'Game of Thrones,' cable television garner most Emmys nominations 

click to enlarge Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black" was nominated for an Emmy Award on Thursday, making her the first transgender actress to ever be nominated. - AP PHOTO/STARPIX, MARION CURTIS
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  • Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black" was nominated for an Emmy Award on Thursday, making her the first transgender actress to ever be nominated.

They're meant to honor television excellence, but the Emmy Awards are clicking past the old broadcast networks this year. HBO's "Game of Thrones" led a crop of cable and online-only nominees with 19 nods on Thursday. "True Detective," "Breaking Bad," "Fargo" and HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" also raked in nods, The Associated Press said.

CBS' acclaimed "The Good Wife" caused a stir after being overlooked for best drama and best writing nods.

"This is a show that doesn't rely on sensationalism or violence, rape, sex, beheadings," star Christine Baranski told E! Online. "I'm glad people are upset."

She was nominated for an acting award, as were co-stars Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles. Other notable nominees included Laverne Cox for "Orange is the New Black," the first transgender woman to get an Emmy nod.

President Barack Obama also earned notice: an episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis" in which he banters about health care was nominated for best live-action short.

Mendes gets Eva-sive

Eva Mendes isn't exactly dispelling rumors that she's seven months pregnant with the child of "Place Beyond the Pines" co-star Ryan Gosling.

There was nary a bump to be seen in pictures TMZ posted of the actress tottering around Los Angeles on Thursday -- but only because she clutched a bulging purse, jacket, scarf and other baby blockers to her stomach as paparazzi approached.

Undeterred in its procreation ruminations, TMZ tapped a forensic artist -- who usually works for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children -- for the far loftier goal of imagining the future celebrity scion. The verdict? "GORGEOUS KID!"

Quick takes

Don't blame Mick Jagger for Brazil's 7-1 loss in the World Cup, the famed soccer jinx says: "I can take responsibility for the first German goal, but not the other six!" ... Pamela Anderson posted a poem to Facebook amid her divorce from professional card sharp Rick Salomon. The digressive dirge name-checks German director Werner Herzog, Parkay flooring and "the cruel smell of orange blossoms." ... Hit game "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which the reality star counsels E-listers aiming to be A-listers, has boosted the stock of San Francisco-based Glu Mobile Inc. by 42 percent.

Happy birthdays

Hockey center Joe Pavelski of the Sharks is 30. ... Giants pitcher Javier Lopez is 37. ... Rapper Lil' Kim is 39. ... Singer Suzanne Vega is 55. ...Oakland-born singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 64. ... Actor Tab Hunter ("Damn Yankees") is 83.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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