Game of Thrones and Other Genre Shows Get Emmy Nods


Game of ThronesHBO’s hit series Game of Thrones racked up an impressive 24 nominations for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.  While the series based on the novels of George R. R. Martin appeared to be the clear favorite, other genre shows also garnered a handful of nominations while some were left completely out this year.

Last year’s winners left me feeling like a lot of other genre fans: Cheated. Much like the Academy Awards, genre shows tend not to do well when it comes to actual statutes received.  Although being nominated is supposed to be an honor, a nomination clearly can’t feel as good as winning.  It remains to be seen whether any of the nominated shows, cast or crews will walk away with any wins.

As previously mentioned, Game of Thrones lead the pack with a whopping 24 nods in various categories including Outstanding Drama Series, a Supporting Actor nod for Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke both nominated for Supporting Actress, a Guest Actress nod for Diana Rigg, Writing nods for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, two Directing nominations, and nominations for makeup and visual effects.

Other genre series also picked up scattered nominations including a Best Actress mention for Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black. Maslany has been playing at least five characters per season for the past three years, but this is her first nomination.  American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead and it’s companion series Talking Dead, Jane The Virgin, Citizenfour, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Outlander, Southpark, Bob’s Burgers, The Flash, Steven Universe, Archer, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Gotham, The Simpsons, True Blood, Silicon Valley, Halt And Catch Fire, Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Vikings and Black Sails all received nominations in varying categories.

Along with cheers, there were a number of jeers as some shows and actors were shut out or snubbed from this year’s awards.  Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory was left out of the category.  He won for last year, and the series itself was surprisingly missing from the Best Comedy nomination.  The CW’s Jane The Virgin, in spite of critic praise and a Golden Globe win, was only nominated in one minor category.  FX’s The Americans, a favorite of critics, was completely shut out of any recognition by Emmy voters.

American Horror Story: Freak Show came in second for its 19 nominations with 38 overall for its network FX.  For the 15th year in a row, HBO received more Emmy nods than any other network, a staggering 126 nominations.  For a complete list of this year’s Emmy Awards nominees, go to out Deadline.


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