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2013 Primetime Emmy nominees announced

'House of Cards,' 'American Horror Story' lead the pack of some familiar contenders

By MSN TV Jul 18, 2013 6:51AM

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Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" and Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" announced the nominees for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Thursday morning from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. Neil Patrick Harris also returns as host for the second time. He last served as emcee in 2009. Through the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes outstanding programming.


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Here's a rundown of this year's nominees in the major categories:


Outstanding Comedy Series

"The Big Bang Theory"



"Modern Family"

"30 Rock"


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern, "Enlightened"

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"


Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" 

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"


Outstanding Drama Series

"Breaking Bad"

"House of Cards"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"


"Mad Men"


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama 
Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"

Connie Britton, "Nashville"

Claire Danes, "Homeland

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Kerry washington, "Scandal"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Elizabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Jeff Daniels, "Newsroom"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

"American Horror Story: Asylum"

"Behind the Candelabra"

"The Bible"

"Phil Spector"

"Political Animals"

"Top of the Lake"


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Parade’s End"

Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra"

Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"

Toby Jones, "The Girl"

Al Pacino, "Phil Spector"


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum" 

Laura Linney, "The Big C Hereafter"

Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector"

Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake"

Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals" 


Outstanding Reality Host

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"

Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, "Project Runway"

Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

Betty White, "Betty White’s Off Their Rockers"

Anthony Bourdain, "The Taste"


Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

"The Amazing Race"

"Dancing With the Stars"

"Project Runway"

"Top Chef"

"The Voice" 
Outstanding Variety Series

"The Daily Show"

"The Colbert Report"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

"Real Time"

"Saturday Night Live"


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The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

Jul 19, 2013 3:40PM
It's the same shows every year. They should let the people pick the shows. There are better shows then these on tv.
Jul 18, 2013 9:39AM
What a shame! No Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, or Dexter anywhere on this list!! Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus are incredible actors, as are Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter, and Charlie Hunnam, and Katey Sagal from Sons. All three of these shows are the best shows on tv and none of them are nominated for anything!! I've never seen American Horror Story so I can't speak for that although I will start to buy the seasons on dvd. At least Vera Farmiga is nominated for Bates Motel. Thank goodness that show was renewed. The powers that be who pick the nominees need to read all the feedback on these shows to do their picks. It's a waste for these incredible shows to not get the recognition they deserve.
Jul 18, 2013 8:18AM

Nominations for an  Emmy should be selected for the TV  views and not the critics.    There are some really good TV series that are way more better and interesting that most in the list. And shouldn't be a syfy category in this award completion too?. Well I suppose as an avid TV watcher I got more for good show rater than main stream.

Jul 18, 2013 8:08AM
I'm with everyone else...Where is the Walking Dead in this line up?? Andrew Lincoln? Norman Reedus?  I'd have to throw in Hell on Wheels too! AMC has THE BEST shows on TV.
Jul 18, 2013 8:07AM
At least Vera Farmiga was nominated for Bates Motel.. She's incredible in it.. Just wish the show wouldve got a nom.
Jul 18, 2013 7:56AM
Walking Dead and Sons have the most loyal following on TV for a reason. Breaking Bad and Big Bang and the Daily Show,(which when Jon leaves it's toast) are the only ones they got right.
Jul 18, 2013 7:53AM

Also for series' nominations in both categories:  no Bates Motel, The Killing, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Magic City, Borgias, Nurse Jackie and The Big C!   

Jul 18, 2013 7:51AM
Once again -- The Middle gets the shaft!  It is a shame that ABC doesn't do more to promote their own show.  It is far better and more realistic than Modern Family.  Howse about Modern Family take a rest next year and give someone else a chance!  They've won enough.  And as for drama -- geez louise, can we try on some other shows for size in that category.  It's beginning to get boring! 
Jul 18, 2013 7:48AM
House of Cards is sooooooo good. I watched all the episodes in two days. LOVE that show!!
Jul 18, 2013 7:47AM
It's clear that cable television has become mostly episodic rather than its' original promise of great movies.  House of Cards is an exceptional piece of work and the cast should be commended.  

I watch a lot of TV but I do so unashamedly now because the quality of the production and most importantly, the writing on many of the nominated shows, is absolutely wonderful.  In my humble opinion, the writers are the unsung heroes of TV, without their brilliant vision all we'd have would be things blowing up and people killing or eating each other.

As for the movies on cable, they SUCK!  With all the great movies out there, why do they select the worst and then show them over and over and over and over and over......
Jul 18, 2013 7:42AM
Other than BBT - I wouldn't watch ANY of these shows. Especially reality shows  which in reality aren't reality!!!   Lame stuff "Emmy" nominators.  There are some really good TV series, but you forgot to put them on the list!
Jul 18, 2013 7:41AM
Once again, the Walking Dead gets disappointing.
Jul 18, 2013 7:41AM
Well I won't watch - again shows that don't fit the main stream didn't get nominated - Supernatural should have been nominated as well as Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. 
Jul 18, 2013 7:40AM
Where is Norman Reedus's nom for Walking Dead? He is incredible every single week.
Jul 18, 2013 7:39AM
Why is it that except for The Daily Show and The Bible there isn't one other show that I watch in the entire list?  I always thought I was the "average TV viewer".  Looks like I was wrong!
Jul 18, 2013 7:38AM
Yay for Tom Bergeron he is my all time favorite TV host.  He is truly special and funny just perfect.

Jul 18, 2013 7:37AM
Odd, I watch way too much television, yet none of the shows I really enjoy were nominated (I do watch "The Big Bang Theory"). Is it me and my taste in entertainment? I think "Hot in Cleveland" is one of the funniest shows produced. "Person of Interest" (Yay! Shout out to a top-notch supporting actor: Taraji P. Henson), "Elementary", and "How I Met Your Mother" are also fantastic TV.
Jul 18, 2013 7:35AM
Continuing proof that if a show gets a lot of Emmu nominations, I don't need to watch it.  I guess I am not artsy enough!
Jul 18, 2013 7:35AM
avatar makes me ill that WALKING DEAD is not on here.  Especially Rick!!!!!!
Jul 18, 2013 7:34AM
My mistake... Laura Linney should win for sure
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