‘Game of Thrones’ Leads The Pack In Emmy Nominations

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Brandon Katz Contributor
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The 2016 Emmy Award nominations were released earlier Thursday, and it’s no surprise to see HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leading the way with a whopping 23 nods. This is the second consecutive year that “Thrones” has led all TV offerings in total nominations as it looks to add to its collection.

Veep” led all comedies with 17 total nominations, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series. All told, HBO boasts 92 total nominations this year, more than any other channel on cable.

FX is seeing its star rise as well with its killer lineup of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (22 nominations), “Fargo” (18 nominations) and “The Americans” (5 nominations). Overall, FX scored 56 nods while “The Americans” star Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are both contenders in their respective acting categories.

Among the big four networks, NBC leads the pack with 41 nominations. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” receives two, “The Voice” gets 6 and “Saturday Night Live” ties its own 2011 record with 16.

In terms of individual success, arguably no other star is shining as bright as Laurie Metcalf, who is nominated in three different categories. She scored nods in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (“Getting On,” HBO), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (“Horace and Pete, LouisCK.net).