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Thursday, July 19, 2012

SEASON IN REVIEW: The 2012 Emmy Nominations

Here are the nominations for the major categories of the Emmy Awards!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)
Comments: No major surprises here but it is worth noting that The Good Wife did not make the cut which means no broadcast network dramas are represented here as part of a general trend in that direction. This race will likely be a three-headed one between Breaking Bad, Homeland, and Mad Men.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)
Comments: Once again, no broadcast network representation as Hugh Laurie was passed over in his final year meaning he will have never won for his memorable character of Dr. Gregory House despite six nominations. This race seems to be Bryan Cranston's to lose.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close, Damages (DirecTV)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife (CBS)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Comments: Finally some broadcast network representation! The nomination for last year's winner Julianna Marguiles is not surprising but the nomination for Kathy Bates for the cancelled Harry's Law really is. If they were going with a broadcast network representative, Madeleine Stowe would have been much more deserving. This race will probably come down to Marguiles and Claire Danes with Danes having the early edge.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jared Harris, Mad Men (AMC)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Comments: Major shakeups in this category as only last year's winner Peter Dinklage is back on the nominee list. He could be a contender again but the Breaking Bad actors are most likely the favorites. The return of that show after a year off really impacted the drama nods.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Joanne Froggart, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Comments: The Good Wife and Downton Abbey take up 2/3 of this category and I think this one is anyone's race at this point.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)
Comments: Last year, all six nominees were from broadcast networks but this year HBO took half of those spots with Curb Your Enthusiasm coming back to the category as well as freshman hits Girls and Veep. Parks and Recreation was a MAJOR snub in this category, perhaps the biggest snub in the whole nominations list. Still, this looks like another year for Modern Family to win.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Comments: Several changes here as Jon Cryer scored a nod in his first year nominated in the lead actor category while Larry David returned to the category with Two and a Half Men and Don Cheadle got a surprise nomination for his first year series House of Lies. Despite these changes, it might be Jim Parsons as the favorite to win for a third year in a row.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (FOX)
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Comments: For some reason, there are seven nominees in this fiercely competitive category that includes buzzy stars of new series in Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Despite the snub for best series, this might be Amy Poehler's year because I don't see Melissa McCarthy repeating. But one of the newcomers could easily snag this as well.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Max Greenfield, New Girl (FOX)
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Comments: All the Modern Family men are nominated yet again. Eric Stonestreet won the first year and Ty Burrell the second year, will it be Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Ed O'Neill this time? Nick Offerman was snubbed once again for Parks and Recreation but there were somewhat surprising, yet deserving, nominations for Max Greenfield and Bill Hader.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Comments: The supporting actress category includes a posthumous nomination for previous winner Kathryn Joosten. Julie Bowen might be the favorite again unless there is a sentimental vote for Joosten or the departing Kristen Wiig. 

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