Ryan Murphy loves it when people who work on his shows are recognized in kudos races. He was rolling in clover on Thursday with an eye-popping 34 Emmy noms garnered by his Ryan Murphy Prods. banner.
The haul primarily came through big showings from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17 noms, and HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” with 16. “Glee” contributed a comedy directing nom for Paris Barclay.
Murphy’s tally helped 20th Century Fox TV and its affils lead the studio pack in Emmy tonnage with 44 bids for its various banners — and that’s not including the 16 for “Normal Heart,” which Murphy produced through HBO.
Sony Pictures TV grabbed 36, thanks to “Breaking Bad” (16) and “Masters of Sex” (5). Universal TV had 33, driven by “Saturday Night Live” (14), “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (4). Warner Bros. TV and its affils took in 30, paced by “The Big Bang Theory” (7) and “Shameless” (3).
FX Prods. plucked 25 bids, more than half of which came from “Fargo” (18). Lionsgate claimed 23, thanks to “Orange Is the New Black” (12) and “Mad Men” (8). MGM roared for the first time in years with 19, bids,including “Fargo” and one for History’s “Vikings.” CBS TV Studios had 15, with five from “The Good Wife.” ABC Studios took in eight, primarily from “Scandal” (3) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (3).
Among producer banners, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video was also hopping with 24, with “Portlandia” adding six bids to the hauls for “Tonight Show” and “SNL.”
Noms for Murphy productions were typically plentiful in the longform acting categories. Mark Ruffalo (pictured right), Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts are up for “The Normal Heart.” “Coven” landed bids for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett (pictured left).
What accounts for Murphy’s Midas touch with thesps? It’s simple, he explains: Cast actors you admire and give them the chance to do something completely unexpected.
“Everyone of the actors who are nominated are friends of mine people I’ve always wanted to work with,” Murphy told Variety. “I always approach people by saying ‘I love you and I’m a big fan of your work and I want the world to see how deep your talent is. … I’m just proud the trust they place in me has paid off in this way. It’s an amazing gift to be recognized by your peers.”