Emmy nominations announced in Hollywood

``Game of Thrones'' tops all the nominees with 19 nods in awards set to be handed out next month

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - As expected, AMC's gritty ``Breaking Bad'' received a best-drama nomination today as it looks to repeat last year's Emmy win, while ``Modern Family'' scored a best comedy nod in its bid for a fifth consecutive victory in the category.

Also nominated for best drama were AMC's ``Mad Men,'' Netflix's ``House of Cards,'' HBO's ``Game of Thrones'' and ``True Detective'' and PBS' ``Downton Abbey.''

``Game of Thrones'' topped all the nominees with 19 nods.

Challenging ``Modern Family'' for best comedy honors will be Netflix's ``Orange is the New Black,'' HBO's ``Veep'' and ``Silicon Valley,'' CBS' ``The Big Bang Theory'' and FX's ``Louie.''

This is the third consecutive year that none of the outstanding drama nominees came from a major broadcast network. 

A series from the major broadcast networks has not won in the category since Fox's ``24'' in 2006.

``Breaking Bad's'' win in the category last year broke a four-year winning streak by ``Mad Men.''

Bryan Cranston was nominated as best drama actor for his lead role in ``Breaking Bad.'' 

He will be challenged by last year's winner, Jeff Daniels of ``The Newsroom,'' John Hamm from ``Mad Men,'' Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey of ``True Detective'' and Kevin Spacey of ``House of Cards.''

Lead drama actress nominations went to Michelle Dockery for ``Downton Abbey,'' Robin Wright for ``House of Cards,'' Kerry Washington for ``Scandal,'' Claire Danes for ``Homeland,'' Lizzy Caplan for ``Masters of Sex'' and Julianna Margulies for ``The Good Wife.''

Jim Parsons of ``The Big Bang Theory'' was nominated for best actor in a comedy series, along with Ricky Gervais for ``Derek,'' Don Cheadle for ``House of Lies,'' William H. Macy for ``Shameless,'' Matt LeBlanc for ``Episodes'' and Louis C.K. for ``Louie.''

Nominated for best comedy actress were Lena Dunham for ``Girls,'' Edie Falco for ``Nurse Jackie,'' Amy Poehler for ``Parks and Recreation,'' Melissa McCarthy for ``Mike & Molly,'' Taylor Schilling for ``Orange is the New Black'' and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for ``Veep.''

The nominations were announced by Carson Daly, host of ``The Voice,'' and Mindy Kaling, star of the Fox comedy ``The Mindy Project,'' along with Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014, will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre with Seth Meyers as the host. 

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