Sunday night's Emmy Awards ceremony was a night of celebration with huge wins for some of the best TV shows on the air, but not everyone is celebrating.
It's an honor just to be nominated, right? That's what many of this year's Emmy nominated TV shows and their various actors, directors and writers have to be telling themselves after losing big on Sunday. While shows like Game of Thrones, Veep and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story were heavily rewarded, other shows couldn't nab a single win.
Here's a list of the five biggest Emmy losers from the 2016 primetime telecast:
-House of Cards (Netflix)
House of Cards has received boatloads of Emmy nominations since its first season, and this year it received a whopping eight acting nominations, including the fourth consecutive for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. While Netflix could boast that season 4 received 13 nominations in total, they can't be bragging now. The political drama received zero wins this year, even at the Creative Arts Emmys, signaling that while the TV Academy likes the show, they don't love it.
-Silicon Valley (HBO)
The Emmys definitely love Game of Thrones and Veep, but no such love could be shown to the show sandwiched in between them on Sundays, Silicon Valley. The series received two nominations for both directing and writing and even got Thomas Middleditch into Comedy Lead Actor this year, but Emmy voters chose to go in other directions. Like House of Cards, Silicon Valley received zero wins this year, from 11 nominations.
Season 2 of Fargo received a whopping 18 Emmy nominations, including nominations for four actors, directing, writing and more. While the miniseries walked away with two trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys last week, it lost everything it was nominated for at the primetime telecast, usually to its fellow FX miniseries, The People v. O. J. Simpson.
-Better Call Saul (AMC)
Nobody ever said following in the shadow of Breaking Bad was easy. Better Call Saul, a spinoff of the popular Emmy magnet Breaking Bad, lost all seven awards it was nominated for this year. Ironically, it suffered the exact same fate last year, losing all seven awards for season 1 as well. Perhaps the third time's the charm heading into next year?
-The Americans (FX)
The Americans had a major breakthrough year at the Emmys in 2016, receiving its first nominations for Drama Series and stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for Drama Lead Actress and Actor, respectively. The show also received its second consecutive writing nomination. However, any hope of the show translating that good buzz to wins was gone when it lost everything on Sunday. Of course, guest star Margo Martindale did pick up her second consecutive win last week at the Creative Arts Emmys, so at least there's a small consolation prize.