LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television thriller “American Horror Story: Asylum” and medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” led nominees for primetime Emmy Awards on Thursday.
In a new twist, online DVD and streaming service Netflix won its first Emmy nominations for political drama “House of Cards” and comedy “Arrested Development.” “House of Cards” garnered nine nominations including best drama and leading actor and actress in a drama for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum” pulled in 17 nominations including best miniseries and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” landed 16 including best drama. Last year’s winner “Homeland” was nominated in 11 categories including best drama.
In the comedy category, NBC’s “30 Rock” anchored the most nominations with 13 including best comedy for the long-running series’ final season. Creator and star Tina Fey and co-star Alec Baldwin picked up nominations in leading comedy actor categories. Last year’s big winner, ABC’s “Modern Family,” scored 12 nods including best comedy series.
The HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” based on the life of pianist Liberace pulled in 15 nominations, and Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover will compete in the lead actor in a miniseries or movie category.
The Emmys are the top TV awards in the United States given out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This year’s Emmy Awards will take place on September 22 and will be broadcast on the CBS network.