Emmy history: Playing Peggy Olsen on “Mad Men” has garnered her five consecutive nods, including this year, making her a rare lead actress double nominee.
The case: Displaying fierce determination as detective Robin Griffin solving the murder of a pregnant young girl, Moss showed emotions from vulnerability to toughness that came to a boil in a scene where she attacks her childhood rapist.
Trivia: At age 8, Moss began her career in 1990s TV movie “Bar Girls” and worked steadily as a child actor, even appearing on multiple “Hollywood Squares” episodes in 2001.
“American Idol” (Fox)
While he and his production company shared a reality program Emmy in 2010 for “Jamie's Food Revolution,” Seacrest has never taken home the hardware for hosting “Idol.” With show well off its game, and not even nabbing an Emmy nom this year, one of the hardest working men in showbiz might get passed over once again.
“Betty White's Off Their Rockers” (NBC)
Last year, White was nominated for “Rockers,” but bested by “Dancing With the Stars” stalwart Tom Bergeron. Can strong ratings get her a trophy this year?
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
Scoring his first host win in 2012, the vet host of “Stars” and “America's Funniest Home Videos” turned in another strong season on ABC's seemingly tireless hoofer competish.
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Klum is no stranger to this category, and can also be seen as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” but it's new for “Project Runway's” designer mentor Tim Gunn, who, since season one, has been breakout star of the series. Emmy just took notice.
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
This is the cheery Brit's third nom in this category. She's become a sort of fashion icon while her empathetic manner sets the tone for the show — even the losers feel like winners with her.
“The Taste” (ABC)
Out of the four chefs on the food competition series, Bourdain stood out with no-bull attitude and honest passion about his team and the food they were producing. Part bad boy but all pro.
The king of the category — the glossy CBS series is a steady and strong performer ratings-wise and is usually the show to beat.
Always a bridesmaid (dress) but never a bride, the show, which just launched its 12th season, continues to add twists and new challenges.
Eye-popping dance talent, heart-string-pulling backstories and slick production values once again propelled series to a nomination.
Cooking competish added a twist to its finale as fan favorite Kristen prevailed in show's Web-only offshoot “Last Chance Kitchen” to earn a place in the finale. The series' final food fight between Kristen and Brooke in an arena setting also delivered a curveball to fans.
Changing up some of the judges this year not only energized the show but also kept ratings strong.
The venerable series stumbled in the ratings, but its production values are as strong as ever.