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2013 Emmy nominees

This year's contenders include "The Big Bang Theory," "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad" and many more as television celebrates a banner year.

"Breaking Bad" received its fourth nomination for best drama this year. The AMC hit about a chemistry teacher who turns into a meth cook (Bryan Cranston) to provide for his family has never won in this category despite critical acclaim. The show has 13 nominations overall. AMC
British period drama "Downton Abbey" is up for best drama again this year, as well as 11 other categories. It won outstanding miniseries in its first season, and was nominated for drama series in season two. PBS
"Game of Thrones, " the HBO drama based on George R. R. Martin's fantasy novels is up for 16 awards this year, including best drama, which it has contended for in each of its three seasons. It did not win in the previous two years, and once again faces stiff competition in this third try. HBO
The AMC drama "Mad Men," about Madison Avenue ad executives, is once again up for the best drama award. The show was nominated in 17 categories last year, but walked away with nothing. It has previously won four best drama trophies. AMC
"House of Cards," the Netflix series about power plays on Capitol Hill earned the streaming service its first nomination for outstanding drama series, ushering in a new era of recognition for streaming content. Netflix
Showtime drama "Homeland" had an impressive showing at the Emmys its freshman year in 2012, taking the trophies for drama series, best lead actor and actress and more. This year, it nabbed 11 nods, including best drama. Showtime
Bryan Cranston plays chemistry teacher turned ruthless druglord Walter White (aka Heisenberg) on the AMC hit "Breaking Bad." He is once again nominated for lead drama actor, a category he for the role three consecutive times, from 2008 to 2010. He was not nominated in 2011 (the show wasn't eligible for that year's awards due to when the season aired), and was beaten out by "Homeland's" Damian Lewis last year. AMC
Hugh Bonneville this year earned his second Emmy nomination for lead drama actor for his role of Robert Crawley on "Downton Abbey." He did not win last year. PBS via AP
"Homeland" star Damian Lewis received his second lead drama actor nomination for playing Nick Brody, a marine turned by al-Qaida. He won in this category in an upset over Bryan Cranston last year. Showtime
Kevin Spacey is nominated for lead drama actor for his portrayal of Rep. Francis Underwood on Netflix's freshman political drama "House of Cards." Melinda Sue Gordon / AP
Jon Hamm has now been nominated five times for lead drama actor for his role as Don Draper on "Mad Men." He has yet to win, and again has tough competition in the category. Michael Yarish / AP
Jeff Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy on HBO's "The Newsroom," picked up his first Emmy nomination for lead drama actor. Melissa Moseley / AP
Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer with bipolar disorder on "Homeland." Danes is up again for lead drama actress, a category she won last year. AP
Connie Britton is nominated for best drama actress for her portrayal of country singer Rayna James on "Nashville." Katherine Bomboy-thornton / AP
"Scandal" star Kerry Washington received her first Emmy nod -- lead drama actress -- for her portrayal of Olivia Pope on ABC's drama. ABC
Michelle Dockery is nominated for best lead actress for her work as Lady Mary on "Downton Mary." PBS
Vera Farmgia, shown with Freddie Highmore, picked up her first Emmy nomination, lead drama actress, for her role as Norma Bates in A&E's "Bates Motel." AP
Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy Olson on "Mad Men," earned yet another lead drama actress Emmy nod for the role. She is also up for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her portrayal of Robin on Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake." Michael Yarish / AP
Robin Wright, who plays political wife Claire Underwood in Netflix's "House of Cards," earned her first primetime Emmy nomination for lead drama actress. Netflix
Bobby Cannavale is up for a supporting drama actor for his role as Gyp Rosetti on "Boardwalk Empire." Macall B. Polay / AP
onathan Banks, who plays Mike on "Breaking Bad," is nominated for supporting drama actor. Ursula Coyote/amc
For his role as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," Aaron Paul received his fourth supporting drama actor nod. He won in 2010 and 2012. AMC
Jim Carter is nominated for supporting drama actor for his portrayal of Mr. Carson on "Downton Abbey." Joss Barratt
Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in HBO's "Game of Thrones," is nominated for supporting drama actor. HBO
Mandy Patinkin is nominated for his portrayal of Saul Berenson on "Homeland." Showtime
Anna Gunn plays meth dealer Walter White's wife, Skyler, on "Breaking Bad." She is nominated for supporting drama actress. Ursula Coyote
Dame Maggie Smith is nominated for supporting drama actress for her portrayal of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey." Nick Briggs / PBS
Emilia Clarke is nominated for supporting drama actress for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's "Game of Thrones." HBO
Christine Baranski, who plays Diane Lockhart on CBS's "The Good Wife," is nominated for supporting drama actress. CBS
Morena Baccarin plays Jessica Brody on Showtime's "Homeland," and is nominated for supporting drama actress. Showtime
Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Harris on "Mad Men," is nominated for supporting drama actress. AMC
"30 Rock" is no stranger to Emmy excitement. The sitcom received 13 nods this year, including best comedy, lead actor and actress, and more. Evan Agostini / AP
"The Big Bang Theory" is up for eight awards, including best comedy, lead actor, supportig actress and more. The popular sitcom has never won the best comedy trophy. Robert Voets
"Modern Family" is an Emmy powerhouse. This year, it has 12 nominations, and has won outstanding comedy series three times, a category it is once again contending in.
