NEW YORK (AP) — Fun facts about Thursday’s Emmy nominations:
NO LOVE FOR STEPHEN
The bold transition by Stephen Colbert from faux-blowhard-pundit on Comedy Central to just being himself as host of CBS’ “The Late Show” has weathered a rocky first season, and Emmy noticed. Or, rather, looked the other way. There was no love for Stephen in the Variety-Talk category, which shut him out while welcoming CBS newcomer “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and even Crackle’s Jerry Seinfeld oddball interview show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Other than an Emmy for Margo Martindale for guest performance last year, “The Americans” has been snubbed by Emmy despite four seasons as one of TV’s best and most ambitious dramas. When it came to Emmy recognition, this FX series seemed to fly under the radar no less ably than did its lead characters, married Russian spies who pose as an ordinary American couple. But finally the Academy has stumbled across “The Americans” and its two splendid leads, handing a nomination to the series as well as to Matthew Rhys as best lead actor and Keri Russell as best lead actress (the first-ever nominations for both these veteran stars). In addition, Martindale got another nomination (her fourth for this guest role) while executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields got a best-writing nod.
A NEW BREED
Besides Rhys and Russell, this year’s crop of nominees includes more first-timers. They include Rami Malek, wowing viewers in “Mr. Robot;” Ellie Kemper, adorable as the title character of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” Martin Mull (for “Veep”), who at age 72 has been a TV mainstay for four decades; Jesse Plemons, who slayed the “Fargo” audience as its meat-shop nincompoop after winning fans on “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights”; and twice-Oscar-nominated John Travolta for “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
ONCE AND AGAIN
If there’s anything better than snagging an Emmy nomination for one show, it’s landing a second (or even a third) for yet another performance. This year’s double- or even triple-dippers include previous three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf in the lead comedy category for “Getting On,” as well as for her comedic guest work on “The Big Bang Theory” and for the drama “Horace and Pete.” Seven-time winner Allison Janney scored nominations for both “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” Sarah Paulson is up for wins for both “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Keegan-Michael Key has nods for “Key & Peele” and “Supermansion.” And Amy Schumer has nominations for “Inside Amy Schumer,” ”Saturday Night Live” and “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.”
Broadcast TV marked a lofty anniversary earlier this month — the airing of its first paid commercial 75 years before (for Bulova watches). Meanwhile, streaming video (which barely existed not so long ago) is booming. This year’s Emmy nominations tell the story of a swiftly changing video scene. Online platform nominations total 91, more than half the 171 total nominations for the six major broadcast networks (including PBS). And all by itself, the 54 nominations bagged by Netflix far exceeds any one of the legacy networks’ haul.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at [email protected] and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore