Emmy Award Nods Broaden Out

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Emmy Award Nods Broaden Out.

Thursday’s nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards offered a snapshot of an industry stirred by crosscurrents of change, reflecting some of the growing racial diversity in casting, network experiments with ambitious programming and the rising clout of streaming TV providers. Drama, actor: Kyle Chandler, Bloodline; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Drama, actress: Claire Danes, Homeland; Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder; Taraji P Henson, Empire; Tatiana Maslany, Ophan Black; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Robin Wright, House of Cards Lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Adrien Brody, Houdini; Ricky Gervais, Derek; Timothy Hutton, American Crime; Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge; David Oyelowo, Nightingale; Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall Lead actress in a miniseries or movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman; Felicity Huffman, American Crime; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show; Queen Latifa, Bessie; Frances McDormand, Olive Kitterige; Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Live from Lincoln Center Comedy, actor: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish; Louis CK, Louie; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; William H Macy, Shameless; Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Comedy, actress: Eddie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer; Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie Best variety series: The Colbert Report; The Daily Show; Jimmy Kimmel Live!; Last Week Tonight; Late Show with David Letterman; The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Television movie: Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case; Bessie; Grace of Monaco; Hello Ladies: The Movie; Killing Jesus; Nightingale Supporting actor in a drama series: Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul; Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Alan Cumming, The Good Wife; Michael Kelly, House of Cards Supporting actress in a drama series: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey; Lena Headley, Game of Thrones; Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black Supporting actor in comedy series: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Adam Driver, Girls; Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Tony Hale, Veep Supporting actress in comedy series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory; Niecy Nash, Getting On; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Allison Janney, Mom; Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live; Gabby Hoffmann, Transparent; Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Anna Chlumsky, Veep Supporting actor in a limited series or movie: Richard Cabral, American Crime; Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story; Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show; Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie; Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge; Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall Supporting actress in a limited series or movie: Regina King, American Crime; Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show; Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show; Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show; Mo’Nique, Bessie; Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge Guest actor in a drama series: Alan Alda, The Blacklist; Michael J Fox, The Good Wife; F Murray Abraham, Homeland; Reg E Cathey, House of Cards; Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex; Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black Guest actress in a drama series: Margo Martindale, The Americans; Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones; Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards; Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder; Allison Janney, Masters of Sex; Khandi Alexander, Scandal Guest actor in a comedy series: Mel Brooks, The Comedians; Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer; Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live; Louis CK, Saturday Night Live; Bradley Whitford, Transparent; Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Guest actress in a comedy series: Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory; Gaby Hoffmann, Girls; Pamela Adlon, Louie; Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family; Joan Cusack, Shameless; Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Outstanding variety special: Bill Maher: Live From DC; The Kennedy Center Honors; Louis CK: Live At The Comedy Store; Mel Brooks Live At The Geffen; The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special; Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! TV aficionados’ relationship to the Emmys is kind of like a rebellious high-schooler’s relationship to the school principal: you know, inexplicably, he’s an authority and that’s so unjust you have to fight it to your very last spitball.

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. The Emmys are no longer quite the out of touch, network-obsessed joke they once were (the principal now wears jeans and thinks loving Louie is enough to make him cool), but they are still trying to tell us what to think and feel—and that just can’t stand. 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.

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. This year, as in ones past, the Emmys went two steps forward and one step back, unless it was going two steps back and one step forward, or three steps to the side. Also snubbed: freshman hit hip-hop-family drama “Empire,” which was left out of the best drama series category, and series star Terrence Howard, who failed to get a best drama actor bid. Variety reports that research firm Parks Associates believes Netflix, HBO and others are leaving as much as $500 million on the table this year by not putting the hammer down on password sharing. …About 6% of U.S. broadband households use an over-the-top video service paid by someone living outside of the household, the firm estimated. Unauthorized password-sharing is most rampant among consumers 18-24, with 20% of OTT users in that age bracket binge-watching on someone else’s dime, Parks says.

The relatively expansive ethnic diversity that TV offers — compared to movies, which honored only white actors this year — also is in play when it comes to sexuality. “Transparent” and Jeffrey Tambor’s portrayal of a transsexual’s life received best comedy series and acting bids. Indeed, it’s younger TV watchers – most likely “cord nevers” who have yet to subscribe to cable and probably never will – who are the primary offenders. 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. 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.

Davis and Henson headlined the two biggest shows of the past year, and their deserving inclusion reflects TV’s long-awaited and increasing diversity. No commercial broadcast network drama made the cut for best series, with cable, streaming service Netflix and non-commercial PBS dividing up the spoils instead.

That’s changed dramatically this year, with the launch of HBO Now; Showtime’s new streaming service; and Sling TV, which bundles popular cable networks like AMC, A&E, ESPN, CNN and TNT. David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, both received variety talk show nominations for their former shows. They’re both getting a break: the TV academy split the variety series category into two, one for variety talk shows and one for variety or sketch series like “Saturday Night Live,” making space for more contenders in each. Variety writer Todd Spangler says it’s because doing so would add a layer of complexity that would annoy legitimate subscribers: The real problem is, SVOD providers really can’t block unauthorized users if they have a legit password without instituting an additional form of authentication.

Kyle Chandler, Liev Schreiber, and Bob Odenkirk were all nominated in new roles, but that is a far less inspiring trio than Davis, Henson, and Maslany. Netflix and HBO want to make it as easy as possible to watch their streaming services; if they started asking for your mother’s maiden name or some other proof you’re entitled to the goods, customers would get irritated. Odenkirk’s inclusion is a really nice surprise, but Chandler and Schreiber, nominated for Bloodline and Ray Donovan respectively, are the kind of new nominees who immediately feel old and stodgy: they are good actors in not great parts.

On the comedy series side, perennial TV academy favorite “Modern Family” is nominated again, along with “Louie,” ”Silicon Valley,” ”Transparent,” ”Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep.” Besides Hamm and Odenkirk, others vying for best drama actors are Kyle Chandler of “Bloodline,” Spacey in “House of Cards,” Jeff Daniels from “The Newsroom” and Liev Schreiber in “Ray Donovan.” In the drama actress field, Henson and Davis will compete with Robin Wright of “House of Cards,” Claire Danes in “Homeland,” Elisabeth Moss from “Mad Men,” and Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black.” Besides Tambor and Anderson, lead comedy acting nominees are Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes,” Don Cheadle from “House of Lies,” Louis C.K. in “Louie” and William H. Macy from “Shameless.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s won as best comedy actress for “Veep” three consecutive times, is competing with current movie and TV’s It-Woman Amy Schumer for “Inside Amy Schumer,” Lily Tomlin for “Grace and Frankie,” Lisa Kudrow in “The Comeback,” Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie” and Amy Poehler from “Parks and Recreation.” The Emmys will be presented Sept. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in L.A and broadcast on Fox. SVOD services could do heavy two-factor authentication for a preset number of devices per account, but again, that would stunt users’ ability to stream on any Internet-connected thing with a screen (e.g., from your in-laws’ smart TV on Thanksgiving). As you go through the nominees, it’s all like this: the good, the bad, the inexplicable, the change that feels like change, the change that feels like stasis, and the no change at all.

But as long as the streaming services are in market-share-building mode, you can expect them to turn a blind eye to password sharing, even though it may be costing then significant dollars. [Note: Comments are working again. not available due to a technical issue. Jim Parsons and Big Bang Theory were not nominated this year, making way for Transparent and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—but, sigh, Modern Family and Downton Abbey still were.

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