News / Arts & Entertainment

TV Newcomers 'True Detective,' 'Orange' Dominate Emmy Nominations

Television Academy Chairman & CEO Bruce Rosenblum (C), actress Mindy Kaling (L) and television host Carson Daly (R) stand together during the nominations announcement for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in North Hollywood, California, July 10, 2014.
Television Academy Chairman & CEO Bruce Rosenblum (C), actress Mindy Kaling (L) and television host Carson Daly (R) stand together during the nominations announcement for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in North Hollywood, California, July 10, 2014.
Reuters

U.S. television newcomers "True Detective,'' a crime drama from HBO, and "Orange is the New Black,'' a dark prison comedy from Netflix, racked up a dozen Emmy nominations each on Thursday, challenging stalwarts like "Breaking Bad'' and "Modern Family.''

Online streaming company Netflix Inc more than doubled its nominations for TV's highest honors last year, reaching 31 as political thriller "House of Cards'' earned 13 nods.

HBO's medieval thriller and fan favorite "Game of Thrones'' led all nominees with 19 and pushed the premium cable service's overall nods to 99, the most of any network for the 14th year in a row. 

While cable and online streaming fared well, the broadcast networks were once again shut out of the top competition, best drama. Last year's winner, AMC's drug tale "Breaking Bad,'' will compete there for its final season, along with the network's ad world drama "Mad Men,'' "House of Cards,'' PBS's British period drama "Downton Abbey,'' "Game of Thrones'' and "True Detective.''

"True Detective,'' which follows a sadistic crime spree in rural Louisiana, earned best actor in a drama nominations for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, some of the biggest film stars to move into the thriving television industry. 

'Something's working' for Netflix

In another crossover from film, FX's "Fargo'' mini-series, based on the cult movie from the Coen brothers, notched up 18 nominations, including best actor in a mini-series nods for stars Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. In the TV movie category, HBO's "The Normal Heart,'' based on the true story of an early AIDS activist in New York City, earned 16 nods, including a best actor nomination for Mark Ruffalo.  

 
 Netflix, which was the big Emmy disrupter last year by earning the first nominations ever for a series delivered solely online, has made its original programming a priority to lure subscribers around the world, much like Time Warner Inc's HBO.

"Emmys are a part of their business plan,'' said Cynthia Littleton, the TV editor-in-chief at trade publication Variety. "It's the HBO playbook. ''They've given their shows big budgets; they've got very good pedigree on their shows. They want to be in that HBO game. Clearly, something's working"

 ''Orange is the New Black" is based on the real story of a woman who goes to prison on old drug charges, finding herself living with hardened criminals and the old girlfriend who got her into trouble.

The nominations this year are for season one, although season two was made available all at once last month. 

For the year's best comedy, ''Orange is the New Black" will compete against ABC's ''Modern Family," which won last year. Rounding out the competitors are political satire ''Veep" and tech-world take-down ''Silicon Valley," both from HBO; CBS nerd-fest ''The Big Bang Theory"; and the irreverent comedy ''Louie" from FX.

You May Like

Video Obama to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President says US will take leadership role for a global response to deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Border Crossings

Graham Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once for his work with The Hollies and once as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The legendary folk-rocker joins "Border Crossings" host Larry London to talk about his latest project, “CSN 2012,” which captured on video recent live performances by Crosby, Stills & Nash.