Surprise: “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
It debuted earlier this year to industry buzz, but that fizzled fast during its first season. Very few people believed that the voters would remember this freshman show.
Surprise: Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)
“Derek” had no buzz, none, not one whisper. Gervais is hilarious in this role, but again no talk at all about him for a nom.
Snubs: Andy Samberg and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
First, it was a big surprise that freshman show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and its star Andy Samberg would rule at the Golden Globes. Now, it seemed a foregone conclusion both would be nominated for Emmys.
Snub: “Girls” (HBO)
Has Brooklyn lost its curb appeal to voters? Is “Silicon Valley” the hot new property for HBO?
Surprise: William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Macy was an outside possibility for a nom, but this was a field that most believed would include Andy Samberg and possibly Robin Williams.
Snub: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
She has been a frontrunner since the series debuted two seasons ago. Maslany, who plays several clone characters on the series, was again supposed to be in contention.
Snub: “The Good Wife” (CBS)
There were no broadcast network shows nominated in the drama series category, but this one should have been the one exception.
Surprise: Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon” (IFC)
Very few experts predicted that Wiig would break through with “Spoils,” especially as the show did so little to campaign itself or its stars for awards.
Snubs: Damian Lewis and “Homeland” (Showtime)
Although last season was a mixed bag, it was definitely eventful. Spoiler alert! Lewis played a main character and was killed last season. Isn’t that usually enough to get an Emmy nom?
Surprise: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Sure, she was a previous Emmy winner. But, that seemed like a fluke to TV viewers and based more off her burgeoning movie career. She was out last year and this return didn’t seem in the cards.
Snub: Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project” (Fox)
It just hurts to be chosen to read the nominations and not be nominated yourself. Ouch.
Surprise: “The White Queen” (Starz)
“The White Queen” is a deserving candidate, but it aired so long ago. Who knew if the voters would remember?
Snub: “American Idol” (Fox)
Despite a huge makeover, the series was still unable to take back its space from younger, prettier “The Voice.”
Snub: “Late Show With David Letterman
For the first time since 1983, David Letterman’s show didn’t get a single nomination. Although it hasn’t been nominated for the top variety-series award since 2010, the show always gets something.