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Mad Men, American Horror Story Lead Emmy Award Nominations

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Mad Men and American Horror Story led the nominations for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced this morning in Hollywood, with nods in 17 categories. FX’s psychosexual thriller ended up in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category, pitting the drama against such heavy hitters as Hatfields & McCoys (with its 16 nominations), Luther and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also heaped plenty of love on Modern Family, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

The winners will be announced Sunday, Sept. 23, during a ceremony broadcast live on ABC. The following is the list of nominees in the major categories (and those of particular interest to Spinoff readers):

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO
“Modern Family,” ABC
“30 Rock,” NBC
“Veep,” HBO

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire,”  HBO
“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Downton Abbey,”  PBS
“Game Of Thrones,” HBO
“Homeland,” Showtime
“Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls,” HBO
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl,” FOX
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation,” NBC
Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO
Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies,”  Showtime
Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX Networks
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC
Jon Cryer, “Two And A Half Men,” CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey,” PBS
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law,” NBC
Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter,” Showtime
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey” PBS
Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,” ABC
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family,” ABC
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family,” ABC
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC
Max Greenfield, “New Girl,” FOX
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live,”  NBC

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Will Arnett, “30 Rock,” NBC
Greg Kinnear, “Modern Family,” ANC
Jon Hamm, “30 Rock,” NBC
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS
Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock,” NBC
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC
Margaret Cho, “30 Rock,” NBC
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee,” Fox

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Maggis Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey,” PBS
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife,” CBS
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife,”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey,” PBS
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey,” PBS
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO
Jared Harris, “Mad Men,” AMC

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Jeremy Davies, “Justified,” FX
Jason Ritter, “Parenthood,” NBC
Ben Feldman, “Mad Men,” AMC
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife,” CBS
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife,” CBS

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
Joan Cusack, “Shameless,” Showtime
Uma Thurman, “Smash,” NBC
Julia Ormond, “Mad Men,” AMC
Loretta Devina, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC
Jean Smart, “Harry’s Law,” NBC
Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife,” CBS

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story,” FX
“Game Change,” HBO
“Hatfields & McCoys,” HISTORY
“Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO
“Luther,” BBC America
“Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story,” FX
Julianne Moore, “Game Change,” HBO
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO
Ashley Judd, “Missing,” ABC
Emma Thompson, “The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece),” PBS

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change,” HBO
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys,” HISTORY
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys,” HISTORY
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO
Idris Elba, “Luther,” BBC America
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story,” FX
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story,” FX
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change,” HBO
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys,” HISTORY
Judy Davis, “Page Eight (Masterpiece)” PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story,” FX
Ed Harris, “Game Change,” HBO
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys,” HISTORY
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS

Outstanding Animated Program
“American Dad!” (“Hot Water”), Fox
“Bob’s Burgers” (“BurgerBoss”), Fox
“Futurama” (“The Tip of the Zoidberg”), Comedy Central
“The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole,” Nickelodeon
“The Simpson” (“Holidays of Future Passed”), Fox

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program
“Adventure Time” (“Too Young”), Cartoon Network
“Disney’s Phineas And Ferb” (“The Doonkleberry
Imperative”), Disney Channel
“MAD” (“Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas/How I Met Your Mummy”), Cartoon Network
“Robot Chicken” (“Fight Club Paradise”), Cartoon Network


  • 0bsessions

     How exactly did American Horror Story get classified as a miniseries? Is that based upon the fact it’s supposed to alternate casts from season to season?

    Gotta say, I was kind of unimpressed with season two of Game of Thrones. Loved season one and Clash of Kings was my favorite of the books, but I just found it underwhelming. The expanded Robb love story fell flat to me and it just never quite compelled me the way the book did.

  • NathanielRichmond

     “The Simpson’s” (“Holidays of Future Passed”) should
    win the nomination for best animated TV show in my opinion. I’ve watch “The
    Simpson’s” since it started airing and I’ve grown to love all the characters on
    the show. I love all of FOX’s “Animation Domination” TV shows, and ever since I
    got the Hopper I have not missed a single one. When I bought my Hopper a Dish
    coworker explained to me that its PrimeTime Anytime feature will automatically
    record all of my prime time shows that come on CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC everyday
    in HD. This feature allows me to watch even more prime time shows, and I can
    record up to six shows at once!  

  • Faust

    Uma Thurman, “Smash,” NBC?????

    How the hell did she get a nomination??? She ruined the last 5 episodes – her character was shit. I like to pretend those episodes dont exist!

    Breaking Bad needs to win every nomination it gets!! Best show. Hands down! Bryan, Anna and Aaron all need to win!! :)

  • Faust

    I was thinking the same think regarding AHS. Mini series? No. Its a regular series. Weird.

    But I really enjoyed it – so I hope it gets some wins either way! And that season 2 is as good! :)