When television series take their breaks off, a sure summertime slowness ensues.  Kiss that  sadness without your favorite series goodbye because a new dawn always rises. The 2014 Emmy nominations are in, and leading up to the award ceremony on August 25, our MUIPR writers can sleep easy with visions of the Underwoods diabolically dancing in our heads.


Along with Netflix favorites such as “House of Cards,” the top series highlighted during the nominations ceremony include trusted favorites and new classics. “Orange Is The New Black,” “True Detective,” “Breaking Bad,” “Scandal,” “Downton Abbey,” all received multiple mentions, but the true leader of the pack remains “Game of Thrones,” which scored 19 nominations, more than any other series in the race. Guess this MUIPR writer officially lost her chance of jumping on that bandwagon. For those readers and fans of the hit series — are the 19 nods deserved?


Perhaps the greatest compliment of this Emmy Awards goes instead to an individual actor’s preparations. Matthew McConaughey, who received an Oscar earlier this year, will also now join a slight list of actors to win both Oscars and Emmy nods in the same year. His nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series pits him against fellow co-star on “True Detective,” Woody Harrelson. If McConaughey wins the nomination, his already record-breaking year will add even more oomph to the star’s power. “Alright, alright, alright” is right.


On the women’s side, Claire Danes received another nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for “Homeland.” With Brody’s inhumane departure from the show, fans anticipate a new season with trepidation but that doesn’t mean Danes can’t take home another win. The question is if she can beat out crowd favorite Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in “Scandal.” The new mom glows with a well-deserved nomination but the awards track record will tell how the series really ranks in the eyes of viewers.


Will you be tuning into the big show on August 25th? Do you think “Game Of Thrones” will steal every award? Who do you want to see win big? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro