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Daytime Soap Opera Alums Dominate 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations

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Robin-Wright

The Daytime soap opera community was well represented on Thursday, when the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced!

Robin Wright, who got her start on the short-lived NBC sudser Santa Barbara 30 years ago, is nominated for Best Actress in a Drama series for her turn as icy political wife Claire Underwood in the Netflix serial House of Cards. Bryan Cranston, who told the story of being fired from ABC Daytime's Loving on Chelsea Lately, is once again up for Best Actor. Cranston wrapped his game-changing run as high school teacher-turned-meth king Walter White this past season on AMC's Breaking Bad.

Allison Janney was a hoot as Ginger, the Spaulding's wacky maid on Guiding Light back in the early 90's. She's still making 'em bust guts on the CBS laffer Mom, for which she just snagged an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nomination.

Matt Bomer

Janney won't be the only former resident of fictional Springfield U.S.A crossing her fingers come Emmy night. GL alums Cicely Tyson and Matt Bomer are nominated for their work in A Trip to Bountiful and The Normal Heart respectively.

Before they were a pair of nasty, nominated witches with a "W" from FX's American Horror Story: Coven, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett were appearing on daytime dramas. Bates starred in The Doctors, All My Children and One Life to Live; while Bassett first found her groove as Leonie Peach on Ryan's Hope.

American Horror Story

Speaking of Ryan's Hope, before Kate Mulgrew found out Orange Is The New Black, the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominee knew all about green beer as Mary Ryan Fenelli.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee Christine Baranski honed her craft on both All My Children and Another World, decades before sabotaging corporate coups as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife.

Shameless lead William H. Macy is up for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Frank Gallagher on the Showtime dramedy. Back in 1982, he was playing Frank Fish on AnotherWorld.

She plays an anal mom on Modern Family, but Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominiee Julie Bowen once appeared on Loving in an uncredited role. Speaking of comedians with soapy pasts, while Matt LeBlanc never appeared on a daytime soap, the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series nominee (for Showtime's Episodes) did play Joey, who in turn played Days of Our Lives' Dr. Drake Ramoray, on Friends.

Check out the complete list of nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys below.

Outstanding Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"True Detective"

Outstanding Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Louie"
"Modern Family"
"Orange is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
"Veep"

Outstanding Miniseries
"American Horror Story Coven"
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"Fargo"
"Luther"
"Treme"
"The White Queen"

Outstanding TV Movie
"Killing Kennedy"
"Muhammed Ali's Greatest Fight"
"The Normal Heart"
"Sherlock: His Last Vow"
"The Trip to Bountiful"

Best Actor - 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"

Best Actress - Drama
Lizzy Caplan - "Masters of Sex"
Claire Danes - "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery - "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Marguilles - "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington - "Scandal"
Robin Wright - "House of Cards"

Best Supporting Actor - Drama
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"

Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Anna Gunn - "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey"
Joanne Forggatt - "Downton Abbey"
Lena Headey - "Game of Thrones"
Christine Baranksi - "The Good Wife"
Christina Hendricks - "Mad Men"

Best Actor - Comedy
Louis CK - "Louie"
Don Cheadle - "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais - "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes"
William H. Macy - "Shameless"
Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Actress - Comedy
Lena Dunham - "Girls"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Julie Louis-Dreyfus - "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy - "Mike and Molly"
Amy Poehler - "Parks and Recreation"
Taylor Schilling - "Orange is the New Black"

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Adam Driver - "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell - "Modern Family"
Fred Armisen - "Portlandia"
Tony Hale - "Veep"

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy
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"

Best Actor - TV Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Chiwetel Ejiofior - "Dancing on the Edge"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Martin Freeman - "Fargo"
Mark Ruffalo - "The Normal Heart"
Billy Bob Thornton - "Fargo"

Best Actress - TV Movie/Miniseries
Minnie Driver - "Return to Zero"
Jessica Lange - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Sarah Paulson - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Cicely Tyson - "The Trip to Bountiful"
Kristen Wiig - "The Spoils of Babylon"
Helena Bonham Carter - "Burton and Taylor"

Best Supporting Actor - TV Movie/Miniseries
Colin Hanks - "Fargo"
Jim Parsons - "The Normal Heart"
Joe Mantello - "The Normal Heart"
Alfred Molina - "The Normal Heart"
Matt Bomer - "The Normal Heart"
Martin Freeman - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"

Best Supporting Actress - TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Kathy Bates - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Angela Basset - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Allison Tolman - "Fargo"
Ellen Burstyn - "Flowers in the Attic"
Julia Roberts - "The Normal Heart"