Emmys 2011: 'Mad Men,' 'Mildred Pierce' lead nominees; 'FNL,' 'Game of Thrones' break through
The final season of "Friday Night Lights" scored its first nomination for best drama series, and a pair of first-year HBO shows, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones," will compete for best drama as well. The best comedy category is more familiar, with "Parks and Recreation" the only show that wasn't nominated last year.
HBO's miniseries "Mildred Pierce" is the leading nominee overall with 21 nods, followed by "Mad Men" with 19. "Boardwalk Empire" snagged 18 nominations and "Modern Family" 17.
In addition to "FNL," "Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire," "Mad Men," "Dexter" and "The Good Wife" are up for outstanding drama series. The outstanding comedy contenders are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "The Office" and "Parks and Rec."
"Modern Family," incidentally, also snagged four of the six nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy: Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are all repeat nominees from last year, and Ed O'Neill joins them this time. Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara scored nominations as well.
Also of note: Multiple Emmy-winning octogenarians Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland") and Cloris Leachman ("Raising Hope") were nominated for supporting actress in a comedy and guest actress in a comedy; four actors from FX's "Justified" -- Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins and Jeremy Davies -- earned acting nominations; and Matt LeBlanc, a three-time nominee for "Friends," earned a fourth nomination for playing himself in Showtime's "Episodes."
Melissa McCarthy, who announced the nominees with "Fringe's" Joshua Jackson, also scored a nomination for her role on "Mike & Molly."
The 63rd annual Primetime Emmys are set to air Sept. 18 on FOX.
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