Primetime Emmy Nominations: Departing 'Rock' leads comedies


LOS ANGELES -- NBC's "30 Rock" is getting a sweet sendoff by the Emmy Awards.

The Tina Fey creation beloved by critics -- but not as warmly embraced by audiences -- nabbed multiple nominations Thursday morning as the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The comedy series just wrapped its final season.

Not only was it nominated for best comedy series, but both Fey and fellow star Alec Baldwin nabbed top honors. In all, it earned 13 nominations -- more than any of the other comedy nominees.

Showtime's "Homeland," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," and HBO's "Game of Thrones," "Girls" and "Behind the Candelabra" earned multiple nominations Thursday morning. PBS' "Downton Abbey," ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" were also among the most lauded series of the morning.

Netflix, the home-entertainment subscription service elbowing its way into the creation end of the business, saw its efforts rewarded: Both its political thriller "House of Cards" and the reboot of the comedy series "Arrested Development" made a strong showing.

A slew of Academy Award winners are among this year's nominees, including Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for "Behind the Candelabra," Al Pacino and Helen Mirren for HBO's "Phil Spector," and Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards."

Though there were some new faces among the roster of nominees, several former winners earned nominations including Claire Danes and Damian Lewis from "Homeland," Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad," Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory" and Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story: Asylum."

Other nominees in the lead acting category include Hugh Bonneville for "Downton Abbey," Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom," Kerry Washington for "Scandal," Connie Britton for "Nashville" and Vera Farmiga for "Bates Motel."

Other lead acting nominees in the comedy series category include Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes," Louis C. K. for "Louie," Jason Bateman for "Arrested Development," Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie," Lena Dunham for "Girls" and Laura Dern for "Enlightened," which has since been canceled.

The Emmy Awards will air live on CBS on Sept. 22 with Neil Patrick Harris returning as host. Harris was on hand Thursday morning as a last-minute replacement for Kate Mara, who was supposed to announce with Aaron Paul. But Mara was stuck on location in Santa Fe, N.M., and could not make it.

And the nominees are ...

DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad"; "Downton Abbey"; "Game of Thrones"; "Homeland"; "House of Cards"; "Mad Men" (AMC)

DRAMA ACTOR: Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"); Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"); Jeff Daniels ("Newsroom"); Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"); Damien Lewis ("Homeland"); Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards")

DRAMA ACTRESS: Claire Danes ("Homeland"); Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"); Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"); Robin Wright ("House of Cards"); Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"); Connie Britton ("Nashville"); Kerry Washington ("Scandal")

SUPPORTING ACTOR -- DRAMA: Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire"); Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad"); Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"); Jim Carter ("Downton Abbey"); Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"); Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland")

SUPPORTING ACTRESS -- DRAMA: Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"); Maggie Smith ("Downtown Abbey"); Emilia Clark ("Game of Thrones"); Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife"); Morena Baccarin ("Homeland"); Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men")

COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory"; "Girls"; "Louie"; "Modern Family"; "30 Rock"; "Veep"

COMEDY ACTOR: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"); Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"); Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"); Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"); Louie C. K ("Louie"); Don Cheadle ("House of Lies")

COMEDY ACTRESS: Tina Fey ("30 Rock"); Laura Dern ("Enlightened"); Lena Dunham ("Girls"); Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"); Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"); Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep")

SUPPORTING ACTOR -- COMEDY: Adam Driver ("Girls"); Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family"); Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family"); Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"); Bill Hader ("SNL"); Tony Hale ("Veep")

SUPPORTING ACTRESS -- COMEDY: Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"); Jane Lynch ("Glee"); Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"); Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"); Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie"); Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock"); Anna Chlumsky ("Veep")

MINISERIES OR MOVIE: "American Horror Story -- Asylum"; "Behind the Candelabra"; "The Bible"; "Phil Spector"; "Political Animals"; "Top of the Lake"

REALITY COMPETITION: "The Amazing Race"; "Dancing with the Stars"; "Project Runway"; "So You Think You Can Dance"; "Top Chef"; "The Voice"


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