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July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting a vista of television that was barely visible — if at all — a generation ago, cable TV shows and Netflix productions dominated Emmy nominations announced today (Thursday), with the four major broadcast networks shut out in several categories. Not a single one of their programs was included in the "outstanding drama series" category, which included AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men, HBO’s True Detective and Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, and PBS’s Downton Abbey. In the "outstanding comedy series" category the broadcasters fared slightly better, with ABC’s Modern Family and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory making the list of nominees. But they were outnumbered by the cable series Silicon Valley and Veep on HBO, Louie on FX and Orange Is the New Black on Netflix. And although the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences calls the annual ceremony the Primetime Emmy Awards, the network program that received the most nominations, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is not broadcast in primetime. And perhaps foreshadowing a day when both broadcast and cable are cast aside, Netflix racked up 31 nominations — more than Fox TV, which came away with only 18, and nearly as many as ABC, which had 37. Overall, HBO made the biggest haul, as usual, with a whopping 99 nominations; CBS was a distant second with 47, followed closely by NBC with 46. A complete list of nominees can be found at http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners.