Better Call Saul Racks Up Eight Emmy Nominations

The Emmy nominations have been announced and Better Call Saul has been honored with eight nominations, including a fifth consecutive nod for Outstanding Drama Series. The nominations also acknowledge the series' cast as well as the writing, music supervision, and more.

Giancarlo Esposito, who reprises his role as meth kingpin Gus Fring from Breaking Bad, received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for a second consecutive year. (He was also nominated in the same category for Breaking Bad in 2012.)

Behind the camera, the writing staff of the series was recognized twice in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category. Executive Producer Thomas Schnauz was nominated for the Season 5 episode "Bad Choice Road" (which he also directed), and Gordon Smith was nominated for the episode "Bagman."

Speaking of "Bagman," that episode was also honored with nominations for Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series. Additionally, "The Guy for This," also earned Thomas Golubić a nomination for Outstanding Music Supervision.

Rounding out the show's accolades, the digital companion series Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler, was nominated for  Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. The short form series stars Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, explaining the ins and outs of the law via well-known criminal activities from the worlds of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul -- all in her signature deadpan. The digital series won the Emmy for its first season.

The eight nominations for Better Call Saul were part of a total haul of 18 nods for AMC Networks, which also earned nominations for BBC America's Killing EveSeven Worlds, One Planet and Doctor Who.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be broadcast, Sunday, Sept. 20.