Fox Fails to Land Noms in Major Emmys Categories
Fox TV stars Kevin Bacon and Mindy Kaling
No, this is not the house that "House" helped build.
Fox was absent from most of the glamour categories as nominations were announced Thursday for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The network, which led the charge on TV convention in the 1980s, and scored big wins in the 2000s with "24" and "Arrested Development," saw its mojo depleted, if not usurped by Netflix, which planted its flag for online streaming with 14 nominations, including a history-making nine for "House of Cards."
Fox, meanwhile, made do with 19 overall nods, the least among its broadcast brethren, including PBS. The number was a step down from last year's 26 nominations, and a long way from the 51 the network scored as recently as 2010.
Freshman buzz shows "The Following" and "The Mindy Project" failed to break through; sophomore comedy "New Girl" slumped; and, "Glee," which led Fox's 2010 drive with 19 nominations, continued to cool off.
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This was the second straight year Fox, which once walked the red carpet with the likes of "House," "Ally McBeal" and "The X-Files" in addition to "24" and "Arrested Development," failed to land a series in either the Outstanding Drama or Comedy series category. "Glee" veterans Jane Lynch and Dot-Marie Jones were the network's only stars to land acting nods; "Glee" was, in fact, the only live-action Fox scripted series to rate any nominations at all--it earned four.
Perhaps most painful: "Arrested Development" was back in the game with three Emmy nominations, but it was back in the game for Netflix, which revived the comedy, and not Fox, which canceled it 2006.
Fox's fall from Emmy's good graces coincides with a ratings slide. In the 2012-2013 TV year, the network suffered a number of bombs, from "Mob Doctor" to "Touch," watched "Glee" go through growing pains as the series moved core characters to college, and saw the "American Idol" machine slow down. For the first time in years, CBS, not Fox, captured the season's 18-49 demographic crown.
Fox had its best Emmy luck in the reality categories. "So You Think You Can Dance" notched seven nods, including ones for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Cat Deeley. "Idol's" Ryan Seacrest likewise earned a hosting nomination.
The network's hopes for an Emmy turnaround next year likely depend on whether Kevin Bacon can turn Emmy talk into an Emmy nomination for "The Following," and whether "New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel or "The Mindy Project's" Mindy Kaling can make the most of Tina Fey's "30 Rock" retirement.