HBO's "Girls" is up for five awards this year, including best comedy.
HBO's "Veep" is also contending in five categories, including best comedy. Lacey_terrell
"Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons, who plays genius Sheldon Cooper, is once again in the running for lead comedy actor, a category he has won twice before for the role. Michael Yarish / CBS
Alec Baldwin, who stars as bumbling boss Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," is nominated for lead comedy actor. Art Streiber / Art Streiber/NBC
Louis CK is the creator, star, writer and director of the FX series "Louie." He is nominated for a total of nine awards, including lead comedy actor for his role as Louie on "Louie." Aby Baker / Getty Images Contributor
Jason Bateman returned to "Arrested Development" as the show came back via Netflix this year. He is nominated for lead comedy actor for his portrayal of Michael Bluth. Mike Yarish / AP
Don Cheadle was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for his role as Marty Kaan in Showtime's "House of Lies." Michael Desmond / AP
Matt LeBlanc is nominated for lead comedy actor in Showtime's "Episodes" for playing ... himself.
Lena Dunham is nominated for two Emmys this year: lead comedy actress and directing for a comedy series. Aby Baker / Getty Images Contributor
Tina Fey, star of "30 Rock," is nominated for five Emmys this year, including lead comedy actress. Nbc / Ali Goldstein/NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who stars as Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO's "Veep," is nominated for lead comedy actress. Lacey Terrell
Laura Dern is nominated for lead comedy actress for her portrayal of Amy on HBO's "Enlightened." Lacey Terrell
Edie Falco, who plays Jackie Peyton on "Nurse Jackie," is nominated for lead comedy actress. Phil Caruso/©Showtime
Amy Poehler, who stars as Leslie Knope on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," is nominated for lead comedy actress Dean Hendler / AP
Adam Driver earned his first nomination for supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Adam Sackler on "Girls."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (pictured with Eric Stonestreet, right) is nominated for supporting comedy actor for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on "Modern Family." Peter "Hopper" Stone / ABC via AP
Ed O'Neill is nominated for supporting comedy actor for his role as Jay Pritchett on "Modern Family." Adam Larkey / ABC
Ty Burrell is nominated for supporting comedy actor for his role as Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family." ABC
Bill Hader (in character as Stefon on "Saturday Night Live") is nominated in the supporting comedy actor category for his portrayal of various characters on "SNL." Dana Edelson / AP
Tony Hale is nominated for supporting comedy actor for his portrayal of Gary Walsh on HBO's "Veep." This is his first Emmy nod. Lacey Terrell
Mayim Bialik is nominated for supporting comedy actress for her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler on "Big Bang Theory." Michael Yarish
Jane Lynch is nominated for supporting comedy actress for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Fox's "Glee." Fox / Getty Images Contributor
Sofia Vergara, shown with Julie Bowen, is nominated for supporting comedy actress for her portrayal of Gloria Pritchett on "Modern Family." Peter "Hopper" Stone / AP
Julie Bowen is nominated for supporting comedy actress for her portrayal of Claire Dunphy on "Modern Family." Peter "Hopper" Stone / ABC
Merritt Wever, who plays Zoey on "Nurse Jackie," is nominated for supporting comedy actress.
Jane Krakowski is nominated for supporting comedy actress for her portrayal of Jenna Maroney on "30 Rock." Nbc / Ali Goldstein/NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky both star on HBO's "Veep," and each received a nomination for their roles this year: Louis-Dreyfus for lead comedy actress, Chlumsky for supporting comedy actress. Lacey Terrell
"The Amazing Race" is once again nominated for best reality competition, a category it has won every time between 2003 and 2012, except when "Top Chef" took the trophy in 2010. CBS
"Dancing With the Stars" is nominated for best reality competition. It has yet to win in this category. Adam Taylor / ABC
Fashion competition "Project Runway" is nominated for reality competition. AFP/Getty Images
"So You Think You Can Dance," which is nominated for reality competition, has 11 previous primetime Emmy wins, but has never won in this categories.
Bravo's cooking contest "Top Chef" is nominated for reality competition. It is the only show that has ever beaten "The Amazing Race" in this category. Bravo / Matthias Clamer/Bravo
"The Voice" is nominated for best reality competition. NBC