This marks Danson's 13th career Emmy nomination, but his first for The Good Place.
Some of TV's best work is now being done in the realm of limited series, and that was true again this season, with "Patrick Melrose", "Godless" and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" all making strong bids for attention.
Amazon's original shows received 22 nominations, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for the Best Comedy.
The drama missed the awards in 2017 because of its production schedule but this year's nominations include nods for cast members Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.
The 2018 Emmy Awards will air Monday, September 17 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" comes in second with 20 nominations. "This is the most diverse class of performer nominees we've had - we're nearly up to a third, which is fantastic", Maury McIntyre, TV academy president. If he wins, he will earn the coveted EGOT, having previously won a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
HBO's fantasy dragons-and-swords saga is a two-time best drama victor that sat out the last year's awards because of its production schedule.
Besides the repeat nomination for Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale" scored nods for Drama Series, Actress in a Drama Series (Elisabeth Moss), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Joseph Fiennes), and two additional nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel and Yvonne Strahovski).