2015 Emmys: The Nominees

The 2015 Emmy Awards nominees were announced last Thursday, stacking some of the best television shows, specials and movies against one another. Andy Samberg will host the big show on Sept. 20, but here’s what we know so far.

The 2015 Emmy Awards nominees were announced last Thursday, stacking some of the best television shows, specials and movies against one another. Andy Samberg will host the big show on Sept. 20, but here’s what we know so far.

Big Winners

OK, so no one’s a winner quite yet, but Game of Thrones leads the pack (for a second year) with 24 nominations. American Horror Story: Freak Show is close behind with 19 nods, followed by HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge with 13.

First-Timers

Newcomers with nominations include Transparent (11), Better Call Saul (7), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (7), The Knick (5), Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (4), The Last Man on Earth (4) and Empire (3). Also notable is Tatiana Maslany’s much-deserved first nomination for her portrayal of several clones in Orphan Black (1).

Last Chance

Viewers bid farewell to a number of great shows this year, including some nominees: Mad Men (11), Boardwalk Empire (10), Parks and Recreation (3) and Sons of Anarchy (3). It was also Justified’s final season this year, but the Bluegrass drama didn’t receive any nominations. Which leads us to…

Snubs

The recently cancelled psychological thriller/nightmare factory Hannibal was dismissed by the Academy yet again, which has become expected at this point (the show has not garnered a single Emmy or Golden Globe nomination and — hello — just got cancelled). Also snubbed: Jane the Virgin (a narrator nomination), Broad City, The Leftovers and The Mindy Project (just a costume nod). How is NBC’s Peter Pan Live! gonna get more nominations than these shows? I’ll throw Jordan Peele in there, too, because you can’t just nominate one half of Key & Peele (6).

WEDNESDAY 22

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (Premiere, 9 p.m., Syfy) – The lowest levels of celebrity are represented in a cast that includes Jerry Springer, Frankie Muniz, *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick and someone named Michael Bolten, who undoubtedly was cast due to a clerical error.

Lachey’s Bar (10:30 p.m., A&E) – Nick and Drew visit the Christian Moerlein brewery for beer-spiration. After they each create a signature beer, they host a kegger to determine which brew will be served at their bar.

THURSDAY 23

Married (10:30 p.m., FX) – It’s Lina’s 40th birthday, and she and Russ make the mistake of leaving the party planning to their friends.

SATURDAY 25

Hannibal (10 p.m., NBC) – After possibly the craziest episode of any show ever, things are looking back to normal for the crew, with Hannibal locked up and Jack calling on Will to assist in finding a serial killer called the Tooth Fairy. That’s right: fans of Hannibal Lecter books and films have been waiting for this since the series’ beginning — the Red Dragon is here.

SUNDAY 26

I Am Cait (Series Premiere, 8 p.m., E!) – In a reality show all to herself, Caitlyn Jenner reveals her true identity, comes to terms with family members and reaches out to transgender kids facing adversity.

Humans (9 p.m., AMC) – Leo sends Niska to George’s house, where she discusses synth consciousness with the doctor. Elsewhere, Mattie discovers something disturbing about Anita.

True Detective (9 p.m., HBO) – Ray confronts Frank (a conversation that begins with “We need to talk” never ends well) as Ani goes deep undercover to dig up dirt at Tony Chessani’s crazy sex party.

Ballers (10 p.m., HBO) – Spencer finally agrees to get an MRI; Ricky’s girl/Alonzo’s mom opens up to the press about her relationship; Charles gives into temptation.


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