Cable’s Repeat Performances

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Several cable network shows
and stars are in line for an Emmy “threepeat”
this year as the Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences revealed nominations for
its prestigious primetime Emmy Awards.

Cable fared well during the nomination
ceremony last Thursday (July 8) as 26 cable
networks garnered nearly 250 nominations,
led by premium channel HBO’s industryhigh
101 nominations. The 62nd Primetime
Emmy Awards will air live on NBC on Aug. 29
from the Nokia Th eatre in Los Angeles.

Actress Glenn Close, who portrays toughminded
lawyer Patty Hewes on FX’s original
drama series Damages, and actor Bryan
Cranston, who plays high school chemistry
teacher/crystal-meth chef Walt White on
AMC’s Breaking Bad, will each vie for their
third consecutive wins in the categories of
Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding
Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Close will battle Kyra Sedgwick (TNT’s The
); Connie Britton (NBC’s Friday Night
); Julianna Margulies (CBS’ The Good
); Mariska Hargitay (NBC’s Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit
); and January Jones
(Mad Men). Cranston will compete against
Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s Dexter); Kyle
Chandler (NBC’s Friday Night Lights); Hugh
Laurie (Fox’s House); Matthew Fox (ABC’s
Lost); and Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men).

Also looking for a trio of consecutive Emmy
statuettes is AMC’s 1960s advertisingthemed
drama Mad Men, nominated for
Outstanding Drama Series. HBO’s vampire
series True Blood will look to take a bite out
of Mad Men’s recent domination of the category,
along with Breaking Bad, Dexter, The
Good Wife
and Lost.

Toni Collette (Showtime’s United States of
) will defend her Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Comedy Series title against network
colleague Edie Falco, who was nominated for
her performance in the pay TV network’s series
Nurse Jackie. Also in the running is Lea
Michele (Glee); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (CBS’ The
New Adventures of Old Christine
); Amy Poehler
(NBC’s Parks and Recreation); and Tina
Fey (NBC’s 30 Rock).

Actor Tony Shalhoub will look to win one
more Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Comedy Series category for his role as
the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian
Monk in Monk.

Shalhoub, who won Emmys in this category
in 2003, 2005 and 2006, will compete
this year against Curb Your Enthusiasm’s
Larry David as well as The Office’s Steve
Carell, Glee’s Mathew Morrison and The Big
Bang Theory
’s Jim Parsons.


Cable entrees dominated the list of nominees
in the Outstanding Supporting Actor
and Outstanding Supporting Actress categories
for drama series after being shut
out of the winner’s circle last year. Actors
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Martin Short
(Damages), Andre Braugher (TNT’s Men of
a Certain Age
) and John Slattery (Mad Men)
will compete against Lost’s Terry O’Quinn
and Michael Emerson, while actresses Sharon
Gless (USA’s Burn Notice), Rose Byrne
(Damages) and Christina Hendricks and
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) will compete
against Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski
(CBS’s The Good Wife).

HBO’s Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks World
War II miniseries The Pacific garnered the
most Emmy nods of any show with 24, including
one in the Outstanding Miniseries
category against PBS’s Return to Cranford.

Disney Channel nearly cornered the Outstanding
Children’s Program category, with
tween-targeted series Hannah Montana, Jonas
and Wizards of Waverly Place
all getting
nods. Nickelodeon’s iCarly is the lone non-
Disney entry.

Cable also dominated the Outstanding
Made for Television Movie category
with Lifetime’s Georgia O’Keeffe; History’s
Moonshot; and HBO’s The Special Relationship,
You Don’t Know Jack
and Temple
vying for the award along with
PBS’s Endgame.

Full list of primetime
Emmy nominations: