True to form, the television academy's latest batch of Emmy nominees is distinguished by its snubs. The Good Wife, CBS' audience and critic favorite was left off this year's list for best dramatic series as was Southland, TNT's consistently solid police drama, and Showtime's thriller Dexter.
The academy decided to leave Louie, Community, and Parks and Recreation off its short list for best comedy series. The nominees for best comedy show are Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls and Veep.
Best drama nominees include Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland.
FX's American Horror Story and AMC's Mad Men tied for the most nominations for a single program at 17. Downton Abbey was also near the top with 16 nominations.
New nominees include Zooey Deschanel for New Girl and Lena Dunham for Girls, who will both compete for best actress in a comedy series against Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Melissa McCarthy for Mike and Molly, and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
The nominees for best actor in a comedy series are Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Louis C.K. for Louie, Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men, Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.
Emmy is also in love with movie stars, handing out television acting nominations to Kevin Costner, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Emma Thompson and Jessica Lange.