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Primetime Emmy Nominations Spreads To Include Internet Series

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(FOX 11 / CNS) It was fear and fantasy that filled the room when nominations for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in North Hollywood today, with FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum'' garnering 17 nominations and HBO's "Game of Thrones'' close behind with 16.

And for the first time, on-demand television took its place among the nominees.

The political thriller "House of Cards'' was nominated in the outstanding drama series category, one of 14 nominations for Netflix, which marked the first time a streaming video service has been recognized by the Emmys for a major award. The other nominees in the category were last year's winner, Showtime's "Homeland,'' AMC's four time winner "Mad Men'' and
"Breaking Bad,'' PBS' British period drama "Downton Abbey'' and medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones.''

ABC's "Modern Family,'' a winner each of the last three years, surprised no one by making the list of nominees for outstanding comedy series again this morning. Other nominees in the category included CBS' "The Big Bang Theory,'' HBO's "Girls,'' FX's "Louie,'' NBC's "30 Rock,'' and HBO's "Veep.''

"Arrested Development,'' winner of six Emmys during its 2003-2006 run on FOX and now in a new season on Netflix, was not nominated in the comedy category, but Jason Bateman was nominated as outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Michael Bluth in the offbeat comedy.

This was the second year that none of the outstanding drama series nominees came from the major broadcast networks. A series from the major broadcast networks has not won in the category since FOX's "24'' in 2006.

Emmy rules were changed in 2007 to allow broadband programming to submit in all categories, but this is the first year that online programming has been recognized in such visible categories. That included a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for Kevin Spacey, who plays a scheming South Carolina congressman in "House of Cards'' and for Robin Wright for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. Wright plays his wife, a philanthropist.

HBO dominated the categories overall with 108 nominations. Traditional broadcast networks also had big showings: NBC and CBS tied with 53 nominations and ABC had 45. CBS' "The Amazing Race'' has received the Emmy for outstanding reality-competition program for nine of the 10 years it has been awarded and was nominated again today, along with Bravo's "Top Chef,'' the only other program to win in the category. Other nominees were ABC's "Dancing With The Stars,''

FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance,'' NBC's "The Voice,'' and Lifetime's "Project Runway.''

"Behind the Candelabra'' garnered lead acting nominations in the miniseries/movie category for both Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon, who played his younger lover, Scott Thorson, on the HBO miniseries. The show itself was nominated for outstanding miniseries or movie along with "American Horror Story: Asylum,'' the History channel's "The Bible,'' HBO's "Phil
Spector,'' USA's "Political Animals'' and "Top of the Lake'' from the Sundance Channel.

Jeff Daniels was nominated for the first time for his portrayal of news anchor Will McAvoy in HBO's "The Newsroom.'' In addition to Daniels and Spacey, the nominees for outstanding lead actor in a drama series included Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad''), Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey''), Damian Lewis ("Homeland'') and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men'').

The nominees for outstanding lead actress in a drama series included Vera Farmiga in A&E's Bates Motel,'' Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey''), Claire Danes ("Homeland''), Robin Wright ("House of Cards''), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men''),  Kerry Washington (ABC's "Scandal'') and Connie Britton ("Nashville,'' also from ABC).

On the comedy front, Louis C.K. received seven nominations for acting, directing, writing and editing "Louie'' and "Louis C.K. : Oh My God'' and "Saturday Night Live.'' In addition to Bateman, Louis C.K.'s fellow nominees for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series included Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory''), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes''), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies'') and Alec Baldwin, a two-time winner for his portrayal of corporate executive Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock.''

Tina Fey received six nominations for "30 Rock'' and "The 70th Annual Golden Globes,'' which she co-hosted with Amy Poehler. Other nominees for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series were Laura Dern (HBO's "Enlightened''), Lena Dunham (HBO's "Girls''), Edie Falco (Showtime's "Nurse Jackie''), Amy Poehler (NBC's "Parks and Recreation'') and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (HBO's "Veep'').

Three-time Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September, and Aaron Paul, a two-time Emmy winner and nominee again today for his portrayal of methamphetamine manufacturer Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad,'' joined Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in announcing the nominees in the top categories in a ceremony that began at 5:40 a.m. at the
academy's North Hollywood headquarters.

Kate Mara, who plays reporter Zoe Barnes on ''House of Cards,'' was originally scheduled to co-host with Paul, but was stuck on location due to a cancelled flight, according to organizers.

Harris joked about the early hour, designed to allow the nominations to be shown live in the Eastern and Central time zones on the morning news programs.

"Special thanks to Kate Mara for getting me out of the house before my children start screaming and crying,'' Harris said.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, will be presented Sept. 22 at the Nokia Theatre and televised on CBS.

The bulk of the Primetime Emmys will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 15, also at the Nokia Theatre.

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