Emmy Nods Not So Predictable This Time


Surprises were few among
cable’s Emmy nominations last week, but
some picks did raise eyebrows.

HBO was again atop the leaderboard
with 104 primetime Emmy nominations
— more than double that of CBS’s 50 as
its nearest competitor — including an
industry-high 21 for miniseries Mildred
Pierce and 18 for Prohibition-era drama
Boardwalk Empire, the Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences said last Thursday
(July 14).

Independent network ReelzChannel
surprisingly garnered 10 Emmy nominations
(its first nods ever), all for controversial
miniseries The Kennedys. The docudrama
— which aired on Reelz in April, after History
dropped it due to concerns over its content —
will contend for best miniseries. Kennedys stars
Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper will vie for outstanding
lead actor in a miniseries or movie for
their respective portrayals of John F. Kennedy
and Robert F. Kennedy.

ReelzChannel CEO Stan Hubbard said of
the cast and crew: “For them to get the validation
from their peers for those 10 nominations
was terrific. It also gives ReelzChannel another
level of credibility with advertisers, viewers
and the press.”


Comedian Louis C.K.
garnered a surprise
best actor in a comedy
series nod for his
self-parody in FX series
Louie. He’ll go up
against Matt LeBlanc
(Showtime’s Episodes),
Jim Parsons (CBS’s The
Big Bang Theory
), Steve
Carell (NBC’s The Office),
Johnny Galecki
(The Big Bang Theory)
and Alec Baldwin
(NBC’s 30 Rock).

FX garnered six
Emmy nominations
overall, including four
for drama series Justified.

AMC, led by 19 nominations
for threetime
drama series Mad
, drew 29 overall Emmy nods.

Mad Men, set in the advertising industry
of the 1960s, will look to extend its threepeat
as best drama against HBO’s newcomer
tandem of Boardwalk Empire and Game
of Thrones
, as well as Showtime’s serial killer
series Dexter, CBS’s The Good Wife and DirecTV’s
Friday Night Lights.

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm will look to keep
the Emmy for best actor in the drama series
in the AMC family, as reigning threetime
winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
is ineligible. Hamm will compete against
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Michael
C. Hall (Dexter), Kyle Chandler (Friday
Night Lights
), Hugh Laurie (Fox’s House)
and Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified).

While cable was shut out of the best
comedy category, Edie Falco will defend
her Emmy for outstanding lead actress
in a comedy for her starring role in
Showtime’s Nurse Jackie against premium
network stablemate Laura Linney
(The Big C), Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks
and Recreation
), Melissa McCarthy
(CBS’s Mike & Molly), Martha Plimpton
(Fox’s Raising Hope) and Tina Fey
(NBC’s 30 Rock).

Mireille Enos, of AMC’s freshman
procedural The Killing, will vie for best
actress in a drama series against Mad
Elisabeth Moss, Friday Night
’ Connie Britton, Mariska Hargitay of
NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The
Good Wife’s
Julianna Margulies and Kathy
Bates of NBC’s Harry’s Law.

As expected, cable dominated the nominations
in the miniseries or movie categories. In
addition to Mildred Pierce and The Kennedys,
HBO’s Cinema Verité and Too Big to Fail, Starz’s
Pillars of the Earth and PBS’ critically acclaimed
Downtown Abbey rounded out the category.

Also drawing nods in the outstanding lead
actor in a miniseries or movie category were
Idris Elba for his portrayal of John Luther in
BBC America’s Luther, Laurence Fishburne
for HBO’s Thurgood, William Hurt for Too Big
to Fail
and Edgar Ramirez in Sundance Channel’s
Carlos (the network’s first-ever primetime
Emmy nod for a scripted show).


Kate Winslet earned an outstanding lead actress
in a miniseries or movie nomination
for Mildred Pierce. She’ll go up against Diane
Lane (Cinema Verité), Taraji Henson (Lifetime’s
Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story),
Jean Marsh (PBS’s Upstairs, Downstairs),
and Elizabeth McGovern (Downtown Abbey).

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon
seeks a ninth consecutive Emmy win
in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series
category. His competition: Comedy classmate
The Colbert Report; NBC’s Late Night With
Jimmy Fallon
and Saturday Night Live; TBS’s
Conan; and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher.

Bravo’s Top Chef will look to cook up a second
consecutive Emmy win in the outstanding
reality/competition program category
against Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance
and American Idol, CBS’s The Amazing Race,
Lifetime’s Project Runway, and ABC’s Dancing
With the Stars.