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LOUISIANA WINS BIG with 39 EMMY NOMINATIONS
AP television writer, July 10, 2014
"LOS ANGELES — Television series shot in Louisiana garnered several Emmy nominations Thursday.
The south Louisiana-set and -shot HBO crime anthology series “True Detective” not only came away with a best-drama series nod, stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey each received nominations for best drama actor.
“True Detective” will be competing against “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards” and “Mad Men” for the best drama Emmy.
“True Detective” was entered in the series category although it had a close-ended story and its stars have indicated they don’t plan on returning.
But the crime anthology qualifies as a series because of the “created by” credit given to New Orleans native Nic Pizzolatto by the Writers Guild of America, said John Leverence, the TV academy’s senior vice president for awards.
Other best drama actor nominees are four-time winner Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Jon Hamm for “Mad Men,” Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards,” and Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom,” who won the Emmy last year.
Meanwhile, in the miniseries category, FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” will go up against the A&E/History/Lifetime project “Bonnie & Clyde” and HBO’s “Treme.” “Coven” was shot in New Orleans and has 16 other nominations, while “Bonnie & Clyde” was filmed in several south Louisiana towns, and “Treme” was set in and shot in a post-Katrina New Orleans. Also nominated are “Fargo,” a riff on the 1996 movie of the same name, “Luther” and “The White Queen.”
Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” also shot in Louisiana) has received his first Emmy nod, in the lead actor in a mini-series category, for the Starz drama “Dancing on the Edge.”
Nominees in the lead actress drama category are last year’s winner, “Homeland” star Claire Danes along with Lizzy Caplan for “Masters of Sex,” Michelle Dockery for “Downton Abbey,” Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife,” Kerry Washington for “Scandal” and Robin Wright for “House of Cards.”
The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations with 19 bids, including best drama series.
Other top nominees included ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and the AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” with 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin drama “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.
Whether “Game of Thrones” can take home the top trophy is another question: Only one genre series, “Lost,” has ever captured it, according to Tom O’Neil, author of “The Emmys” and organizer of the Gold Derby awards site.
Snubbed in the category was “The Good Wife,” despite a season that was both critically acclaimed and gasp-inducing for the sudden, violent death of character Will Garndner (Josh Charles).
Netflix’s “House of Cards” which made a breakthrough last year as the first online series nominated for a major award, has the chance again to grab Emmy gold.
“Orange is the New Black,” also from Netflix, leaped that barrier on the flip side this time around with a bid for best comedy series, along with a nod for star Taylor Schilling.
Also competing for best comedy honors are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Louie,” “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” and “Modern Family,” a four-time winner that has the chance to tie “Frasier” as the all-time winning sitcom with one more award.
“Orange is the New Black,” a prison-set hybrid “dramedy,” could have been entered in either the drama or comedy category, and the decision to go for the latter paid off. Not so for “Shameless,” a onetime drama contender that tried for better luck on the comedy side but failed to get a top bid.
With a resurgence of so-called long-form drama, the TV academy separated the best movie and miniseries categories that it had combined for several years because of scant entries.
Along with “The Normal Heart,” the TV movie nominees are “Killing Kennedy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Advocate television editor Judy Bergeron contributed to this report.