But the two basic cable shows won’t be facing each other in the competition for outstanding drama.
Because while you might have thought both were regular series, the FX show, taking advantage, perhaps, of its anthology format, is competing in the movies and miniseries category, up against HBO’s “Game Change,” the History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys,” HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” BBC America’s “Luther” and PBS’ “Masterpiece” presentation “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.”
Meanwhile, another “Masterpiece” entry, “Downton Abbey,” which last season competed — and won — as a miniseries, is in the running for outstanding drama for its second season, along with HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and Showtime’s “Homeland.” Last year’s award to “Downton,” whose second season had already been announced when it won the Emmy, had provoked some grumbling at HBO, which generally has a lot of its nominations riding on the movies and miniseries categories.
Also taking advantage of the apparently blurring line between series and miniseries: ABC’s “Missing,” whose star, Ashley Judd, was nominated in the mini-category, something that makes sense only because ABC canceled the show at the end of its first short season (though if someone had just thought to cut the final scene, which set up a cliff-hanger for a second season that never came, it would at least have played like a miniseries).
Maybe AMC, whose 34 nominations made it the most-nominated basic cable network for the fifth season in a row, should look into joining the category creep. As it is, three-time winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) is again up against Jon Hamm of “Mad Men.” They’re joined in the category outstanding lead actor in a drama by Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Damian Lewis (“Homeland”). Out in the cold: Hugh Laurie, of Fox’s now-finished “House,” who’s now never going to win an Emmy for that show.
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