They're back for more! Downton Abbey receives three major nominations for this year's 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
14:04 GMT, 19 July 2012
Downton Abbey already walked away with two Emmy Awards last year, but this year they could be walking away with more.
The hit period drama has found itself in three major categories of the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Not only is it up for Best Drama Series, but stars of the show Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville are up for Best Actress and Actor awards.
Set for more success: Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Drama Series in the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Will they win Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are up for Best Actor and Best Actress in the Drama Series category
Bonneville is nominated for his role as The Earl of Grantham, while Dockery has been recognised for playing Lady Mary Crawley.
Announcing the nominations today was TV host Jimmy Kimmel and star of Scandal Carrie Washington.
Unsurprisingly, Downton Abbey have got some strong competitors in all three categories.
Also up for Best Drama Series are hit shows Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.
The announcement of the nominations will no doubt come as very exciting news to the cast of the show which is returning with a third series.
So close: Elizabeth McGovern was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries last year but didn't win
Last year Downton Abbey took home six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special as well as Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Miniseries.
Maggie Smith also took home the award for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, while Elizabeth McGovern missed out on the Lead Actress Award.
Other awards that the show lost out on last year was Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Art Direction and and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing as well as the award for Sound Editing.
The show will no doubt be up for a lot of the same categories but it will be the three major nominations that they will be wishing to take home.
Writer Julian Fellowes has secured
U.S. actress Shirley MacLaine for series three, so American audiences
will certainly be looking forward to watching more.
Series one was well received in both the UK and the U.S. averaging more than six million viewers per episode.
Rivals: Maggie Smith, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress last year, will star alongside Shirley MacLaine (R) in series three
The drama is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, the Yorkshire country house of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants during the reign of King George V.
Series one spanned the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, which sets the story in motion.
Series two covered the years 1916 to 1919, and the 2011 Christmas Special covered the 1919 Christmas period, ending in early 1920.
Filming for series three began in February this year and is set to be broadcast from September.
It follows the characters during the Roaring Twenties and will open in 1920 and cover eighteen months.
Fellowes has stated that it will include a storyline involving Catholicism, while executive producer of the show Rebecca Eaton, stated in an interview that a couple will get married, a baby will be born, a well-known character will die, and that there are good scenes between Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith.
The big news: Jimmy Kimmel and Carrie Washington took to the stage to announce the nominations today
Having a laugh: The TV show host arrived in a pair of pyjamas and discovered that he is up for an award in the Best Variety Series category
THE 2012 EMMY AWARDS – FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS:
Game Of Thrones
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates – Harry's Law
Glenn Close – Damages
Claire Danes – Homeland
Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey
Steven Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall – Dexter
Damien Lewis – Homeland
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Outstanding Mini Series
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Lead Actress In A Mini Series Or Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story
Ashley Judd – Missing
Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore – Game Change
Emma Thompson – The Song Of Lunch
Lead Actor In A Mini Series Or Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Idris Elba – Luther
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Clive Owen – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton – Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Host of a Reality Show
Tom Bergeron – Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest – American Idol
Betty White – Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Best TV Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Best Variety Series
The Cold Bare Reaper
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Fallon
Real Time With Bill Marr
Saturday Night Live
Lead Actress In A Comedy
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Lead Actor In A Comedy
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Don Cheadle – House Of Lies
Louis C.K – Louie
Jon Cryer – Two And A Half Men
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
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