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2014 Emmy nominations announced today

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, the show’s star, was named in the lead actor category.

In the best comedy category, critic’s 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.”

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 the major categories is below:

Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Veep” (HBO)

Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“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”

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”

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Lizzie Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

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