Peter MacNicol loses ‘Veep’ Emmy nod over technicality

Associated Press

Los Angeles — Peter MacNicol’s best guest actor Emmy nomination for his work on “Veep” this past season has been revoked after officials determined the actor appeared in too many episodes of the HBO comedy.

MacNicol was nominated last week for his portrayal of power broker Jeff Kane. But the Los Angeles Times reports the Television Academy now says he is ineligible for the award because he appeared in five of the 10 episodes of the fifth season of “Veep.” Under rules changed last year, performers must appear in less than 50 percent of a season’s episodes to be eligible as a guest actor.

The Times reports a replacement nominee in the category is likely to be announced Thursday.