The Emmys Continue to Sort of Appreciate Good Comedy and Also ‘The Big Bang Theory’

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The nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards have been announced, and as usual, it’s a mix of quality nominees with some real groaners – yes, Ricky Gervais was nominated for playing a mentally disabled guy in Derek. But there are also some great surprises, like SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen getting nominations. Also nominated are folks like Louis CK, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Dunham, Adam Driver, and Tony Hale. The Outstanding Comedy category has some surprises: Silicon Valley and Orange is the New Black were nominated, but Parks and Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Emmy favorite Girls were not.

The awards ceremony will take place on August 25th. Here’s the full list of comedy-related nominations:

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

The Big Bang Theory

Louie

Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Veep

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Louis CK, Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H Macy, Shameless

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Fred Armisen, Portlandia

Tony Hale, Veep

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Joan Cusack, Shameless

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Steve Buscemi, Portlandia

immy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Gary Cole, Veep

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY

Louie

Episodes

Veep

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM

Archer

Bob’s Burgers

Futurama

South Park

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele

Portlandia

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon