Emmy Nominations 2015

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‘Empire,’ ‘Mad Men,’ Letterman vie for Emmy nominations.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Here’s the latest on the 67th annual Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday in West Hollywood, California, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local): The reading of Emmy nominations has begun. Organizers of TV’s Emmy Awards are announcing their 2015 nominees from Hollywood, with two stars of fan-favourite shows — Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley — unveiling the contenders.Six months after the Oscars featured an all-white cast of acting nominees, television’s Emmy Awards is poised to show its big-screen Hollywood sibling how diversity is achieved.

The nominees for best actor in a drama series are: Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.” The nominees for best actress in a drama series are: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”; Taraji P. Expected nominees include departed programs such as acclaimed 1960s-era drama Mad Men and talk shows Late Show with David Letterman and The Colbert Report.

The likely contenders for Thursday’s Emmy nominations include hit series “Empire” and “black-ish” and their wealth of critically acclaimed black actors, and “Jane the Virgin” and its standout Latina star, Gina Rodriguez. Hosted by comic actor Andy Samberg, the 2015 Emmy Awards will be held at the recently renamed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and broadcast live on Fox. Although, they are trying to modernise this year: The organization, which presents the Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday that it is doing away with DVD screeners and teaming up with Google Chromecast to make shows available to stream to its 18,500 voting members. That still leaves five incumbent nominees, all in fighting form, and a strong line-up of newcomers that includes at least five freshman shows with enough industry heat to potentially crack the field. (Click to see predictions for the drama series contenders). With the depth of African-American talent among actresses starring in drama series, it’s possible that one of them could become the first to win in the category — among the few Emmy acting awards still solely in white hands.

Reporters grabbed last-minute bites of pastries and sips of coffee before the announcement, while press packets with details about the nominees were parked on a cart outside the theater and closely watched by academy personnel. If there’s one newcomer all but assured to lock up the slot vacated by “Orange,” it’s another digital sensation: Amazon’s “Transparent.” The Golden Globe winner was a critical favorite ever since the online outlet previewed the pilot, and the subject matter of a father of three who is coming out as a trans woman late in life tapped into the zeitgeist in a way few comedies ever accomplish. The awards, which recognize the best shows and performances to appear on television and streaming services between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, will be handed out at a Sept. 20 ceremony.

Also looking like safe bets: HBO’s Sunday night duo of “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” were both nominated last year and could be sleepers to watch for the win this year, thanks to crackerjack seasons showcasing exceptional writing and peerless ensemble acting. AMC’s “Mad Men,” which ended its 7-season run, this past May, will likely cast a long shadow over the drama category. “Breaking Bad,” another critically beloved AMC drama, won five Emmys for its final season. “Mad Men” has won the award for top drama four times, most recently in 2011, but not one member of its ensemble cast has ever won an Emmy during its run. (Mr. Another key aspect of TV’s evolution likely to be reflected in the nominations: The rising tide of non-broadcast and cable platforms, including streaming services, which has made shows including Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Amazon’s “Transparent” serious contenders. So if one of last year’s nominees fails to repeat, the most likely suspect is CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” Heading into its ninth season, the show still rules the ratings but as much as Emmy voters love to tick the same boxes over and over, they do have their limits. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is the most recent laffer to earn a nom for its eighth season, while both “Will & Grace” and “The Office” fell out of the mix as soon as they reached season eight.

This will be the year that proves whether the TV Acad views “Big Bang” as another “Friends,” “Frasier” or “Everybody Loves Raymond” (all nommed in season eight), or … not. David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, also are in the Emmy hunt for their former shows. “Late Show” was last nominated in 2009 as best variety, music or comedy series and last won in 2002.

Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a prediction favorite for many pundits due to both the heavyweight status of its outlet and the enviable Emmy track record of executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. 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. Then again, voters may warm to another Netflix comedy, “Grace and Frankie,” which stars a quartet of beloved industry veterans and has an unprecedented (at least in the U.S.) focus on four main characters over the age of 70. But the comedy that might have the best shot of all of toppling “Modern Family” is Amazon’s “Transparent,” a show about an even more modern family. The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” would be a sure thing for its lively take on telenovela tropes, which is packed with laughs and grounded in authentic emotions.

It’s right in the wheelhouse of previous hourlong nominees “Ally McBeal,” “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives,” but the biggest question is whether enough voters watch CW. And ABC’s “Black-ish” took its creative inspiration from both Norman Lear and “The Wonder Years” and became the first true hit to follow “Modern Family,” a smart piece of scheduling that could pay off with an Emmy too.

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” has only been nominated for comedy series once in its previous six years of eligibility, but the slam dunk final season was one of the show’s best. And with Amy Poehler (a lead actress nominee five years running) and Chris Pratt dominating the box office in “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World,” respectively, during the time of Emmy voting, the industry may well feel sentimental about the show that launched them to stardom.

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