Emmys shake up late-night: No nods for Trevor Noah's "Daily Show" or "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" moves to the big time; drama category not kind to "OITNB"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 14, 2016 9:25PM (UTC)
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Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah (AP/Evan Agostini)

The Emmy nominations were announced this afternoon, and while there were some long overdue nominations for both Tatiana Maslany's masterful work on "Orphan Black" and for FX's critical darling "The Americans," there was surprisingly little in the way of drama when it came to who did and did not make the cut — although admittedly it was a little shocking that both "The Daily Show" and the works of some of its illustrious alums were shut out.

For the first time in more than five years, "The Daily Show" itself wasn't nominated — but neither was Stephen Colbert for his work replacing David Letterman on "The Late Show" or "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," and even more surprisingly, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" failed to score a nomination. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" was, however, nominated for "Outstanding Variety Talk Series," as was Jerry Seinfeld's web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which will compete against the full-length late-night shows after previously being honored in short-form categories.


Other surprises included no nominations for "The Good Wife" or its stars, Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, and Christine Baranski, in its final season, as well as the exclusion of "Orange Is the New Black" from its new drama category and fan favorite Uzo Aduba.

HBO held onto its belt as the most nominated network, with its flagship series "Game of Thrones" repeating as the most nominated series. FX vaulted from fourth to second among networks, largely on the recognition of the sustained excellence of "The Americans," while Netflix received 54 nominations despite the poor showing from "Orange Is the New Black."

Below is a complete list of all the 2016 Emmy nominees:


Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Americans (FX)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Veep (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On (HBO)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited Series

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Fargo (FX)
American Crime (ABC)
Roots (History)
The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Television Movie


All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Luther (BBC One)
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (HBO)
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Top Chef (Bravo)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)
Matt Walsh, Veep (HBO)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Louis Anderson, Baskets (FX)
Keegan-Michael Key, Key and Peele (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
Niecy Nash, Getting On (HBO)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)
Gaby Hoffman, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Larry David, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)
Martin Mull, Veep (HBO)
Peter MacNicol, Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Laurie Metcalfe, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Melora Hardin, Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Maura Tierney, The Affair (Showtime)
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL (Lifetime)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (CBS)
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Paul Sparks, House of Cards (Netflix)
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards (Netflix)
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete (LouisCK.net)
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards (Netflix)
Molly Parker, House of Cards (Netflix)
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife (CBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (AMC)
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Jesse Plemons, Fargo (FX)
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo (HBO)
David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Jean Smart, Fargo (HBO)
Regina King, American Crime (ABC)
Melissa Leo, All the Way (HBO)
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (AMC)
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)

Outstanding Reality Host

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots (NBC)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Shark Tank (ABC)
Undercover Boss (CBS)
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Born This Way (A&E)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
Project Greenlight (HBO)
Intervention (A&E)
United Shades of America (CNN)
Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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