New Mexico is feeling some serious Emmy love, with projects connected to the Land of Enchantment garnering 33 nominations Thursday.
Leading the pack is HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which secured the most of any TV show, with 24. The fantasy series is based on Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy book series, “The Song of Ice and Fire.”
It was the most nominated series for the second year running. Among its nominations this year was for outstanding drama series.
Martin, who owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, simply tweeted, “Emmy Likes Us.”
AMC’s “Better Call Saul” is basking in a great inaugural showing at the Emmys.
The show, which is filmed and set in New Mexico, received seven Emmy nominations on Thursday.
The series is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” which was filmed in Albuquerque, raising its profile worldwide among millions of fans.
“Better Call Saul” is filming its second season in Albuquerque and is based at Albuquerque Studios.
Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul Goodman, received an Emmy nomination for lead actor in a drama series, and Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, received a nomination for best supporting actor in a drama series.
The show also picked up a nomination for outstanding drama series, as well as two nominations for outstanding single-camera picture editing, one for outstanding sound mixing and a writing nomination for Gordon Smith, who wrote the episode “Five-O.”
“Better Call Saul” is set six years before “Breaking Bad” and follows the transformation of Jimmy McGill from an unsuccessful lawyer into Saul Goodman, an ace attorney for the criminal element.
The seven nominations for “Better Call Saul” easily beat “Breaking Bad” for nominations in its first year. In 2008, “Breaking Bad” was nominated for two, with Bryan Cranston winning best actor for his role as White.
Last year, “Breaking Bad” was the big winner of the night, with five Emmys.
Stewart Lyons, a series producer, says on his Facebook page, “Looking for the complete list, but the show is nominated. And Bob as well. We’re going to the dance (this never gets old!)”
There was plenty of online love for “Better Call Saul” from the series regulars.
Michael McKean, who plays Saul’s brother, Chuck McGill, tweeted, “Huge congrats to our own @mrbobodenkirk & the Grand (Jonathan) Banks & our whole damn show. … ”
Michael Mando, who plays bad guy Nacho Varga, “Congratulations to … whole @BetterCallSaul fam for our 7 #EmmyNoms!!! Xoxo.”
In other New Mexico-related nominations, Santa Fe resident Paul Barnes picked up an Emmy nod for his work on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts.” Burns worked closely with Barnes, who has served as an editor and producer on numerous Burns projects, including “The Roosevelts.”
“For me, working on the project was a great joy,” Barnes says. “I got to live with these three Americans for years. It was enlightening to learn much more than I had already known.”
And WGN America’s freshman show, “Manhattan,” picked up an Emmy nomination for outstanding main title design. This is the first nomination for the show and the network for its original scripted series.
The Emmys will air Sept. 20 on ABC.