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'Orange is the New Black,' 'True Detective' lead off Emmy nominations

The nominations for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were presented Thursday morning by TODAY's Carson Daly and "The Mindy Project's" creator and star Mindy Kaling, and there was room for all comers: Fresh new series ("True Detective"), shows that had closed up shop ("Breaking Bad"), and red-hot buzzworthy titles alike ("Orange is the New Black") all got noticed. 

Here's a list of some of the biggest categories, and the names to watch out for:


Outstanding Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey" 
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"True Detective"


Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"


Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, "Masters of Sex"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"


Outstanding Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Modern Family"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"

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 Reality Show Competition
The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding TV miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
"The White Queen”

Outstanding TV movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

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The Emmy Awards will air on NBC Aug. 25 from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, with "Late Night" host and comedian Seth Meyers hosting.