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'Game Of Thrones' Leads 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS/AP) — The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced early Thursday morning.

The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

The meth kingpin drama "Breaking Bad" was next in line with 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, "Fargo," with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven," with 17. The AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

Mindy Kaling ("The Mindy Project") and Carson Daly ("The Voice") announced the nominees Thursday from the Television Academy's headquarters in North Hollywood, Calif. The awards themselves will be handed out Monday, Aug. 25, in a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers airing live on NBC.

2014 Emmy Nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series: "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) "Louie" (FX) "Modern Family" (ABC) "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix) "Silicon Valley" (AMC) "Veep" (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series: "Breaking Bad" (AMC) "Downton Abbey" (PBS) "Game of Thrones" (HBO) "House of Cards" (Netflix) "Mad Men" (AMC) "True Detective" (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., "Louie" Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" Ricky Gervais, "Derick" Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes" William H. Macy, "Shameless" Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, "Girls" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly" Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation" Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Fred Armisen, "Portlandia" Andre Braugher, "Brookyln Nine-Nine" Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" Adam Driver, "Girls" Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" Tony Hale, "Veep"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" Anna Chlumsky, "Veep" Allison Janney, "Mom" Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live" Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Woody Harrelson, "True Detective" Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective" Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex" Claire Danes, "Homeland" Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey" Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Kerry Washington, "Scandal" Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey" Josh Charles, "The Good Wife" Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland" Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey" Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones" Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

Outstanding Miniseries: "American Horror Story: Coven" (FX) "Fargo" (FX) "Luther" (BBC America) "Treme" (HBO) "The White Queen" (Starz)

Outstanding TV Movie: "Killing Kennedy" (National Geographic Channel) "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO) "Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)" (PBS) "The Normal Heart" (HBO) "The Trip to Bountiful" (HBO)

Outstanding Reality-Competitions Program “The Amazing Race” “Dancing With The Stars” “Project Runway” “So You Think You Can Dance” “Top Chef” "The Voice"

Outstanding Variety Series “The Colbert Report” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” “Real Time with Bill Maher” “Saturday Night Live” “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Seth Meyers.

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