Oh yes! It’s time for another showdown over the best TV series as the annual Primetime Emmy Awards is back.

You know the one – the awards that seek out your favourite shows and give them accolades for being awesome.

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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on 25th August this year! This is the 3rd time the award show has pushed their show dates earlier due to NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night NFL Football beginning in September.

Widely known for being the longest serving anchor on the iconic SNL segment “Weekend Update”, the late night talk star Seth Meyers will be taking over the hosting duty for the Emmys.

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Mindy Kaling (left) & Carson Daly (right)

The nomination list was announced by actress-comedian Minky Kaling and TV personality Carson Daly via live webcast at Emmys.com. The academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum also joined them for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement ceremony at Television Academy’s headquaters in North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District.

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HBO hit fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones” emerged as the most nominated show for the Emmys as it led the award with a whopping total of 19 nominations. FX’s new mini series Fargo was nominated for 18 awards as well while “American Horror Story: Coven” received 17 nominations for the award show.

It’s going to be difficult to predict who’s going to win the award as some of the underrated yet good TV shows were not nominated. And yes, we know how you’ve been trying to recommend these awesome TV shows to your friends and family so that you can appreciate the TV show together.

With that in mind, who do you think deserves the award recognition and which TV shows should win at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards? Check out the list of nominees here:

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 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 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 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 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 Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
  • Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
  • Gary Cole, “Veep”
  • Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
  • Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • “Episodes”: “Episode 305” (David Crane)
  • “Louise”: “So Did The Fat Lady” (Louis C.K.)
  • “Orange Is the New Black”: “I Wasn’t Ready” (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
  • “Silicon Valley”: “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency” (Alec Berg)
  • “Veep”: “Special Relationship” (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • “Episodes”: “Episode 309” (Iain B. MacDonald)
  • “Glee”: “100” (Paris Barclay)
  • “Louis”: “Elevator, Part 6” (Louis C.K.)
  • “Modern Family”: “Vegas” (Gail Mancuso)
  • “Orange Is the New Black”: “Lesbian Request Denied” (Jodie Foster)
  • “Silicon Valley”: “Minimum Viable Product” (Mike Judge)

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 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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
  • Kevin Spacey, “House Of Cards”
  • Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
  • Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
  • Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
  • Matthew McConaughey “True Detective”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
  • Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
  • Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
  • Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
  • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
  • Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
  • Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
  • Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
  • Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
  • Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
  • Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
  • Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Kate Burton, “Scandal”
  • Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
  • Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
  • Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
  • Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
  • Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • “Breaking Bad”: “Ozymandias” (Moira Walley-Beckett)
  • “Breaking Bad”: “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
  • “Game of Thrones”: “The Children” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
  • “House of Cards”: “Chapter 14” (Beau Willimon)
  • “True Detective”: “The Secret Fate of All Life” (Nic Pizzolatto)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire”: “Farewell Daddy Blues” (Tim Van Patten)
  • “Breaking Bad”: “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
  • “Downton Abbey”: “Episode 1” (David Evans)
  • “Game Of Thrones”: “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marshall)
  • “House Of Cards”: “Chapter 14” (Carl Franklin)
  • “True Detective”: “Who Goes There” (Cary Joji Fukunaga)

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

  • “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
  • “Fargo” (FX)
  • “Luther” (BBC America)
  • “Treme” (HBO)
  • “The White Queen” (Starz)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
  • Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
  • Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
  • Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
  • Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
  • Idris Elba, “Luther”

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

  • “American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft” (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk)
  • “Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (Noah Hawley)
  • “Luther” (Neil Cross)
  • “The Normal Heart” (Larry Kramer)
  • “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Steven Moffat)
  • “Treme” — “…To Miss New Orleans” (Eric Overmyer and David Simon)

For the complete list of nominees, head over to the TV Academy’s website here.

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