As expected, AMC's gritty "Breaking Bad" received a best-drama nomination today as it looks to repeat last year's Emmy win, while "Modern Family" scored a best comedy nod in its bid for a fifth consecutive victory in the category.
Also nominated for best drama were AMC's "Mad Men," Netflix's "House of Cards," HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective" and PBS' "Downton Abbey."
"Game of Thrones" topped all the nominees with 19 nods.
Challenging "Modern Family" for best comedy honors will be Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," HBO's "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and FX's "Louie."
This is the third consecutive year that none of the outstanding drama nominees came from a major broadcast network. A series from the major broadcast networks has not won in the category since Fox's "24" in 2006.
"Breaking Bad's" win in the category last year broke a four-year winning streak by "Mad Men."
Bryan Cranston was nominated as best drama actor for his lead role in "Breaking Bad." He will be challenged by last year's winner, Jeff Daniels of "The Newsroom," Jon Hamm from "Mad Men," Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective" and Kevin Spacey of "House of Cards."
Lead drama actress nominations went to Michelle Dockery for "Downton Abbey," Robin Wright for "House of Cards," Kerry Washington for "Scandal," last year's winner Claire Danes for "Homeland," Lizzy Caplan for "Masters of Sex" and Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife."
"Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul scored a nomination for best supporting actor in a drama, along with Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones," Jon Voight of "Ray Donovan," Jim Carter of "Downton Abbey," Mandy Patinkin of "Homeland" and Josh Charles of "The Good Wife."
Supporting drama actress nominations went to last year's winner Anna Gunn of "Breaking Bad," Joanne Froggatt and Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey," Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men," Lena Headey of "Game of Thrones" and Christine Baranski for "The Good Wife."
Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," who won the Emmy last year, was nominated again for best actor in a comedy series, along with Ricky Gervais for "Derek," Don Cheadle for "House of Lies," William H. Macy for "Shameless," Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes" and Louis C.K. for "Louie."
Nominated for best comedy actress were Lena Dunham for "Girls," Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie," Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation," Melissa McCarthy for "Mike & Molly," Taylor Schilling for "Orange is the New Black" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the prize last year for "Veep."
Tony Hale of "Veep" will look to repeat his win as best supporting actor in a comedy series. He will be challenged by Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family," Fred Armisen of "Portlandia," Adam Driver of "Girls" and Andre Braugher from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."
"Modern Family's" Julie Bowen was nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy, along with Kate Mulgrew of "Orange is the New Black," Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory," Allison Janney of "Mom," Kate McKinnon of "Saturday Night Live" and Anna Chlumsky for "Veep."
FX's "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Fargo" each earned 18 nominations, including nods for best miniseries. They will compete in that category with Lifetime's "Bonnie & Clyde," BBC America's "Luther," Starz's "The White Queen" and HBO's "Treme."
Nominations for outstanding made-for-TV movie went to National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy," HBO's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," PBS' "Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)," HBO's "The Normal Heart" and Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful."
Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for "Dancing on the Edge," as were Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman for "Fargo," Benedict Cumberbatch for "Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)," Idris Elba for "Luther" and Mark Ruffalo for "The Normal Heart."
Nominations for lead actress in a miniseries or TV movie went to Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson for "American Horror Story: Coven," Helena Bonham Carter for "Burton and Taylor," Kristin Wiig for "The Spoils of Babylon," Cicely Tyson for "The Trip to Bountiful" and Minnie Driver for "Return to Zero."
NBC's "The Voice," which won the Emmy last year for best reality- competition series, was nominated in the category again, along with CBS' nine- time winner "The Amazing Race" and Bravo's "Top Chef," the only other program to win in the category. Also nominated were ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Lifetime's "Project Runway" and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance."
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this year split the reality program category into two divisions -- structured and unstructured.
Nominations for best structured reality program went to PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters," ABC's "Shark Tank," CBS' "Undercover Boss" and TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"
For best unstructured reality program, the nominees were Discovery Channel's "Alaska: The Last Frontier" and "Deadliest Catch," Bravo's "Flipping Out" and "Million Dollar Listing New York," A&E's "Wahlburgers" and BBC America's "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan."
The nominations were announced by Carson Daly, host of "The Voice," and Mindy Kaling, star of the Fox comedy "The Mindy Project," along with Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards,which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m.and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014, will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre with Seth Meyers as the host. The ceremony will be televised on NBC.
--City News Service