Television
64th Primetime Emmy Nominations Revealed
By LaDale Anderson
Jul 19, 2012 - 6:47:05 AM

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HOLLYWOOD
—The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, July 19 by actress Kerry Washington from ABC’s “Scandal” and late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel.  It has become a growing trend in recent years with a battle between cable television and network television and this year cable networks have won again.

 

The cable networks dominated contenders for Outstanding Drama Series which includes “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,”  "Games of Thrones" and “Mad Men.”  I am completely stunned that ABC’s “Revenge” didn’t sneak in a nomination in this category.  It was been hands down one of the most intriguing shows on TV this season.   

 

In the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominees include Hugh Bonneville “Downton Abbey,” Steve Buscemi “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad,” Michael C. Hall “Dexter” Jon Hamm “Mad Men” and Damian Lewis “Homeland.”  This category will be a battle between Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm in my opinion; Hamm has been nominated so many times it would be terrific to see him win, but Cranston has had a stellar year so it could be his time to shine.

 

Contenders for Lead Actress in a Drama include Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men,” Julianna Margulies “The Good Wife,” Kathy Bates “Harry’s Law,” Claire Danes “Homeland,” Michelle Dockery “Downton Abbey” and Glenn Close “Damages.”   In the Supporting Actress race the women of “Downton Abbey” Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt will do battle against the women of “The Good Wife” Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski.  Also expect Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men” and Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” to stifle their chances.

 

“Breaking Bad” co-stars Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito will face-off against “Downton Abbey” co-stars Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter for the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.  Other contenders in that race include “Games of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage and “Mad Men” alum Jared Harris.

 

Competing for the win for Outstanding Comedy Series are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Veep,” “Girls,” “Modern Family” and “30 Rock.”  It would have been nice to see “New Girl” with a nomination for its fresh premise and kooky characters, but perhaps next year. 

 

Nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series include Tina Fey “30 Rock,” Melissa McCarthy “Mike and Molly,” Lena Dunham “Girls,” Zooey Deschanel “New Girl,” Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie,” Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”  and Julia Louis-Dreyfus “Veep.”  This is truly a tough category with so many powerhouses competing.  Many are thinking this is Amy Poehler’s year, but she has some tough competition against her. 

 

For Lead Actor in a Comedy Series the contenders include Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory,” Alec Baldwin “30 Rock,” John Cryer “Two and a Half Men,” Don Cheadle “House of Lies” and Louie CK “Louie.”

 

Nominees for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series include “Modern Family” co-stars Julie Bowen and Sophia Vergara, alongside Kristen Wiig “Saturday Night Live,” Kathryn Joosten “Desperate Housewives,” Merritt Wever “Nurse Jackie” and Mayiam Bialik “The Big Bang Theory.”   The gentlemen competing for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series is dominated by Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O’Neill from “Modern Family,” but they might cancel each other out, giving Max Greenfield “New Girl” or Bill Hader “Saturday Night Live” with the win.

 

There were quite a few surprises with the nominations this morning. No love was shown to the ladies of “Desperate Housewives.”  I expected at least a nomination for Madeline Stowe for Lead Actress in the drama category for her sensational work on “Revenge.”  The same for her co-star Emily Van Camp.  Kelsey Grammar was shut-out for his series “Boss” and so was Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes.”  The Emmy awards will be handed out on September 23 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.  The ceremony will be televised on ABC and will be hosted by funnymen Jimmy Kimmel. 



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