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'Orange Is The New Black' Snags 6 Emmy Nominations

The ladies of Litchfield are getting rewarded for their bad behavior. Netflix's hit prison show Orange Is The New Black has snagged six Emmy nominations, dominating this year's TV categories. OITNB received a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress (Taylor Schilling), Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series (Kate Mulgrew), and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Abuda). Other honors include Director for a comedy series (Jodie Foster), and Writing for a comedy series (Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan).

Check out the rest of the categories below and cuff yourself to the the 66th annual Emmy Awards on August 25 at 8pm on NBC.

Drama series
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"House of Cards" (Netflix)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"True Detective" (HBO)

Comedy series
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"Louie" (FX)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
"Silicon Valley" (HBO)
"Veep" (HBO)

TV Movie
"Killing Kennedy" (National Geographic)
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO)
"The Normal Heart" (HBO)
"Sherlock: His Last Vow" (BBC America)
"The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime)

Actor in a drama
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")
Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Woody Harrelson ("True Detective")
Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective")
Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards")

Actress in a drama
Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex")
Claire Danes ("Homeland")
Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey")
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife")
Kerry Washington ("Scandal")
Robin Wright ("House of Cards")

Miniseries
"American Horror Story: Coven" (FX)
"Bonnie and Clyde" (A&E)
"Fargo" (FX)
"Luther" (BBC America)
"Treme" (HBO)
"The White Queen" (BBC America)

Actor in a comedy
Louis C.K ("Louie")
Don Cheadle ("House of Lies")
Ricky Gervais ("Derek")
Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes")
William H. Macy ("Shameless")
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")

Actress in a comedy
Lena Dunham ("Girls")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep")
Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly")
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation")
Taylor Schilling ("Orange is the New Black")

Actor in a miniseries or a movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dancing On The Edge")
Martin Freeman ("Fargo")
Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo)")
Idris Elba ("Luther")
Mark Ruffalo ("The Normal Heart")
Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock: His Last Vow")

Actress in a miniseries or a movie
Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Coven")
Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story: Coven")
Helena Bonham Carter ("Burton And Taylor")
Minnie Driver ("Return To Zero")
Kristen Wiig ("The Spoils Of Babylon")
Cicely Tyson ("The Trip To Bountiful")

Reality-Competition program
"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
"Dancing With The Stars" (ABC)
"Project Runway" (Lifetime)
"So You Think You Can Dance" (FOX)
"Top Chef" (Bravo)
"The Voice" (NBC)

Variety Series
"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central)
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)
"Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO)
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (NBC)

Supporting actor in a drama series
Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad")
Jim Carter ("Downton Abbey")
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones")
Josh Charles ("The Good Wife")
Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland")
Jon Voight ("Ray Donovan")

Supporting actress in a drama series
Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad")
Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey")
Joanne Froggatt ("Downton Abbey")
Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones")
Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife")
Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men")

Guest actor in a drama series
Paul Giamatti ("Downton Abbey")
Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife")
Reg E. Cathey ("House of Cards")
Robert Morse ("Mad Men")
Beau Bridges ("Masters of Sex")
Joe Morton ("Scandal")

Guest actress in a drama series
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Kate Burton ("Scandal")

Writing for a drama series
Moira Walley-Beckett ("Breaking Bad")
Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ("Game of Thrones")
Beau Willimon ("House of Cards")
Nic Pizzolatto ("True Detective")

Directing for a drama series
Tim Van Patten ("Boardwalk Empire")
Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")
David Evans ("Downton Abbey")
Neil Marshall ("Game Of Thrones")
Carl Franklin ("House Of Cards")
Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective")

Supporting actor in a comedy series
Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine")
Adam Driver ("Girls")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family")
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")
Fred Armisen ("Portlandia")
Tony Hale ("Veep")

Supporting actress in a comedy series
Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory")
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family")
Allison Janney ("Mom")
Kate Mulgrew ("Orange is the New Black")
Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live")
Anna Chlumsky ("Veep")

Guest actor in a comedy series
Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory")
Nathan Lane ("Modern Family")
Steve Buscemi ("Portlandia")
Jimmy Fallon ("Saturday Night Live")
Louis C.K. ("Saturday Night Live")
Gary Cole ("Veep")

Guest actress in a comedy series
Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black")
Uzo Aduba ("Orange is the New Black")
Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black")
Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live")
Melissa McCarthy ("Saturday Night Live")
Joan Cusack ("Shameless")

Writing for a comedy series
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik ("Episodes")
Louis C.K. ("Louie")
Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan ("Orange is the New Black")
Alec Berg ("Silicon Valley")
Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci ("Veep")

Directing for a comedy series
Iain B. MacDonald ("Episodes")
Paris Barclay ("Glee")
Louis C.K. ("Louie")
Gail Mancuso ("Modern Family")
Jodie Foster ("Orange is the New Black")
Mike Judge ("Silicon Valley")

Read the full list of nominees here.

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