Emmy nominations mean more prestige for Maryland-made 'House of Cards'

Emmy nominations: more good news for 'House of Cards.'

It's another big year in Emmy nominations for Maryland-made "House of Cards" and "Veep." Once again, both series came up big yesterday in the most prestigious categories announced.

With "Veep" leaving for Los Angeles, this is kind of bittersweet news. But still, it says something about the quality of the TV made here.

"House of Cards," which is back in town filming Season 4, was again nominated for best drama, with Kevin Spacey named in the best actor in a drama category, and Robin Wright up for best actress in a very tough field steeped in great performers.

Wright will be facing off against Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”).

It is nice to see Maslany and Henson make the cut. I am especially pleased about Henson, because "Empire," TV’s hit of all hits this year, did not get a nomination as best drama – and it should have.

In addition to Spacey and Wright, other "House of Cards" performers nominated include: Michael Kelly (best supporting actor) and Reg. E. Cathey and Rachel Brosnahan as outstanding guest actor and actress in a drama series.

Netflix has spent a bundle making this political drama, but it was money well spent. It put the streaming service at the top of the heap in prestige with Spacey, Wright and the series itself posting up big year after year in all the major award show nominations.

If you’re looking for trends in today’s nominations, by the way, a good place to start is the success of streaming TV with "House of Cards" and Amazon's brilliant "Transparent," which  broke through at last year’s Golden Globes, picking up an Emmy nomination as best comedy.

Meanwhile, star Jeffrey Tambor, who won a Golden Globe last year, was also nominated as best comedy actor for his depiction of a retired professor on a trangender journey.

One of the shows that "Transparent" will be up against is HBO’s "Veep," which again was nominated as best comedy.

HBO led all channels with 126 nominations. "Game of Thrones" led all shows with 24.

And it wouldn’t be an Emmy Awards show without the perennial Julia Louis-Dreyfus contending as best comedy actress. No comedy performer has won more Emmys.

Maybe, though, this is the year Louis-Dreyfus is eclipsed by a new generation. One of the actresses she will be competing against is Towson University graduate Amy Schumer.

Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale were also nominated as best supporting comedy actress and actor. One of the actresses Chlumsky will be competing with is Baltimore native Julie Bowen, of "Modern Family."

I am still angry about "Veep" leaving town, and I have to be honest, its success today doesn't make me feel any better about the move.

Under creator and show runner Armando Iannucci, it was the most daring and wisest political satire the medium has ever produced.

I wish a better effort had been made to keep it in Maryland. But now that it's gone, I wish state officials and/or HBO would be more transparent about why it left.

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