‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

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This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones” emerged as the leader in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announced on Thursday. It earned 19 bids, including best drama series.

See photos of the nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale “Breaking Bad” got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, on NBC, with host Seth Meyers, the former “Saturday Night Live” player and new NBC late-night host. The ceremony, traditionally held on Sunday, was moved to avoid a conflict with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and with MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Report compiled with information from The Associated Press.