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There's 'Kimmy,' but where's 'Big Bang'? Biggest surprises in Emmy nominations

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations are out, and so are the reactions to the nominations!
/ Source: TODAY

It's that time again! The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, otherwise known as the body behind TV's biggest awards bash, has revealed its annual list of Primetime Emmy nominations.

That, of course, means it's time for another tradition — looking over the list of nods and reeling from the surprise inclusions and even more surprising omissions.

And trust us, 2015's Emmy roundup has no shortage from either category.

Who's laughing now?

One of the biggest surprises came in the Outstanding Comedy Series roundup, which saw a changing of the guard.

Kimmy Schmidt, Big Bang TheoryNetflix / CBS

Out was perennial sitcom favorite "The Big Bang Theory," and taking its place was the already-beloved comedy newcomer "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

'Friends' forever

The nominations saw a sweet shock for classic sitcom fans in the form of a "Friends" reunion of sorts.

Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.Getty images file

Matt LeBlanc (aka Joey) was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for delivering his laugh-getting lines on "Episodes," while former co-star Lisa Kudrow (aka Phoebe) nabbed the leading lady nom for her work on "The Comeback."

No laughing matter

While the comedy categories were also filled with plenty of expected names and presumed favorites (we're looking at you, Louis C.K.), there were also a couple of glaring absences.

Melissa McCarthy and Jim ParsonsAP, CBS

Where were "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons and "Mike & Molly's" Melissa McCarthy's names this year? Not here.

It's about time!

While there's no excusing leaving last year's winner Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") out of the running in the Outstanding Actress in a Drama group, there was a great addition in the category to smooth over that oversight.

Orphan Black and The Good WifeBBC America, CBS

After portraying almost a dozen characters over the course of three seasons of "Orphan Black," the always-convincing Tatiana Maslany finally got her due with a dramatic actress nomination.


James Spader may be a favorite among fans of "The Blacklist," but he wasn't a favorite among Academy voters this year.

Liev Schreiber and James SpaderGetty images files

But while Spader missed out on the nomination, Liev Schreiber's name made a surprise appearance and filled that Outstanding Actor in a Drama spot for his work in the title role of "Ray Donovan."

It's 'Anarchy'!

The Outstanding Drama Series list was certainly lacking a couple of expected and undoubtedly worthy contenders with no sign of "The Good Wife" (experiencing yet another snub this year) or the gritty "Sons of Anarchy" in the noms.

The Good Wife and Sons of AnarchyFX, CBS

But it's hard to blame the Emmy powers-that-be for that. The problem with TV dramas is that there are just too many good ones out there to give them all the recognition they deserve. From "Better Call Saul" to "House of Cards" to "Orange Is the New Black" and more, there's not a bad one in the Emmy mix.

Take a look at all the nominees for yourself.

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