The only thing that gives us the warm fuzzies more than settling in for an evening with a much-loved TV series? Seeing that series—and its actors—get credit for their achievements with a nod from the Emmy Awards. It's like validation from a higher power that yes, we do, indeed, have excellent taste in television. And with the nominations for this year's Emmys announced this morning, there's a whole lot to be feeling proud about! Check out this rundown of our most-loved nominees:
"Downton Abbey": Looks like we're not the only ones to spend every Sunday night fully ensconced in the Edwardian awesomeness of this upstairs-downstairs drama on PBS. Downton raked in the nominations this year, including Outstanding Drama Series—and favorites Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggat (Anna) and Brendan Coyle (the illustrious Mr. Bates) all earned nods for their acting.
"Girls": Lena Dunham is a triple threat this year with nominations for acting, writing, and directing on her hit HBO show, not to mention the great big nod to the show on a whole for Outstanding Comedy Series.
"New Girl": Zooey Deschanel's turn as Jess Day has her in the running for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. And Schmidt better dust off his driving moccasins because alter ego Max Greenfield is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
"Homeland": Claire Danes already took home a Golden Globe for her incredible performance as a bipolar intelligence agent on this bite-your-nails-down-to-bloody-stubs tension-fest of a show, so it's no surprise that she's up for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys.
"Sherlock": The modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes is up for Outstanding Miniseries, and its leading men both earned nods for Actor and Supporting Actor. And if we weren't already planning to tune in for the Emmys, the prospect of seeing Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch taking their bromance to the red carpet would make up our minds right quick.
Click on over to Emmys.com for the entire list!
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs September 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
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