Freshman Cable Shows Make Mark With Emmy Noms

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Freshmen cable series garnered a surprising number of 2012 Emmy Award  nominations in several top categories.

FX's newcomer American Horror Story, listed as a mini-series for the Emmys, and AMC's Mad Men -- which is gunning for an unprecedented fifth Emmy in the drama series category -- shared the honor of the most nominations of any show with 17, followed by History's mini-series Hatfield & McCoys and PBS drama series Downton Abbey with 16 nominations.

HBO led all networks with 81 nominations, followed on the cable side by AMC's 34 nods and FX's 26 nominations, according to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. On the broadcast side, CBS drew 60 nominations followed by PBS' 58 Emmy acknowledgements.

First-year shows Homeland (Showtime) and Girls (HBO) also drew multiple Emmy nominations.
Homeland
, which drew nine Emmy noms (most of any freshman series), will vie with Mad Men, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad, PBS's Downton Abbey and HBO's Game Of Thrones for best drama series.

Girls, which garnered five Emmy nominations, will vie for top comedy series honors against HBO's freshman political-themed series Veep; ABC's Modern Family, CBS's The Big Bang Theory, HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and NBC's 30 Rock.

American Horror Story will compete for the best mini-series or movie category against HBO's Game Change, History's Hatfields & McCoys, HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn, BBC America's Luther and PBS' Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia.

Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart will look to make it 10 Emmys in a row for Outstanding Variety Series when it competes against fellow Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and NBC's Saturday Night Live.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC Sept. 23rd.

2012 Emmy Nominations By Cable Networks:

A&E - 4
AMC - 34
Animal Planet - 1
BBC America - 5
Bravo - 5
Cartoon Network - 6
Cinemax - 1
Comedy Central - 11
DirecTV - 1
Discovery Channel - 9,
Disney Channel - 4
Disney XD - 1
EPIX - 1
FX Networks - 26
GMC - 1
HBO - 81
History - 17
IFC - 2
Lifetime - 5
MTV - 1
Nickelodeon - 5
Showtime - 22
Starz - 1
Syfy - 2
TBS - 1
TeenNick - 1
TLC - 1
TNT - 3
Travel Channel - 4
TV Land - 2
USA - 1 

Major Category Nominees

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

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

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

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

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men

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

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

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Miniseries or Movie

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

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrerlson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
Ed Harris, Game Change
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Reality - Competition Program
The Amazing Race, CBS
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
Top Chef, Bravo
The Voice, NBC

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

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