Vying against "Thrones" for drama series honors this year are FX's "The Americans", AMC's "Better Call Saul", PBS' "Downton Abbey", Showtime's "Homeland", Netflix's "House of Cards" and USA's "Mr. Robot".
Game of Thrones received 23 nominations, the most of any show.
For best comedy actress, nominations went to Ellie Kemper for "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep", Laurie Metcalf of "Getting On", Tracie Ellis Ross of "black-ish", Amy Schumer for "Inside Amy Schumer" and Lily Tomlin for "Grace and Frankie".
Other nominees from previous year seeking nominations are HBO's "Silicon Valley"; Amazon Instant Video's "Transparent"; and Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".
The FX show's breakout star was Sarah Paulson as embattled prosecutor Marcia Clark: a performance that has made her the overwhelming favourite for the Best Actress in a Limited Series category.
The FX show Fargo and mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story were the next most nominated.
HBO continued its network dominance with 94 Emmy nominations on Thursday and a leading 23 nods for last year's best drama victor "Game of Thrones".
As expected, Game of Thrones dominated the drama series nominations. The reading of the Emmy nominations is about to begin.
The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016, will be presented September 18 at the Microsoft Theater (formerly the Nokia Theatre) with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel as the host.
Reporters and industry insiders are gathering for the 8:30 a.m. PDT announcement of nominees for the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the TV academy's newly opened Saban Media Center in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles. To get into the theater, reporters had to walk down a long hallway with a red carpet that leads into the expansive new space, which sports plush red chairs with armrests. Netflix's Orange is the New Black was also surprisingly left out of drama series and supporting actress, where the African-American Uzo Aduba was victorious past year.
It'll be out with the old and in with the new - maybe - as the nominations for the TV Emmy Awards are announced Wednesday morning.
They were among a number of black actors recognized by TV academy voters, who have started to keep pace with TV's growing diversity in sharp contrast to moviedom's Academy Awards, which were slammed as "Oscars So White" this year.
But there were no major acting nods for the stars of "Fresh Off the Boat" or other Asian-American actors, or for Latinos, which has been a recurrent Emmy pattern.
"Thrones" is up for the top drama series award that it won last year for the first time, along with 11 other trophies, setting a new record for wins in a single year.