The Emmy nominations are in, and the big "winner" in genre programming is American Horror Story. Controversy swirls around AHS's nominations as it was submitted as a mini-series or movie, not a standard drama series. Creator Ryan Murphy asked special permission from the nominating committee to submit the series as a mini-series, reasoning that since it is a new cast of characters every season, it should be considered a mini-series. As far as I'm concerned, it is a load of crap, designed to scoop up more nods in a far less competitive category. (The only load of crap bigger is Ashley Judd's Lead Actress in a Mini-Series she got for Missing, ABC's failed series that only aired something like four episodes due to low ratings and horrible reviews.)
So what did AHS get nominated for? Well, everything, practically. They tied Mad Men as the most nominated show, with 17 apiece. Connie Britton picked up a Best Actress nod, with Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange (it's hers to lose) getting nominated for Supporting Actress roles. Denis O'Hare received a Supporting Actor nomination. It is interesting to note that, among all the acting nominations, Dylan McDermott was snubbed (not that he really deserved a nomination anyway). American Horror Story also picked up a nomination for Best Mini-Series or Movie - yet was totally snubbed for writing and directing. Maybe the committee was too overwhelmed by a 12-episode "mini-series" to pick a couple segments.
Aside from the major categories, American Horror Story picked up nods for costume design, makeup (both prosthetic and non-prosthetic), editing, art direction, casting, main title design, stunt coordination, sound mixing, and sound editing.
The rest of television's genre programming got nods here and there. Dexter got a single nod, for Michael C. Hall. There has been some shock that it didn't get a series nomination, but frankly, last season wasn't very good. The show doesn't deserve an overall nomination.
The rest of the genre-nods were found in Creative Arts categories: The Walking Dead picked up three for makeup and special effects; The River for sound editing in a mini-series (now that is a show that deserves the mini-series moniker); Grimm for stunt coordination; and Falling Skies for visual effects.
True Blood did not get a single nomination - not even for makeup. Probably because last season didn't have enough killing to get a makeup nomination. (Sorry - the more time that goes by, the more angry I am at how horrible season four was.)
The Emmys broadcast airs September 23rd.