Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Primetime Emmy Awards Will Be Presented This Sunday

(LOS ANGELES) — The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sunday from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony live on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific time.

The Netflix series House of Cards has already made Emmy history, as the first program distributed exclusively online to receive a nomination. It has nine nods overall, including in the best drama category.

The other contenders for best drama are the category’s reigning winner, Showtime’s Homeland; AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad; HBO’s Game of Thrones; and PBS’ Downton Abbey. If Mad Men emerges victorious, it will set a record for the most wins in the category, with five.

Tom O’Neil, of the awards show website, says Breaking Bad is the front-runner for best drama. He says it would be an unusual choice because “it’s not the kind of upscale, elitist show that normally wins, like The West Wing or Mad Men.”

Homeland stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis picked up the Emmys for lead drama actress and lead drama actor, respectively, in 2012. Both have a chance to repeat on Sunday. Danes’ biggest threat in her category could be Scandal star Kerry Washington. If Washington wins, she would become the first-ever African-American to take the best drama actress prize.

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have both won acting Emmys in the past, and they’re contenders again for best drama actor and best supporting drama actor, respectively.

Last year’s winner for best comedy, ABC’s Modern Family, is nominated again for that prize. It will oppose HBO’s Girls and Veep, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, NBC’s 30 Rock, and the FX series Louie. O’Neil believes there’s a chance “Modern Family fatigue” has set in with voters, and that a cable series such as Louie or Veep could pick up a surprise win.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who claimed the Emmy for lead comedy actress last year for her role in Veep, is a strong bet to hold on to that title. However, the 2012 winner for lead comedy actor, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer, was snubbed this time around.

The FX series American Horror Story: Asylum has the most nominations of any series, with 17.

The list of presenters for the Emmys telecast includes Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Newhart, Jim Parsons, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel and Kerry Washington.

According to, the telecast will begin with an Oscars-style opening montage featuring Harris crossing over into various shows after binge-watching them. Harris would only tell ABC News Radio that he won’t kick off the show with a big song-and-dance number, as he did when he hosted the Tony Awards earlier this year.

Harris explains, “I didn’t feel like frankly spending the time trying to come up with something that was unique and different and didn’t replicate what I had just done. It just seemed like I was suddenly not doing it for the love of the game, but trying to do something just for the sake of being different.”

However, Harris says he will dance in a segment put together by all of the nominees for outstanding choreography.

Here are the nominees for the 10 leading categories. For a complete list of nominees, visit

Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Claire Danes, Homeland

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Connie Britton, Nashville

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Comedy Series

30 Rock



Modern Family

The Big Bang Theory


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum

Behind the Candelabra

Phil Spector

Political Animals

The Bible

Top of the Lake

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Sigourney Weaver, Political Anumals

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Variety Series

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show

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