the race will be close, with many deserving performances in each category. In the category for Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (” Veep”), Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) will battle it out for top prize. With a a race this close there are sure to be upsets and surprises.

With the abundance of deserving shows, there are sure to be snubs and upsets. One deserving show that was noticeabley absent from the list was AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Other absent shows were “Glee”—nominated instead for Outstanding Directing for one episode.

Jessica Lange, nominated for her role in the mini-series “American Horror Story: Coven” will likely walk away with another Emmy. Other potential winners include Peter Dinklage for his role as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” “SNL,” for Outstanding variety series—with the show’s Kate Mckinnon nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Have you seen her skit with Drake?).

You can watch the 66th Primetime Emmys live on NBC on August 25th with host Seth Meyers.

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