Some Emmy idiosyncrasies were already known — like HBO’s power-move to list “True Detective” as a drama instead of a miniseries, thus sending Showtime’s “Shameless” scurrying to comedy. But the release of the official ballot has added a few more chess moves to the game.
Leading Edge: “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen and “Bates Motel’s” Freddie Highmore are feeling confident enough to crack the lead actor category.
‘Sound’s’ Special: Perhaps feeling the TV movie category is too crowded, “The Sound of Music Live!” goes the way of last year’s “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” into the Special Class grouping.
Sing for an EGOT: Musicians like Prince (“New Girl”) and k.d. lang (“Portlandia”) attempt to get the elusive “E” portion of the Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony superfecta via the guest actor/actress route.
Single-Player System: “The Good Wife” and “Game of Thrones” gods (well, producers) have spoken — Emmy voters get only one option each if they want to nominate either show for drama writing.
Not ‘Millers’ Time: Inexplicably, Greg Garcia’s CBS freshman family laffer “The Millers” was not among shows in the main comedy or writing categories — although Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove and Jayma Mays made the actors lists.
Canning Fox: After three consecutive guest actor noms for his role in “The Good Wife,” Michael J. Fox was not even on the initial list this year. Don’t feel too bad for him, though: You can vote for the thesp as comedy lead actor for his eponymous (if cancelled) sitcom.
Alphas, not ‘Betas': Although Amazon has staged Emmy campaigns around “Alpha House,” “Betas,” the other comedy the e-tailer rolled out last fall as part of its original digital series slate, doesn’t seem to be getting Prime treatment.
Guest Workers: Perhaps as a way to hedge its bets, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” has shipped recurring talent like Uzo Aduba and Taryn Manning out of the supporting realm and into the guest performer group.