The unstoppable “Game of Thrones” and the final season of “Mad Men” were richly rewarded at the Emmy nominations on Thursday morning, while several brand-new shows made a splash and offered more surprises than usual for TV’s most predictable award show.

HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” as expected, dominated with 24 nominations, the most of any show. It was followed by FX’s perennial favorite “American Horror Story: Freak Show” with 19; and HBO’s critically loved “Olive Kitteridge” miniseries and TV movie “Bessie” with 13 and 12, respectively.

But a few TV newcomers showed up in a big way, with Amazon’s groundbreaking “Transparent” tying AMC’s “Mad Men” and Netflix’s “House of Cards” with 11 nods, including best comedy series and a best actor nod for Jeffrey Tambor. “Better Call Saul,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel that was met with critical praise but less-than-glowing reviews from viewers, raised a few eyebrows when it landed in the fiercely competitive best drama category alongside regulars including “Mad Men,” “Homeland” and “Downton Abbey.”

Some familiar faces like Kyle Chandler and Lily Tomlin reappeared in the Emmy nomination pack. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

Other notable entries from freshman shows included Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”); Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”); Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”); and several acting nods for Netflix’s Tina Fey comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” including Fey, Jon Hamm, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski. And Tatiana Maslany finally got her long-deserved nod for playing about a dozen characters on BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”

Shows with the most nominations
“Game Of Thrones” — 24
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” — 19
“Olive Kitteridge” — 13
“Bessie” — 12
“House Of Cards” — 11
“Mad Men” — 11
“Transparent” — 11

Networks with the most nominations
HBO — 126
ABC — 42
CBS — 41
NBC — 41
FX — 38

The list of nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards

Outstanding Drama Series
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Expanding the category to seven nominees allowed a bit of a shake-up: Besides the predictable names, we’ve got “Breaking Bad” spin-off “Better Call Saul,” doing quite well after its freshman season with several Emmy nods. Plus, “Orange is the New Black” shook off the fact that the TV Academy insisted it’s a drama, not a comedy, and got a spot in what’s traditionally the toughest category of the night.

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
“Veep” (HBO)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Some streaming shows break up the broadcast/cable party, with an expected nomination for Amazon’s “Transparent” (a big winner at the Golden Globes this year) and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which was originally supposed to air on NBC. And as far as that “Parks and Recreation” nod for the low-rated but critically adored show’s last season, we’re going with “too little, too late.”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Jon Hamm “Mad Men” (AMC)
Jeff Daniels “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Bob Odenkirk “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Kyle Chandler “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Liev Schreiber “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Emmy voters really love Jeff Daniels. After a quiet, six-episode send-off of “The Newsroom,” he still managed to score a spot. Other newcomers include Kyle Chandler and Bob Odenkirk, joining perennial nominees Kevin Spacey, Liev Schreiber and Jon Hamm, determined on his quest to finally get that coveted win.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes “Homeland” (Showtime)
Viola Davis “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson “Empire” (Fox)
Tatiana Maslany “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men” (AMC)
Robin Wright “House of Cards” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Those shrieks of joy you hear are the people who have been clamoring for Tatiana Maslany to get an Emmy nomination every single year. Other newcomers include Taraji P. Henson, basically a lock after a history-making season of “Empire,” and Viola Davis, riveting in the latest Shondaland drama, “How to Get Away with Murder.” We’re already betting one of those three will take home the trophy while the predictable names (Claire Danes, Elisabeth Moss, Robin Wright) will split the vote.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Richard Jenkins “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Adrien Brody “Houdini” (History)
Mark Rylance “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
Timothy Hutton “American Crime” (ABC)
Ricky Gervais “Derek: The Final Chapter” (Netflix)
David Oyelowo “Nightingale” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The academy just can’t quit Ricky Gervais, no many how many times he makes fun of them. Otherwise, look for “Olive Kitteridge” or “Wolf Hall” to do quite well in a category that really loves HBO and PBS.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Frances McDormand “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Maggie Gyllenhaal “The Honorable Woman” (SundanceTV)
Queen Latifah “Bessie” (HBO)
Emma Thompson “Sweeney Todd: Live From Lincoln Center” (PBS)
Jessica Lange “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Felicity Huffman “American Crime” (ABC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Emmy voters really love movie stars, so you shouldn’t count out Maggie Gyllenhaal or Queen Latifah, but Frances McDormand is a good bet for her HBO limited series that racked up 13 nominations.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt LeBlanc “Episodes” (Showtime)
Don Cheadle “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Louis C.K. “Louie” (FX)
William H. Macy “Shameless” (Showtime)
Jeffrey Tambor “Transparent” (Amazon)
Anthony Anderson “Black-ish” (ABC)
Will Forte “Last Man on Earth” (Fox)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Well hello there Anthony Anderson and Will Forte — critics hoped these two would sneak in the category with their brand new shows, but both were considered long-shots. They join Jeffrey Tambor, likely a frontrunner, along with the regulars. Who knew Matt LeBlanc would turn into an award show favorite?

