The Oscars of T.V. are still a way away, taking placed August 25 in LA, but Emmy buzz is already sky-high, with nominations announced this morning by The Mindy Project heroine Mindy Kaling and The Voice host Carson Daly. Before you start bemoaning the WTF snubs (no Emmy Rossum for Shameless? Nothing for Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany? What are you smoking, Academy of Television?!) and happy surprises (big ups to Martin Freeman, who scored double nominations for Fargo and Sherlock), we’ve got to point out that there’s an awful lot of lovin’ bestowed on New York in this year’s nominee lineup:
Saturday Night Live: Two words: Kate McKinnon. SNL’s breakout star deservedly nabbed a nomination for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Elsewhere, the sketch classic was nominated for Outstanding Variety Series, a slew of guests (Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey) were nominated for their respective hosting stints, and the rip-roaring “Home for the Holidays (Twin Bed)” got a surprise nom for Best Original Song.
Orange is the New Black: Centered on uppity NYC soapmaker turned hillbilly-stabbing convict Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the prison dramedy scored a Lead Actress nod for Schilling, Supporting Actress Kate Mulgrew and a spot for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as a slew of Guest Actress noms: Natasha Lyonne, Uzo "Crazy Eyes" Aduba and a history-making Laverne Cox (the first transgender person to be nominated).
The Normal Heart: The HBO mini-series—centered on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York during the early ‘80s—dominated the Supporting Actor for a Miniseries or Movie category, with Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Joe Mantello all nominated. Julia Roberts is a contender for Supporting Actress, Mark Ruffalo’s up for Lead Actor and the film is in the mix for Outstanding Television Movie.
Louie: Louis C.K.’s FX dark comedy—set in New York City and frequently spotlighting real-life city staples like Russ & Daughters, Caroline’s on Broadway and the Staten Island Ferry—scored yet another Outstanding Comedy Series nomination, as well as Lead Actor props for C.K. himself (C.K. also got recognized for his hosting stint on SNL—remember that make-out scene? We can’t forget).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Though the Andy Samberg-led cop comedy—which took top Comedy Series honors earlier this year at the Golden Globes—was nearly shut out in this year’s race, it did manage one nomination for Andre Braugher’s supporting work.
Girls: Lena Dunham’s polarizing HBO hit nabbed the writer-director-actress yet another Lead Actress nomination, as well as Outstanding Comedy Series recognition, but we’re tickled pink that Adam Driver bicycle-kicked his way back into Comedy’s Supporting Actor category.
Mad Men: The Madison Avenue ladies and gents are back for their final hurrah, with Lead Actor Jon Hamm and Supporting Actress Christina Hendricks singled out for their performances in the first half of the show’s last season. The series will also go up against heavyweights like Breaking Bad, True Detective and Game of Thrones (leading the pack with 19 nominations) for Outstanding Drama Series.
See the full list of nominees here.