2016 Emmy nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ leads again, ‘The Americans’ and ‘Mr....

2016 Emmy nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ leads again, ‘The Americans’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ grab series bids

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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” once again took the lead in the contenders for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, being nominated no less than 23 times (the highest total for any show) for its sixth season. The show received 24 nominations last year and won its first best drama Emmy.

“Game of Thrones” is again nominated for the top drama series award, competing with “The Americans”, AMC’s “Better Call Saul”, PBS’ “Downtown Abbey”, Showtime’s “Homeland”, Netflix’s “House of Cards”, and “Mr. Robot”.

The contenders for the best comedy series are ABC’s “Blackish” and “Modern Family”, Netflix’s “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, HBO’s “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”, and Amazon’s “Transparent”.

The close second for the most lauded programs of the season is FX’s “The People V. O.J. Simpson”, which got 22 bids, and which went up against fellow FX entry “Fargo”, ABC’s “American Crime”, AMC’s “The Night Manager”, and History’s “Roots”, in the limited series heat.

The next 3 out of the top 5 nominees are “Fargo” (18), “Veep” (17), and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (16).

In terms of network nominations, HBO maintained its position with 94 nominations, less that last year’s record of 126. FX also got 56, from 38 last year, Netflix received 54, from 34 last year, NBC got the same as last year – 41 – and ABC fell to 35, from 42 last year.

In the field of variety talk shows, which is usually dominated by late-night programs, Jerry Seinfeld’s Crackle digital series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” joined ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

The reality-competition category saw “The Voice” going up against CBS’ “The Amazing Race”, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”, Lifetime’s “Project Runway” and Bravo’s “Top Chef”.

In the category of TV movies we see a mix of Netflix’s “A Very Murray Christmas” starring Bill Murray, HBO’s Bryan Cranston-led “All the Way”, and “Confirmation” starring Kerry Washington, plus BBC America’s “Luther”, starring Idris Elba, and PBS’ “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Cranston, Cumberbatch, Elba, and Washington also landed acting bids in the competitive limited series or movie categories.

“Mr. Robot” and “The Americans” were also the shinning stars of this year’s Emmy nominations, by getting both top acting nominations and series nominations. “Mr. Robot” earned a lead drama actor nomination for star Rami Malek and writing bid for creator Sam Esmail, along with four other mentions. “The Americans” received nominations for stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, who grabbed top drama acting nominations, and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, who took in a writing nomination as part of its five bids.

This year’s acting nominees reflect a certain diversity that eluded the Oscars earlier this year. “How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis, who already made history last year as the first African-American to win lead drama actress, is back in the race with “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson. In what concerns comedy series, “Blackish” star Tracee Ellis Ross is up against “Master of None” co-creator and star Aziz Ansari.

Competing for lead drama actress are Keri Russell of “Americans”, “Homeland’s” Claire Danes, “How to Get Away with Murder’s” Davis, “Empire’s” Henson, “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany and “House of Cards'” Robin Wright.

In the lead actor race we have Rhys of “Americans” going up against Malek of “Mr. Robot”, Kyle Chandler of Netflix’s “Bloodline”, Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul”, Liev Schreiber of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and Kevin Spacey of “House of Cards”.

On the comedy front, Aziz Ansari of “Master of None” joined Thomas Middleditch of “Silicon Valley”, Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”), Will Forte (Fox’s “Last Man on Earth”), William H. Macy (Showtime’s “Shameless”), and Jeffrey Tambor (Amazon’s “Transparent”).

On the female side, Tracee Ellis Ross of “Blackish” goes up against Laurie Metcalf of HBO’s “Getting On”, “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Schumer (Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Ellie Kemper, and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin.

This year’s Emmycast live will be aired by ABC across the country on September 18, with Jimmy Kimmel as host.