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lisa Kudrow “The Comeback” (HBO)
Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Veep” (HBO)
Amy Schumer “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
Lily Tomlin “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Even though “Inside Amy Schumer” is considered a variety sketch show, Schumer herself breaks through into one of the biggest categories of the Emmys. She’s joined by the usual suspects, including probable winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus — along with Lily Tomlin, who bested co-star Jane Fonda for a spot on the list.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Ben Mendelsohn “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Jim Carter “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Peter Dinklage “Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
Alan Cumming “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Michael Kelly “House Of Cards” Netflix
IMMEDIATE REACTION: The tortured Doug Stamper (Kelly) gets some recognition for the first time, while Alan Cumming takes over for the spot filled last year by “Good Wife” colleague Josh Charles. “Bloodline” and “Better Call Saul” continue to make strong showings for series that didn’t get a ton of buzz, while Peter Dinklage may as well have his name engraved in this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Joanne Froggatt “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Lena Headey “Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
Emilia Clarke “Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
Christine Baranski “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Christina Hendricks “Mad Men” (AMC)
Uzo Aduba “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Fun fact: This marks the fifth time in a row that Christine Baranski and Christina Hendricks have shared this category, and neither have ever won. Also nice of the academy to make room for the two lead “Game of Thrones” actresses this year, instead of just one of them.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Fox
Adam Driver “Girls” (HBO)
Keegan-Michael Key “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
Ty Burrell “Modern Family” (ABC)
Tituss Burgess “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Tony Hale “Veep” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: Did Keegan-Michael Key’s appearance at the White House correspondents’ dinner push him over the edge? Also a (great) surprise to see Tituss Burgess get a nomination for a role that few expected would get recognized, but that he completely deserved for his scene-stealing take in Tina Fey’s comedy.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Niecy Nash “Getting On” (HBO)
Julie Bowen “Modern Family” (ABC)
Allison Janney “Mom” (CBS)
Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Gaby Hoffmann “Transparent” (Amazon Instant Video)
Jane Krakowski “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Anna Chlumsky “Veep” (HBO)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: A crowded category with some of the usual, and some of the new, as Niecy Nash makes a surprise appearance for “Getting On.” Allison Janney is a critical favorite with “Mom,” but “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Transparent” made enough of a splash that they could sneak in.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: It should come down to John Oliver’s show (which took over the Internet with a new viral sketch every week) and the sentimental vote for Dave’s last season.

Outstanding Limited Series
“Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“The Honorable Woman” (SundanceTV)
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
“Wolf Hall” (PBS)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: “Olive Kitteridge” is a voter favorite, but never count out “American Horror Story” from this race. The acclaimed “Wolf Hall” should also be a strong contender.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
IMMEDIATE REACTION: It seems like “Saturday Night Live” should walk away with this after a star-studded 40th season, but “Inside Amy Schumer” has enough buzz to steal this one away.

