Emmys 2014: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Orange,’ ‘Big Bang’ among comedy nominees

“Modern Family,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie” and “Silicon Valley” were nominated for the comedy series Emmy by voting members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday.

ABC’s “Modern Family” has won the Emmy for comedy series for each of the show’s first four seasons. If it wins this year, it will tie “Frasier” as the only comedy to win five Emmys for a series. (“Frasier” won the award from 1994 to 1998.)

The women’s prison saga “Orange Is the New Black” won a nomination for its first season, becoming the third Netflix original program to win a series nomination. (“House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” are the others.) The show, with its absurdist and often heartbreaking look at female inmates and the circumstances which put them behind bars, could have fit in the drama category as well.

HBO’s “Veep” has now received nominations for all three of its seasons. While the series has lost to “Modern Family” each time, its cast members have fared better. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the ambitious vice president, has won the lead actress in a comedy series Emmy twice, while Tony Hale took the supporting actor award last year.


“The Big Bang Theory” added its fourth comedy series nomination. Television’s highest-rated comedy, the CBS series has never won this category, though star Jim Parsons has taken the lead actor in a comedy series Emmy three times.

FX’s “Louie” received its second series nod. Comedian-actor Louis C.K.'s adventurous, often surreal show continued to find favor with Emmy voters who have nominated C.K., for writing, directing and starring in the program over the course of its four-year run.

“Silicon Valley” joined “Orange” as the category’s second freshman nominee. The HBO ensemble comedy follows a group of young, nerdy software developers trying to cash in on the Bay Area’s tech gold rush.

The Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. PDT on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Seth Meyers will host.