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July 14, 2011

Big Emmy Nominees: "Mildred Pierce," "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men"

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Game of Thrones Courtesy HBO

Mildred Pierce, Boardwalk Empire and my personal favorite, Game of Thrones, did very well when the primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. So did Mad Men, The Good Wife, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.

Mildred Pierce Courtesy of HBO

I'm thrilled with the nominations for Game of Thones and especially Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in the series.  In fact the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category is a strong one.  Joining Dinklage are Josh Charles and Alan Cumming for The Good Wife, John Slattery for Mad Men and Andre Braugher for Men of A Certain Age.

Some wonderful surprises: Johnny Galecki getting his first nomination for The Big Bang Theory; likewise, Melissa McCarthy, who was announcing the nominations with Fringe's Joshua Jackson, and gasped in delight as Jackson read out her name. 

The Big Bang Theory Courtesy CBS

McCarthy's always done great work--remember her from Gilmore Girls as Sookie St James?--and this year she's gotten extra buzz because of her comic turn in the movie Bridesmaids.

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Mad Men Courtesy AMC

The nominations for Friday Night Lights were a bit of a surprise because since it airs primarily on DirectTV, it's off most viewers' radar.  The same goes for the miniseries, The Kennedys, which got 10 nominations and which almost didn't air at all because of controversies about how the Kennedys were portrayed, and then got panned by most critics.

Here are the top categories:

Best Drama

Game of Thrones
Friday Night Lights
Boardwalk Empire
Mad Men
The Good Wife

Best Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
The Office
30 Rock
Modern Family
Best Actor in a Drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Best Actor in a Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parson, The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Drama

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order, SVU
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulie, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Best Actress in a Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Shows With The Most Nominations:

Mildred Pierce:  21
Mad Men: 19
Boardwalk Empire: 18
Modern Family: 17
Saturday Night Live: 16
Game of Thrones: 13

Other First Time Nominees:

The Big Bang Theory for Best Comedy
So You Think You Can Dance for Best Reality Show
Cat Deeley for Best Reality Show Host for So You Think You Can Dance
Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Timothy Olyphant for Best Actor in Justified
Mireille Enos for Best Actress in The Killing

Snub City

At a glance the most obvious snub is Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, and why she couldn't eject Mariska Hargitay from her yearly slot, I'll never know, but all the other nominees in the category are perfectly legit.

HBO was the leading network with 104 nominations.  The broadcast network nominations were CBS: 50, PBS: 43, NBC: 46, Fox: 42, and ABC: 40. Even Oprah's brand new OWN network got three nominations for Becoming Chaz.

PBS's outstanding Downton Abbey came in with 11 nominations including one acting nod for Elizabeth McGovern.  Also on PBS, the marvelous Sherlock, a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes, got nominations for writing, editing and music composition. 

You can see the complete list of Emmy nominations on the Emmy website. The 63rd annual Emmy awards show will air on September 18th at 8pm on Fox.

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