'Game of Thrones' (HBO) Rigg was masterful this season as Olenna Tyrell, the wily matriarch of the House of Tyrell. An Emmy winner in 1997 in the miniseries supporting actress category, Rigg received her first Emmy nom in 1967 for her iconic turn as Emma Peel on “The Avengers."
ABC is seeing history repeat itself. Its 45 noms are on par with last year's 48. “Modern Family” leads the network with 12 nominations, and the show's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen all received supporting actor/actress noms. “Dancing With the Stars” did well also, snagging nine noms. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington walked away with a lead actress bid.
Nearly all of AMC's kudos come from heavyweights “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” “Bad” matched last year's 13 noms; show star Bryan Cranston is in the running for lead actor, and Jonathan Banks, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all got supporting bids. Meanwhile, after 17 nominations without an Emmy last year, “Mad” earned 12 noms, including lead actor for Jon Hamm and lead actress for Elisabeth Moss.
Surprise, surprise: Cartoon Network will duke it out against itself, with four nominations in the short-format animated program category. The net also boasts a live-action pick with “Children's Hospital” and has one horse in the animated program race with “Regular Show: The Christmas Special.”
Leading the network tied (with NBC) for most broadcast nominations is “The Big Bang Theory” with eight, including comedy series. The Eye's reality shows also got plenty of bids, with “Survivor” earning six and “The Amazing Race” receiving five. “The Good Wife” received five nominations and, in its penultimate season, “How I Met Your Mother” walked away with four noms.
Anthony, Anthony, Anthony! Other hosts at CNN might have felt a little like Jan Brady after seeing this year's nominations. All of CNN's noms were doled out to “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” including informational series or special, as well as kudos for writing, cinematography and sound mixing.
Once again, “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” carried Comedy Central's nominations. They have six each, in nearly all the same categories, including variety series, writing, directing and editing. “South Park” earned a single nomination for animated program, while “Workaholics” and “Key & Peele” also brought in one nom each.
Reality show “Deadliest Catch” has a chance of reeling in an Emmy in four different categories, accounting for most of the cabler's noms. It received bids for cinematography, picture editing and sound mixing, and is one of two Discovery shows up for reality program. “MythBusters” was also nommed. The only non-reality show nomination is for the documentary “All the President's Men Revisited.”
For better or worse, Fox has its Emmy niches: reality and animated series. The broadcast net's slim list of noms are for flashy reality hits “American Idol,” “MasterChef” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and animated steadies “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob's Burgers.” “Glee” also took four noms, but Fox still trails its broadcast cohorts and took a dive from last year's 26 bids.
“American Horror Story: Asylum” scared up 17 nominations, holding steady with last year's count and outnumbering any other program this year. While many critics are pouty that “Sons of Anarchy” repeatedly gets the academy's cold shoulder and are now also wielding their pitchforks over “The Americans,” “Louie” got the love with six nominations, including comedy series and lead actor in a comedy series.
While there's always room for surprises during awards season, one thing seems inevitable: When it comes to noms, HBO reigns supreme. Net's 108 mark its highest count in years. “Game of Thrones” is the most nominated series overall (excluding minis), with 16. “Behind the Candelabra” impressed with 15 and “Phil Spector” earned 11. Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire,” a usual suspect for a lead drama actor bid, was replaced by Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom.”
A year after “Hatfields & McCoys” hit the Emmys with guns blazing, “The Bible” showed its power in this year's nominations, earning a spot in the miniseries-movie category among expected picks from HBO, Showtime, FX and USA. “The Men Who Built America” earned four bids, and “Vikings” took three nominations for below-the-line efforts.
Reality show “Project Runway” is to credit for almost half of the network's noms, boasting five. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn received bids for their work as hosts, and the show also got noms for cinematography, picture editing and is up for reality-competition program. Lifetime original move “Ring of Fire” earned four nominations, while Lindsay Lohan starrer “Liz & Dick” got noms for hairstyling and makeup.
Made-for “Killing Lincoln” accounts for all but one of Nat Geo's nominations, earning a spot in editing, costumes and supplementary interactive program. “Brain Games” also earned a bid, for informational series or special.
NBC may be broadcast's ratings underdog, but at the Emmys the Peacock can hold its beak up high. That's thanks to faithful fare like “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” which took 15 and 13 noms respectively. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both rounded out their series-long nomination streak in the lead acting categories, marking the seventh and final year they'll earn bids for “30.”
Despite HBO earning nearly eight times the number of nominations, the streaming portal will inevitably be the belle of the ball. She's new, she's shiny, and she's shaking up what it means to call content “television.” Pairing up Kevin Spacey and David Fincher with “House of Cards” resulted in noms for acting and directing, respectively. Despite making what some might call the comeback to end all comebacks, “Arrested Development” still earned only three bids, including lead comedy actor for Jason Bateman.
Nickelodeon has evenly spread out its noms, with one each for four shows. Wildly popular “iCarly” and the serious news show “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” are both up for children's program. Meanwhile, “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” is in the running for animated program, and “Supah Ninjas” earned a bid for stunt coordination.
After three strong seasons, “Downton Abbey” nabbed 12 nominations this year. Hugh Bonneville got a lead actor nom, and Michelle Dockery earned her second for lead actress. Several other nominations come from the network's nonfiction programming. “American Masters” received three noms and “The Dust Bowl” two. Meanwhile, “Antiques Roadshow” is once again in the running for reality program honors.
Despite a polarizing second season with rocky narrative developments to boot, “Homeland” remains Showtime's crown jewel for a second year. The skein earned 11 noms, up from nine in 2012, when the show swept the drama series and lead acting categories. Other strong players at the net include “The Borgias” with six noms and “Nurse Jackie” with five (Edie Falco is nominated for lead comedy actress for the fourth straight year).
The vast majority of Sundance's noms comes from drama miniseries “Top of the Lake.” The program boasts eight out of the 10, including miniseries-movie, writing, directing, casting and cinematography. Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan are also up for lead actress and supporting actor for their work in the project. The remaining two noms are for spy series “Restless.”
Leave it to Syfy to get two things right: vfx and sound design. “Battlestar Galactica” is nominated for awards in sound editing, sound mixing and vfx. It's joined in the special visual effects race by the network's “Defiance.”
USA can thank a single program for every one of its nominations. Miniseries “Political Animals” walked away with all five. Sigourney Weaver earned her third Emmy nomination, for lead actress, and “Political Animals” also earned noms for miniseries, supporting actress (for Ellen Burstyn), casting and hairstyling.
The “Jobs” star has been a longtime investor in early-stage technology, and has become perhaps the best-known celebrity for backing startups. Kutcher, Madonna manager Guy Oseary and media-minded billionaire investor Ron Burkle formed A-Grade Investments to formalize what they were already doing in the sector. A-Grade has backed companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path.
Overbrook Entertainment, founded in 1998 by Smith and James Lassiter, is a production and management company. Smith's investments and those of Overbrook have included Fancy, Viddy, BlackJet, JibJab and PluggedIn.
The “Iron Man” star, along with Steve Levin, founded Downey Ventures to invest in digital media startups and to incubate consumer entertainment tech companies. Downey and the firm have coin in Maker Studios and MediaSpike.
With a long-standing interest in technology and a fascination with medical innovation, the “House” star, a self-professed closet techie, has been tracking several early-stage companies and new platforms. He is an investor in Prevoty, Guide and Thinaire.