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Cable Series Dominate the 64th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations


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AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s American Horror Story came out the leader in the Primetime Emmy Award nominations, each scoring 17.

HBO leads the overall nominations with a massive 81, the most of any network this year. The message is clear – the academy prefers cable to network television. While ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s 30 Rock continued to score nominations in comedy, the major networks were kept out of the drama category.

The nominations were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum presided over the nominations along with Scandal star Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s last night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Kimmel will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast live on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on ABC.

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

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Outstanding Mini Series or Movie

American Horror Story, FX
Game Change, HBO
Hatfields & McCoys, HISTORY
Luther, BBC America
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia, PBS

Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries

Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Story of Lunch

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries

Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries

Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Girls, HBO
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
Veep, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Light
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

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Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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