's premiumnetwork HBO onceagain pulled ahead of its peers in Emmy Award nominations.
HBOgarnered 94 nominations, according to the Television Academy, down from a record126 in 2015, with "Game of Thrones" leading the way with 23 nods. In2015, HBO earned 43 Emmys, including a dozen for "Game of Thrones" —the mostever for a series in a single season.
Thenetwork's "Veep," which scored the most nominations of any comedywith 17, and its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will also get a chance to defendtheir outstanding comedy and lead actress awards from 2015. "SiliconValley" registered 11 nominations, notably for top comedy and for ThomasMiddleditch as outstanding actor.
'sFX Network (US),meanwhile, received a big boost in the limited series arena, as "ThePeople v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and the sophomore run of "Fargo"rankedas the second- and third-most-nominated shows with 22 and 18, respectively. "TheAmericans," the network's spy series, cracked the code for an outstandingdrama nod, with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in pursuit of the outstandingactress and actor awards for their roles as the duplicitous couple, Elizabethand Philip Jennings.
StreamerNetflix Inc.garnered 54 nominations, 20 more than a year ago. The streaming service is well-representedamong the top categories, with "House of Cards" again gaining anoutstanding drama nomination, as well as prospective top acting honors forKevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who play Francis and Claire Underwood in thepolitical series.
Amongoutstanding comedy entries, Netflix has a pair of contenders in "UnbreakableKimmy Schmidt" and "Master of None," whose respective stars,Ellie Kemper and Aziz Ansari, are in the running for top genre performances.Moreover, Lily Tomlin is an outstanding comedy actress contender again for herrole as the latter in "Grace and Frankie."
's , which matched its totalfrom last year with 41 nominations, came in ahead of 's and 's , both of which scored 35.The following networks rounded out the top 10: FOX (US) (29), PBS (US) (26), AMC Networks Inc.'s AMC (US) (24) Showtime / TMC / Flix (US) (22) and 's (17).
's Prime Videopicked up 16, increasing its total from 12 last year. Transgender comedy "Transparent"tallied 10 of the streamer's nominations.
Inaddition to "The Americans" and "House of Cards," the finalseason of PBS' venerable "Downton Abbey," which had 10 nods overall;Showtime's "Homeland," the 2012 category winner; AMC's "Better CallSaul;" and USA (US)'s"Mr. Robot," will look to dethrone "Game of Thrones" asoutstanding drama.
"Mr.Robot," which premiered its second season on July 13 and a Golden Globe and PeabodyAward, netted six Emmy nominations, including an outstanding actor nod for RamiMalek.
Althoughthere was some sentiment that the final season of CBS' "The Good Wife"might gain a bid, the broadcast networks were again shut out from theoutstanding drama list.
Asfor outstanding comedy, "Veep," "Silicon Valley," "Transparent,""Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Master of None," will vie forEmmy votes versus a pair of ABC comedies, "Black-ish" and "ModernFamily."
"Black-ish"star Anthony Anderson is up for outstanding actor for his portrayal of AndreJohnson, along with Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays his TV wife, Rainbow. "ModernFamily," whose five-year run as outstanding comedy was clipped in 2015 by "Veep,"now has another chance to surpass NBC's "Frasier" as the biggest Emmywinner in category history.
The68th Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sept. 18 on ABC.