I don’t know if it’s because there are so many deserving TV shows on air right now or because The Academy’s choices have become fairly predictable, but for once there’s very little to be pissed about when browsing through the 2013 Emmy nomination list.
Sure, there’s the occasional snub here and there (nothing for New Girl’s better than first season?), some downright revolting choices (seven lead actress drama nominees and still no Tatiana Maslany?) and a little too much love shown for a couple of shows (American Horror Story: Asylum or Homeland), but ultimately at least 90% of the people nominated earned their recognition.
Now, let’s dig into some of the specifics. First off, the shows that got the most noms are, surprise, surprise, AHS: Asylum (17) and Game of Thrones (16). Still, both look like underdogs in the major categories.
“Behind the Candelabra” is thus expected to sweep the miniseries/TV movie section (though Rob Lowe was oddly snubbed in favor of Scott Bakula), while the very tight battle for best drama series may see Homeland snatching a second consecutive trophy or Breaking Bad at long last bringing home that much-deserved win.
At the same time, we may very well be facing a historical moment for TV, with Netflix’s House of Cards receiving almost too much recognition. The political drama has been nominated nine times, including for series, lead actor (Kevin Spacey) and lead actress (Robin Wright).
Meanwhile, it’s sure nice to see Veep getting a lot of attention in the comedy category: five nods, including series and three for acting. As usual, Modern Family is the heavy favorite there, though in an unexpected twist last year’s supporting actor winner, Eric Stonestreet, was left out of the nomination ballot. Don’t worry, Eric, one of your three co-stars should get the win.