Outstanding Television Movie
“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case” (Acorn TV)
“Bessie” (HBO)
“Grace Of Monaco” (Lifetime)
“Hello Ladies: The Movie” (HBO)
“Killing Jesus” (National Geographic Channel)
“Nightingale” (HBO)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda “The Blacklist” (NBC)
Michael J. Fox “The Good Wife” (CBS)
F. Murray Abraham “Homeland” (Showtime)
Reg E. Cathey “House Of Cards” (Netflix)
Beau Bridges “Masters Of Sex” (Showtime)
Pablo Schreiber “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda “The Blacklist” (NBC)
Michael J. Fox “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Beau Bridges “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Reg E. Cathey “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Pablo Schreiber “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
F. Murray Abraham “Homeland” (Showtime)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Allison Janney “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Diana Rigg “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Margo Martindale “The Americans” (FX)
Rachel Brosnahan “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Cicely Tyson “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Khandi Alexander “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Jon Hamm “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Bradley Whitford “Transparent” (Amazon)
Bill Hader “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Mel Brooks “The Comedians” (FX)
Paul Giamatti “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Christine Baranski “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Gaby Hoffman “Girls” (HBO)
Pamela Adlon “Louie” (FX)
Elizabeth Banks “Modern Family” (ABC)
Joan Cusack “Shameless” (Showtime)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Cat Deeley “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
Anthony Bourdain “The Taste” (ABC)
Jane Lynch “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
“Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery Channel)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Million Dollar Listing New York” (Bravo)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“Wahlburgers” (A&E)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“MythBusters” (Discovery Channel)
“Property Brothers” (HGTV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

Outstanding Variety Special
“Bill Maher: Live from D.C.” (HBO)
“The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)
“Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store” (
“Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen” (HBO)
“The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” (NBC)
“Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!” (PBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Joshua Brand “The Americans” (FX Networks)
Gordon Smith “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss “Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner “Mad Men” (AMC)
Matthew Weiner “Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik “Episodes” (Showtime)
Will Forte “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox)
Louis C.K. “Louie (FX)
Alec Berg “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Jill Soloway “Transparent (Amazon)
Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche “Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Phil Lord and Chirs Miller “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox)
Louis C.K. “Louie” (FX)
Mike Judge “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Jill Soloway “Transparent” (Amazon)
Armando Iannucci “Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Tim Van Patten “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
David Nutter “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Jeremy Podeswa “Game of Thrones (HBO)
Lesli Linka Glatter “Homeland” (HBO)
Steven Soderbergh “The Knick” (Cinemax)

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Ryan Murphy “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Dee Rees “Bessie” (HBO)
Hugo Blick “The Honorable Woman” (SundanceTV)|
Uli Edel “Houdini” (History)
Tom Shankland “The Missing” (Starz)
Lisa Cholodenko “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Peter Kosminsky “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
John Ridley “American Crime” (ABC)
Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Horton Foote “Bessie” (HBO)
Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg “Hello Ladies: The Movie” (HBO)
Hugo Blick “The Honorable Woman” (SundanceTV)
Jane Anderson “Olive Kitteridge” (HBO)
Peter Straughan “Wolf Hall” (PBS)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
James Hoskinson “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
Chuck O’Neil “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
Amy Schumer and Ryan McFaul “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
Jerry Foley “Late Show with David Letterman” (CBS)
Dave Diomedi “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Natalie Johns “Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert” (PBS)
Louis J. Horvitz “The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)
Hamish Hamilton “The Oscars” (ABC)
Don Roy King “The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” (NBC)
Glenn Weiss “68th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
– Opus Moreschi, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Barry Julien, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Jay Katsir, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Gabe Gronli and Ariel Dumas “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
– Elliott Kalan, Adam Lowitt, Steve Bodow, Jon Stewart, Dan Amira, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, Matt Koff, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Owen Parsons and Delaney Yeager “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
– Jessi Klein, Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Christine Nangle, Kurt Metzger, Daniel Powell, Tami Sagher and Amy Schumer “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
– Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
– Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner and Josh Gondelman “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
– Barry Adelman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Michael Shoemaker, Eric Gurian and Meredith Scardino “The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards” (NBC)
– Brendan Hunt, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Rich Talarico “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special” (Comedy Central)
– Louis C.K. “Louis C.K.: Live At The Comedy Store” (
– Mel Brooks “Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen” (HBO)
– James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Steve Higgins, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Jeff Richmond, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Tom Schiller, Sarah Schnieder, Marc Shaiman, Michael Shoemaker, Robert Smigel, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone and Bryan Tucker “The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” (NBC)

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
“The Case Against 8” (HBO)
“Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief ” (HBO)
“Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck” (HBO)
“Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All” (HBO)
“Virunga” (Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies” (PBS)
“The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst” (HBO)
“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” (PBS)
“The Sixties” (CNN)

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special
“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN)
“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” (HBO)
“Inside The Actors Studio” (Bravo)
“StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson” (National Geographic Channel)
“Vice” (HBO)

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