At nomination time, Emmy seems blind to many shows’ virtues

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10 Things to Know for Friday.

This year, as always, a favorite game for viewers is identifying Emmy’s snubs, and it’s an easy game to play. The biggest surprise of yesterday’s nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards was the nod for “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany as outstanding lead actress in a drama.

With an emergency infusion of cash, the government is promising to reopen the nation’s banks on Monday — but customers won’t be able to withdraw money except at ATMs. Emmy’s judges are all too susceptible to the safe, the familiar, and grinding repetition. (Item: “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with three wins in a row, is nominated again. It’s an unprecedented nod, one that will give hope to all the great performers on genre shows ranging from “The Walking Dead” to “The Flash” that someone might actually take their work seriously. The only chance congressional opponents have to scuttle Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is if they get the next-in-line Senate Democratic leader in their corner, observers say.

Item: “Modern Family,” named best comedy series for five years straight, is nominated again.) Without the right blend of buzz and ratings, an actor or a show faces steep odds breaking in with Emmy. HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which topped all individual programs with its 24 nominations, and PBS’s “Downton Abbey” appeared as familiar names in the category of outstanding drama series. To get Emmy attention, the program’s quality must hitch a ride on squeaky wheels, which explains those noisy look-at-me campaigns that target judges every Emmy season. And “Mad Men,” a show that helped usher in the ongoing wave of original cable programming when it premiered in 2007, received an eighth consecutive drama-series nomination.

In this image released by AMC, Jonathan Banks appears in a scene from “Better Call Saul.” Banks was nominated for an Emmy Award on Thursday, July 16, 2015, for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role on the show. The Academy also anointed a successor to last year’s winner in that category, “Breaking Bad,” with a nomination for AMC’s spinoff series “Better Call Saul.” The rising profile of actors of color last season was somewhat represented in the nominations.

Along with the freshman smash “Empire,” FX’s “The Americans” and the final seasons of NBC’s “Parenthood,” FX’s “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” failed to make the drama cut. She is nothing without her family.” The omissions were among the Emmys’ most surprising snubs—both “Empire” and Howard were considered almost sure bets for Emmy nods. On the comedy side, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was banished, while CW’s hopes for “Jane the Virgin” — and its star, Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez — were dashed. After premiering in January, the show quickly became broadcast TV’s hottest series, scoring both huge audiences and critical accolades during its record-setting 12-episode run.

The stormy love-hate relationship between Lucious Lyon, an ailing music mogul and his estranged wife Cookie, who are locked in a fierce battle for control of a massive music empire, is the driving force of “Empire.” This isn’t the first time Henson and Howard have faced each other on-screen: the two starred together in 2005’s “Hustle & Flow,” which earned Howard an Oscar nomination for best actor. “That’s why I try not to put too much stock in awards,” Henson said. “What you expect and want to happen will hurt your feelings when it doesn’t happen. Behind the camera, there was a 60% increase in the number of women writers and directors nominated in the comedy, drama and long-form categories compared to last year, the Academy said. Along the way, Emmy has stretched and added categories in a desperate attempt to keep up. (Is Emmy doomed to become a TV version of the Grammys?) One big-tent category this year somehow harbors Zach Galifianakis’ online “Between Two Ferns,” the Adult Swim cable channel’s “Childrens Hospital” and NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. Her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer” is up for variety sketch series, her skits go viral and her new film, “Trainwreck,” is poised to crash the box office.

Broadcast networks, which have been largely shut out of major categories in recent years, took some bigger swings with unorthodox programming last season, but were rewarded with only a smattering of nominations. Set in a small Georgia town, it focuses on a native son who, after 20 years’ imprisonment for rape and murder, is exonerated and returns home, where he is received less than warmly by the locals. FILE – In this May 13, 2015 file photo, Uzo Aduba attends the The Paley Center Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. But Cookie has been her breakthrough role, helping her earn an Entertainer of the Year at this year’s NAACP Image Awards and a guest host gig on “Saturday Night Live.” The adoration from fans has made it increasingly difficult for her to go out in public—she spent Tuesday, her day off, “on house arrest, bingeing on “Orange Is the New Black.” Henson is currently working on the second episode of the second season of “Empire,” which ended its freshman run as the top-rated broadcast show among viewers 18 to 49. The series, which was created by Oscar nominee Lee Daniels and executive producer Danny Strong, set records, increasing its audience for 11 straight weeks, an unprecedented feat.

At least, that would explain its aversion to Starz’ “Outlander,” whose romance-fantasy trappings are given gravitas through solid storytelling and a trio of splendid actors: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies as one of TV’s most nuanced blackhearts. And the transgender dramedy “Transparent” got a boost from high-decibel buzz and impeccable timing to score a remarkable 11 nominations for its fledgling online service, Amazon Instant Video. She has invested Cookie with a larger-than-life ferocity fueled by withering wisecracks, streetwise bravado, smoldering sexuality and a closet of full-length furs and body-hugging outfits. The Los Angeles ceremony will air Sept. 20 on Fox with host Andy Samberg. (Matt Sayles/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences via AP, File) (Matt Sayles/AP) Along with negligence, Emmy sometimes demonstrates a snobbish attitude. But for weeks, Henson said she has tried to distance herself from all the Emmy hype, which reached such a crescendo before the nomination announcements Wednesday that she turned off her phone. “The phone was buzzing so much that I had to put it under my pillow,” she said. “Everybody was saying, ‘You know you’re going to get it.

Both actors feast on multiple roles as their characters go undercover, and they shine — as does Noah Emmerich playing the beleaguered FBI agent who lives across the street. What are you going to wear?’ and I was telling everybody to calm down, we don’t know what’s going to happen. “My eyes are always on the bigger picture,” she added. “My goal is changing the world through art.

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