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Vampires, wizards, zombies and more among Emmy nominees

In Television, True Blood, vox populi, Wizards/Witches/Pagans on 16 July, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The 2011 Emmy nominations are out and for the eleventh year in a row, HBO® has received the most, but not the only, nominations. The nominating committee may not have snubbed HBO this year, but nominees with a preternatural twist seem fewer than in recent years. They include:

Game of Thrones

HBO’s newest hit show, Game of Thrones is based off author George R. R. Martin’s  ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series. Premiering with a respectable 2.2 million viewers, the show only continued to gain viewers from week to week. According to HBO, the show grossed an average of 8.3 million viewers weekly. From dragons, witches and things beyond the wall, fans excitedly await for the 2012 debut of Season Two. Garnishing 13 Emmy Nominations, Game of Thrones leads the pack among the preternatural shows that were nominated.

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage as “Tyrion Lannister”
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
  • Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – “Winter is Coming” (Pilot)
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • Outstanding Visual Special Effects for a Series
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
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HBO’s hit preternatural favorite features vampires, shape-shifter, fairies and witches. Oh, there a a few human added to the mix as well. Although popular with fans, True Blood garnered only 4 Emmy Nominations this year.

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Alfre Woodard as “Ruby Jean Reynolds”
  • Outstanding Art Direction from a Single-Camera Series – “Beautifully Broken”, “It Hurts Me Too” and “Trouble”
  • Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) – “9 Crimes”
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series – “Hitting the Ground”
This stop motion animation series from Adult Swim, debuted in 2005. In 2011, it was nominated for three Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – Seth Green as “Robot Chicken Nerd, Batman, Venger, Cobra Commander, Teenager, Judge, Newscaster, Light Cycle Driver”
  • Outstanding Animated Program – Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
  • Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program
The Walking DeadAlso picking up three Emmy Nominations is The Walking Dead,  AMC’s epic zombie series.
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • Outstanding Visual Special Effects for a Series
One on the longest running series among this year’s Emmy Nominees, is the animated sci-fi comedy Futurama which airs on Comedy Central. The series, created by Matt Groening (Simpsons) and developed by Groening and David X, originally aired on Fox from 1999 until 2003 before moving to Adult Swim then Comedy Central. Futurama has been nominated for two Emmy Awards.
  • Outstanding Voice-Over Performance – Maurice LaMarche as “Lrrr & Orson Welles”
  • Outstanding Animated Program
The Wizards of Waverly Place has been charming Disney TV audience since 2007 and we still don’t know which magically gifted sibling is going to become sole custodian of all the family magic. Wizards of Waverly Place has been nominated for two Emmy Awards.
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
  • Outstanding Children’s Program
Starz brings the Arthurian legend alive in the new series Camelot, has been nominated for the Emmy in Outstanding Main Title Design. Though the tales and characters are familiar this new imagining of Camelot offers both a more historical feel and a different perspective on magic than it’s predecessors.
Fox’s sci-fi ode to conspiracy theories and government cover-ups, Fringe, has been nominated for the Emmy in Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. Fringe, created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci,  premiered in 2008.
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