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Emmys 2016: Surprise nominations

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The lack of Outlander love didn’t make the ongoing Droughtlander any easier, but there were some welcome surprises within this year’s Emmy crop. Here were some of the cooler nods this morning:

Nerd love. Thomas Middleditch earned his first nomination for HBO’s cult hit Silicon Valley.

Robot rule. Appreciation for USA Network’s Mr. Robot wasn’t entirely unexpected — the show earned a lot of buzz this past TV season — but it’s still nice when a freshman show gets invited to TV’s biggest party. The show earned a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series plus one for terrific star Rami Malek.

The Americans. In the past, the FX drama has only earned nominations for writing and guest actress (way to win it, Margo Martindale). This year, the show earned a spot at the best drama table, plus a deserving nod for Keri Russell.

Constance Zimmer. It seems kind of unreal that a Lifetime show made it into one of the top categories, but then it’s hard to overlook Zimmer’s great work in UnREAL.

Netflix domination. Lookee here! The streaming service has two shows in the comedy category: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None. Both shows also earned noms in the acting categories.

Maura Tierney. The last time this veteran actress earned an Emmy nomination was in 2001 for ER. Now she’s following her Golden Globe win earlier this year for The Affair with a spot in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category.

No Mozart in the Jungle in major categories. Thank God. I really didn’t want to binge on last year’s Emmy darling.

American Ninja Warrior! The summer hit appeared to bump So You Think You Can Dance in the Outstanding Reality Show category. I think we can credit Kacy Catanzaro.

Goodbye, Good Wife. The final season of the season didn’t get nominations in the outstanding drama category and for star Julianna Margulies, but creators Robert and Michelle King did get a nod for writing the finale, appropriately dubbed “End.”

Best dressed. Hey Outlander fans, we’ll always have the costumes! Congratulations to Terry Dresbach for her nomination in the swell togs category.

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