TV newcomers 'True Detective,' 'Orange' storm Emmys race

Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:16pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television newcomers "True Detective," a crime drama from HBO, and "Orange is the New Black," a dark prison comedy from Netflix, racked up a dozen Emmy nominations each on Thursday in a challenge to stalwarts like "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family."

Online streaming company Netflix Inc, the big disrupter of the Emmys last year, more than doubled its nominations for TV's highest honors to 31 this year. Its political thriller "House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, earned 13 nods for its second season.

HBO's medieval thriller and fan favorite "Game of Thrones" received the most nominations - 19 - and pushed the premium cable service's overall nods to 99, the most of any network for the 14th year in a row.

While cable networks and Netflix fared well, the broadcast networks were once again shut out of the top competition, best drama. Last year's winner, AMC's gritty drug tale "Breaking Bad," will compete for its final season, along with the network's ad world drama "Mad Men," "House of Cards," PBS's British period drama "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective."

"It's a horse race between 'True Detective' and 'Breaking Bad,'" said Cynthia Littleton, the TV editor-in-chief at trade publication Variety.

"Homeland," a big winner in its first year, failed to snag a nomination in the best drama category despite good reviews for the Showtime domestic-terrorism tale in its third season. Claire Danes, who has won best lead actress for a drama for the last two years, was nominated again.

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Television Academy Chairman & Chief Executive Bruce Rosenblum (C), actress Mindy Kaling (L) and television host Carson Daly announce the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series award during the nominations announcement for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in North Hollywood, California July 10, 2014.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok