On Thursday, the
The inclusion of defending champ "Breaking Bad" was virtually a foregone conclusion. The series, which stars multiple Emmy-winner
Less certain, if not exactly surprising, was the nomination for HBO's moody anthology series "True Detective." The network made a calculated risk by entering the Louisiana-set mystery as a drama series, even though many regard it as a miniseries (each new season will feature an entirely different story, cast and setting). The first season starred
This marks the fourth nomination in a row for the fantasy epic "Game of Thrones," based on the series of novels by George R.R. Martin. The lavishly violent series has been a massive ratings hit for HBO and won numerous Emmys for its makeup, costumes and visual effects, but has yet to claim the big prize.
The once-dominant "Mad Men" also eked out a nomination, despite airing just seven episodes this year. The four-time drama series winner, which is set in the 1960s ad world and follows the story of tortured creative executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm), will return to AMC next spring for its final seven episodes.
A rule change implemented this year allowed for a seventh nominee in the outstanding drama and comedy categories in case of a voting difference of less than 2%, but academy members seem to have settled on just six nominees.
This left both 2012 winner