Last Chance Emmys: How 'Mad Men,' 'Parks and Recreation' and Others Fared in Their Final Nominations

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'Mad Men' racks up a healthy 11 nods for its final season, while 'Justified' and 'Parenthood' are shut out.

The narrative of the 2015 Emmy Awards will likely be the infusion of new blood into the awards, with shows like Transparent, American Crime and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and actors ranging from Anthony Anderson to Tatiana Maslany scoring their first nods.

But the 2014-15 TV season also featured an unusual number of shows airing their final seasons. Some of them, like Mad Men and the Late Show with David Letterman, scored multiple nominations, but more than a few were shut out completely. Here's a rundown of how they fared.


Mad Men: 11 nominations

The AMC show's final episodes scored a nod for best drama series and acting nominations for Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss. It also snagged two nominations for writing, including for the series finale, "Person to Person."

Boardwalk Empire: 10 nominations

HBO's period show has racked up most of its 18 lifetime wins in the Creative Arts categories, and nine of its 10 nods for the final season fall there as well. Tim Van Patten is also up for best director for "Eldorado," the series finale.

Late Show with David Letterman: 6 nominations

The venerated late-night host's swan song scored a nomination for best variety talk series and five Creative Arts nods, but wasn't nominated for writing as it often is.

The Colbert Report: 4 nominations

Stephen Colbert is taking over The Late Show on CBS in the fall, but his last run on Comedy Central scored a best variety talk series nomination (which it won in 2014) and three other nods.

Parks and Recreation: 3 nominations

Along with best comedy series and a nom for lead actress Amy Poehler, the NBC comedy picked up a nomination for sound mixing. NBC.com's Parks and Recreation: Behind the Final Season also earned a nomination for best short-format nonfiction program, but it's considered a separate program.

Sons of Anarchy: 3 nominations

The perpetually snubbed FX drama did earn three Creative Arts noms for its last season, including one for the original song "Come Join the Murder," co-written by creator Kurt Sutter.

Glee: 1 nomination

The one-time phenomenon bowed out quietly on FOX and in the Emmys, where its lone 2015 nomination was for cast member Darren Criss' original song "This Time."

The Newsroom: 1 nomination

Jeff Daniels' third consecutive nomination for lead actor in a drama is the only nod for Aaron Sorkin's HBO series.

Nurse Jackie: 1 nomination

Perennial nominee Edie Falco made it a perfect six-for-six in landing a comedy lead actress nomination during the run of her Showtime series (seasons one and two both fell in the eligibility window for the 2010 awards).

True Blood: 1 nomination

Hey, remember True Blood? Emmy voters did, giving the HBO show (which ended the night before the 2014 Emmys) a nomination for the extremely specific category of Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More).

The forgotten

Shows that were left on the outside in their final Emmy go-round include, in alphabetical order, Cougar Town, Justified, Kroll Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Mentalist, Parenthood, Two and a Half Men and White Collar.

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