The Television Academy has a history of nominating some of the same series and actors year after year (hello "Modern Family'), as long as the quality has not completely fallen off and series is still on the air".
Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Bryan Cranston, "All the Way"; Idris Elba, "Luther"; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"; Tom Hiddleston, "The Night Manager"; Courtney B. Vance, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; Cuba Gooding Jr., "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story".
Rounding out Comedy Central's nominations, "Hack Into Broad City", digital spinoff of hit series "Broad City", received the franchise's first nomination, for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
The FX crime drama "Fargo", loosely based on Joel and Ethan Coen's motion picture of the same name, was the third-most nominated production, with 18 nominations, including a bid for best limited series and a nod for Kirsten Dunst as best actress in that category.
There will be no nostalgic wave goodbye at the Emmy Awards for "The Good Wife" and "American Idol".
The nominees for best actor in a drama series include: Kyle Chandler, "Bloodline"; Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"; Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"; Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"; Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards".
Veep, the United States version of The Thick Of It, earned 17 nominations including best comedy series, best lead actress in a comedy series for its star Julia-Louis Dreyfuss and outstanding direction in a comedy series for British comedian Chris Addison.
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images). Game of Thrones and Veep are among the top contenders for the 68th prime-time Emmy Award nominations.
The nominees for best drama series are: "Better Call Saul"; "Downton Abbey"; "Game Of Thrones"; "Homeland"; "House Of Cards"; "Mr. Robot"; "The Americans". The groundbreaking transgender-themed comedy "Transparent" is its Emmy standard-bearer with 10 nominations, including best comedy series and best lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, who won the trophy past year.
But there were no major acting nods for the stars of "Fresh Off the Boat" or other Asian-American actors, or for Latinos, which has been a recurrent Emmy pattern. So was "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson, while Aziz Ansari's freshman comedy "Master of None" earned a top series nod and an acting nomination for him. It recounts the football legend's sensational, racially charged trial for the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
The shows claimed the top drama and comedy series prizes at last year's Emmys. The Americans finally got the recognition that the show and its stars have deserved for years.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maura Tierney, "The Affair"; Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"; Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"; Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"; Maisie Williams, "Game of Thrones".