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Published on July 18th, 2013 | by Ernie Estrella


FX’s ‘Louie’ will make historic run at Emmys; ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ earns 17 noms

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Maybe, just maybe, Louis C.K. can do it. Bring home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series, that is.


Comedian Louis C.K.’s free form FX show, Louie, got six Emmy nominations with its biggest score in the category for Outstanding Comedy Series. It was also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Melissa Leo) and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Susan E. Morse, A.C.E., Editor – (“Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 2”).

This was the first time any basic cable show has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and for once stop the domination of network comedies like Modern Family from taking all of the major awards in the comedy categories. Other basic cable comedies like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Psych, and Archer have long been ignored. Louie could bring some much needed attention to what basic cable has been churning out for years.

Louie wasn’t the only successful FX show to make a dent at the Emmy Nominations. American Horror Story: Asylum earned the most nominations of any show, with 17 nominations; nearly every major character was recognized. While many will debate its place within the “Movie or Mini-Series” categories, AHS: Asylum was one of the most cinematic series from this past year in television and Sarah Paulson was a breakout star, and of course, Jessica Lange was magnificent. The Americans also snagged two Emmy nominations, including Margo Martindale for Outstanding Guest Actress.

As usual there were plenty of shows that were overlooked especially Justified, Archer and Sons of Anarchy, but Netflix was a force this year with House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development in the comedy categories. The online streamer and movie mailer company garnered 14 nominations for their original content and have made a statement in the realm of original scripted content. None of the major networks (Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS) got a Emmy Nomination in any of the drama categories. PBS as a network earned 12 nominations, mostly for Downton Abbey.

Below are a list of the major acting categories and other major categories in Reality and Variety television.


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Homeland
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, House Of Cards
Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates, Bates Motel
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, House Of Cards
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men
Connie Britton as Rayna James, Nashville
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Scandal

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Michael Douglas as Liberace, Behind The Candelabra
Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Behind The Candelabra
Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens, Parade’s End
Al Pacino as Phil Spector, Phil Spector

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage as Tyiron Lannister, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockheart, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Homeland
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Mad Men
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler, Girls
Jessie Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Modern Family
Ty Burrell as Phill Dunphy, Modern Family
Bill Hader as various characters, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, Glee
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow, Nurse Jackie
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, Arrested Development
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, House Of Lies
Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Dern as Amy, Enlightened
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, Girls
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep


Outstanding 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
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon StewartJimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Specter
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin, American Horror Story
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison, The Big C
Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss as Robin, Top Of The Lake

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