Poor broadcast networks. Cable — and this year, Netflix — get all the headlines and attention in the days leading up to Emmy time, as critically-adored shows such as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” are always up for the major awards.
Even though it’s hard to imagine what the nominee list would even look like without premium cable, particularly in the drama categories (would Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J duke it out for lead actor?), broadcast TV still has a presence. And sure, HBO racked up more nominations (108) than the two most-nominated broadcast networks combined (CBS and NBC each received 53). But there’s still some noteworthy nominees that you can watch with just some old-fashioned rabbit ears.
Broadcast show with the most nominations: “Saturday Night Live” (15)
NBC’s “SNL” wasn’t that far behind the series with the most nominations overall (“American Horror Story” with 17; “Game of Thrones” with 16). It dominated in the guest actor and actress in a variety series categories, as Melissa McCarthy, Justin Timberlake, Louis C.K. and Kristin Wiig all got nods for hosting.
Runners-up for broadcast show with the most nominations: “30 Rock” (13), “Modern Family” (12), “Downton Abbey” (12)
If we’re including PBS in the race, “Downton” stacks up nicely against the big contenders. As usual, the adults of ABC’s “Modern Family” took over the supporting actors in a comedy categories (only Eric Stonestreet, a two-time winner, was left out). And “30 Rock” could have an exciting farewell, as the NBC comedy’s final season is up for multiple acting awards.
Broadcast reality shows held their own.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” CBS’s “The Amazing Race” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” did nicely in picking up nominations. Though Phil Keoghan missed out on a nom for best reality show host (should we blame Betty White again?), “Amazing Race” did scoop up for nominations for an episode titled “Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow.”
Broadcast show that got nominated and is already canceled: ABC’s “Last Resort”
The Andre Braugher drama, pulled from the schedule in January after 13 episodes, got a nod for special visual effects for the show’s pilot.
Broadcast show with a curious omission of nominations: CBS’s “The Good Wife”
“The Good Wife” is frequently described as a legal drama that “seems like it should be on cable,” yet the impressive series only notched one glam category nomination — Christine Baranski for supporting actress. Though it did score three nods for guest acting (Nathan Lane, Michael J. Fox and Carrie Preston, who won), even Julianna Margulies was snubbed.