‘House of Cards,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Scandal’: Huge presence for D.C.-based shows at Emmys

July 18, 2013

Washington, we have arrived.

Though reaction to D.C. shows has historically been mixed, series based in the District dominated this year’s Emmy nominations.

Of course, it’s worth noting that none of these shows actually film primarily in D.C. — but let’s enjoy the attention while it lasts. A look by numbers:

“House of Cards” (Netflix): The online subscription site crashed the Emmys party, mostly due to its high-profile political drama, starring Kevin Spacey as a scheming congressman. Who was nominated? The show itself, for best drama, becoming the first online series to do so. In addition: Spacey (lead drama actor); Robin Wright (lead drama actress); David Fincher (drama director); plus, casting, cinematography, editing, music composition, and main title theme music.

Total nominations: 9. Actually films in: Baltimore.

“Homeland” (Showtime): Last year’s champion continued to dominate the drama category, as the CIA nailbiter was nominated for best drama, in addition to actors Claire Danes and Damian Lewis (lead) for their work in a love-and-terrorism storyline. Plus, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin (supporting), and Rupert Friend (guest actor). Last year the show knocked off four-time winner “Mad Men,” while Damian Lewis triumphed over “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston. Repeats seem very possible this year.

Total nominations: 11. Actually films in: Charlotte.


Damian Lewis in a scene from “Homeland.” Lewis was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)

“Scandal” (ABC): Kerry Washington landed a lead drama actress nod for her work as the fearless Olivia Pope (based on D.C. fixer Judy Smith) in the only breakout broadcast hit of the season. Plus, Dan Bucatinsky, who plays the all-suffering chief of staff’s husband, grabbed a nom for guest actor in a drama.

Total nominations: 2. Actually films in: Los Angeles.

“Veep” (HBO): Emmy favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus — last year’s winner — predictably showed up in comedy lead actress category for her role as the harried vice president, but two of her co-stars also got some attention, as Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky each scored noms in the comedy supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. Plus, the show scored another for best comedy.

Total nominations: 5. Actually films in: Baltimore.

“Political Animals” (USA): If you’re thinking “what’s that?,” don’t feel too out of the loop — this six-episode miniseries quietly aired last summer, starring Sigourney Weaver as a former first lady who divorced her cheating husband. (The show emphasized it was not based on the Clintons, so, okay then.) Anyway, the miniseries got a lot of love Thursday morning, including a nod for best miniseries, along with one for Weaver as actress in a miniseries.

Total nominations: 5. Actually films in: Philadelphia.

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Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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