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    2014 Emmy nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective’ among the honored

    Bryan Cranston (left) was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Aaron Paul was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series for his role as Jesse Pinkman.
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    Bryan Cranston (left) was nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Aaron Paul was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series for his role as Jesse Pinkman.

    Nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, with perennial favorites like AMC’s “Mad Men” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” joining newcomers like that network’s “True Detective” among the dramas selected as television’s best.

    “Breaking Bad” on AMC, which won the Emmy for best drama last year, was recognized for its acclaimed final season. Several of the show’s stars, including Bryan Cranston, was named in the lead actor category.

    In the best comedy category, critics’ favorites like the cable sitcoms “Veep” and “Louie” were nominated alongside more popular network hits like “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and ABC’s “Modern Family,” which has won the Emmy in each of the last four years. They were joined by two new shows: “Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix and HBOs “Silicon Valley.”

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    The Emmys, scheduled to take place Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, will be telecast on NBC. Seth Meyers, host of a late-night talk show on that network, will emcee the ceremony.

    A list of nominees in major categories

    Best Comedy Series

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    “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

    “Louie” (FX)

    “Modern Family” (ABC)

    “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

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    “Silicon Valley” (HBO)

    “Veep” (HBO)

    Best Drama Series

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

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    “House of Cards” (Netflix)

    “Mad Men” (AMC)

    “True Detective” (HBO)

    Best Actor in a Comedy Series

    Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

    Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)

    Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

    Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

    Ricky Gervais, “Ricky” (Netflix)

    William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

    Best Actress in a Comedy Series

    Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)

    Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

    Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

    Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)

    Best Actor in a Drama Series

    Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

    Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

    Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

    Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

    Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

    Best Actress in a Drama Series

    Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

    Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

    Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

    Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

    Lizzie Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

    Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

    Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO) Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

    Mandy Patinkon, “Homeland” (Showtime)

    Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

    Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)

    Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

    Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

    Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

    Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

    Jim Parsons, ‘‘The Big Bang Theory’’ (CBS)

    Ricky Gervais, ‘‘Derek’’ (Netflix)

    Matt LeBlanc, ‘‘Episodes” (Showtim)

    Don Cheadle, ‘‘House of Lies’’ (Showtime)

    Louis C.K., ‘‘Louie’’ (FX Networks)

    William H. Macy, ‘‘Shameless’’ (Showtime)

    Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

    Lena Dunham, ‘‘Girls’’ HBO

    Melissa McCarthy, ‘‘Mike & Molly’’ (CBS)

    Edie Falco, ‘‘Nurse Jackie’’ (Showtime)

    Taylor Schilling, ‘‘Orange Is the New Black’’ (Netflix)

    Amy Poehler, ‘‘Parks and Recreation’’ (NBC)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘‘Veep’’ (HBO)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    Andre Braugher, ‘‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’’ (Fox)

    Adam Driver, ‘‘Girls’’ (HBO)

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ‘‘Modern Family’’ (ABC)

    Ty Burrell, ‘‘Modern Family” (ABC)

    Fred Armisen, ‘‘Portlandia’’ (IFC)

    Tony Hale, ‘‘Veep’’ (HBO)

    Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Mayim Bialik, ‘‘The Big Bang Theory’’ (CBS)

    Julie Bowen, ‘‘Modern Family’’ (ABC)

    Allison Janney, ‘‘Mom’’ (CBS)

    Kate Mulgrew, ‘‘Orange Is the New Black’’ (Netflix)

    Kate McKinnon, ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ (NBC)

    Anna Chlumsky, ‘‘Veep’’ (HBO)

    Complete list of nominees

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