LOS ANGELES: Epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones led the pack of contenders for television’s coveted Primetime Emmy awards on (Friday in Manila) Thursday for a second straight year, with nods in an impressive 24 categories. The grisly show will once again vie for the coveted outstanding drama series trophy—an honor that has so far eluded it—against Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Homeland, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Mad Men. American Horror Story: Freak Show scored the second highest tally with 19 nods, followed by “Olive Kitteridge” with 13. Bessie—an HBO film about the life of blues singer Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah—scored 12 nominations for television’s equivalent of the Oscars, to be handed out on September 20 in Los Angeles. There were also some notable snubs, including perennial favorites The Good Wife, Lena Dunham’s Girls, and The Big Bang Theory—all shut out of best show honors. Empire, Fox’s debut melodrama about family feuds in a musical empire, only garnered three nominations despite its success with TV viewers, 17.6 million of whom tuned into the first season finale. But fan favorite Taraji Henson could make history if she wins in the best actress in a drama… Read full this story
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