Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards"
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards"

The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. While regularly nominated shows "Downton Abbey," "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Breaking Bad," "Girls" and "Louie" all scored, Netflix had the biggest coup with 14 nominations: David Fincher and Beau Willimon's "House of Cards" is up for four major awards including Outstanding Drama series and Lead Actor and Actress for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, respectively. The fourth season of "Arrested Development" is up for one comedy series award for Best Actor Jason Bateman -- these are the first digital series to receive major nominations in the Emmys. 

“We are overwhelmed with 14 nominations and honored by a warm welcome which confirms what we have always believed, that great television is great television regardless of where, when and how it is enjoyed,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.  “We are so proud of our series creators and their groundbreaking work on ‘House of Cards,’  ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Hemlock Grove.’ 

Also making a good showing was up-and-coming Sundance Channel with a record ten total nominations. Eight were for Jane Campion's moody New Zealand miniseries"Top of the Lake," including Elisabeth Moss, who also was nominated for "Mad Men," and two for “Restless." "Top of the Lake" nabbed a category nomination for for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and acting nominations for Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan.

Neither Netflix or Sundance is catching up with grand dame HBO, however, which still dominated the nominations with 108, 27 more than last year, with 16 for top drama "Game of Thrones." The George R.R. Martin fantasy series is the must-attend Hall H panel at Comic-Con this week, judging from the want-to-see from journalists at the Hitfix party Wednesday night, where TV critic and author Alan Sepinwall held court. Until the last few years, Hall H was once reserved only for movies; like the entertainment industry itself, TV is taking over. Only Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" and Disney's Marvel panel have as much heat.

HBO also grabbed 15 noms for “Behind the Candelabra," “Phil Spector” received 11 nominations, "Boardwalk Empire," 10, and "Veep" and "Girls" five each. FX grabbed the crown for most Emmy nominations for one show, the miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum" earned 17, one more than "GoT."

PBS's popular escapist period drama "Downton Abbey" scored 16 nominations. Also doing well at the Emmys were SNL alumnae, including Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and more.

Among movie folk, Jane Campion, Steven Soderbergh, and David Fincher grabbed noms, as well as Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), Jane Fonda ("Newsroom"), Michael Douglas and Matt Damon ("Behind the Candelabra"), and Al Pacino and Helen Mirren (HBO’s “Phil Spector) scored noms.

Major omissions included Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black," Rebecca Hall in "Parade's End" (Benedict Cumberbatch got the Best Actor nod), Mereille Enos in "The Killing," Timothy Olyphant in "Justified" and Matthew Rees, Keri Russell and Noah Emmerich in "The Americans"--Emmy favorite Margo Martindale took the supporting actress nod.  

The winners of the Emmy Awards will be revealed live on CBS on September 22; Emmy nominee Neil Patrick Harris is back as host. Full list below. Indiewire TV critic Alison Willmore's analyzes the nominations. Our interview with Willimon is here,


Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” – AMC

“Downton Abbey” – PBS

“Game of Thrones” – HBO

“Homeland” – Showtime

“House of Cards” – Netflix

“Mad Men” – AMC


Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” – CBS

“Girls” – HBO

“30 Rock” – NBC

“Louie” – FX

“Modern Family” – ABC

“Veep” – HBO


Lead Actor – Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”


Lead Actress – Drama Series

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”


Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”

Michael Douglas, “Behind The Candelabra”

Matt Damon, “Behind The Candelabra”

Toby Jones, “The Girl”

Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”


Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A 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”


Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars”

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”