Game Of Thrones nominated for 19 Emmys

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The fantasy saga Game Of Thrones – which is filmed in Northern Ireland – has emerged as the show with the most Emmy nominations with 19 nods, including best drama series.

The drugs drama Breaking Bad has 16 nominations for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious mini-series – Fargo garnered 18 nominations and American Horror Story: Coven has 17.

The Aids drama The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

In the competitive best-drama series category, Game Of Thrones will compete with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House Of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective.

Netflix’s House Of Cards, which made a breakthrough last year as the first online series nominated for a major award, has the chance again to grab Emmy gold.

Orange Is The New Black, also from Netflix, earned a nomination for best comedy series and a nod for star Taylor Schilling.

Also competing for best comedy honours are The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Silicon Valley, Veep and Modern Family.