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‘Better Call Saul’ picks up 7 Emmy nominations

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in "Better Call Saul"

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul.” (Courtesy of AMC )

Seven. It’s a lucky number and also the number of Emmy nominations New Mexico-filmed “Better Call Saul” received Thursday.

In its sophomore season, the series matched the same number of nominations as its haul in 2015.

The AMC series is gearing up to return for its third season later this summer in Albuquerque and at Albuquerque Studios.

The series grabbed a nod for outstanding drama.

Bob Odenkirk, who stars as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman, got his second straight Emmy nomination for actor in a drama series.

Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, also was nominated for the second time in the supporting actor in a drama category.

The series also picked up four other nominations. Two were for single-camera picture editing, one for sound mixing and one for outstanding special effects.

The series is a prequel to “Breaking Bad,” which was filmed in Albuquerque, raising the city’s profile worldwide among millions of fans.

“Saul” wasn’t the only production with New Mexico ties to grab some nominations.

HBO’s drama “Game of Thrones,” based on Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series, leads the pack with 23 nominations.

“Game of Thrones” and “Better Call Saul” are up against each other in the drama series category.

Michael McKean, who plays Chuck McGill on “Better Call Saul” tweeted, “Bob & Banks & @BetterCallSaul bring it again. Congrats to the whole mob.”

Rhea Seehorn, who plays Kim Wexler, tweeted, “We’re All So Excited!!!”

And part-time New Mexico resident Bryan Cranston picked up an acting nomination for the HBO film “All the Way.”

Cranston won four Emmy awards for his portrayal of Walter White in “Breaking Bad.”

The Emmys will air Sept. 18.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in "Better Call Saul"

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul.” (Courtesy of AMC)

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