‘Game of Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominations

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LOS ANGELES — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.

The meth kingpin drama “Breaking Bad” was next in line with 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.

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 nominees for best actor in a television drama series announced Thursday morning are: 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.”

The nominees for best actress in a television drama series announced Thursday morning are: Lizzy Caplan…

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‘House of Cards,’ Maryland Reach Agreement

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley says officials have reached an agreement with the production company that owns the Netflix series “House of Cards” that will keep it in Maryland to film its third season.

O’Malley’s said in an email Friday evening that Maryland and Media Rights Capital had reached an agreement that will give the company a total of $11.5 million in 2014.

O’Malley, who is traveling on state business in Europe, said the amount includes the 2014 Film Production Tax Credit program and $7.5 million in grants.

Media Rights Capital had threatened to move operations out of state if they don’t receive $15 million next season.

“House of Cards’ star Kevin Spacey visited the capital last month during the General Assembly’s 2014 session to urge support for the production.

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‘House Of Cards’ May Crumble In Maryland

Oh No! Now what will the President (and my dad) do with themselves without a new season?

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s General Assembly has run out of time to increase the yearly limit on tax credits designed to attract film projects and TV series.

The company that owns the series “House of Cards” has threatened to move operations out of state if they don’t receive $15 million next season. A budget committee reached a last-minute deal last week to put $18.5 million in the tax credit fund next year, leaving cash for other projects.

But $11 million depended on a bill that failed to pass both chambers Monday due to differences between the House and Senate versions.

This leaves $15 million in next year’s fund, and it’s unclear how that money will be divvied up.

Actor Kevin Spacey visited Annapolis last month and urged legislators to approve the bill.

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