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Emmys 2012: Who got the nods
Emmy favorite "Mad Men" and grisly new series "American Horror Story" led the Emmy nominations with 17 each Thursday as cable shows completely shut out network dramas in the Outstanding Drama Series race for the first time in Emmy history.
"Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men" were nominated for the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. AMC's "Mad Men," a four-time winner in the category, would set a record with a fifth win.
Also read: Emmy Nominations: The Complete List
The Outstanding Comedy Series nominees were "The Big Bang Theory," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Girls," "Modern Family," "30 Rock" and "Veep."
Showtime's new "Homeland" joined the drama category for the first time, as did PBS' "Downton Abbey," which moved over from the movie or miniseries category, where it competed last year. "Breaking Bad" returned to the category after not airing in the eligibility period last year. They bumped "Dexter" and "The Good Wife," which were nominated last year. Another drama nominated last year, "Friday Night Lights," ended its run with that season.
The absence of CBS' "The Good Wife" from this year's nominees made it a cable sweep of the drama category.
FX's "American Horror Story," like "Abbey," benefited from choosing its category wisely. It could have entered as a drama, but instead competed as a movie or miniseries -- even though it will return for a second season. "American Horror Story" was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie along with HBO's "Game Change" and "Hemingway & Gellhorn," History's "Hatfields & McCoys," BBC America's "Luther," and PBS's "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)."
"Glee," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" were all bumped from the comedy category after being nominated last year. "Curb," which didn't air in the eligibility period last year, returned. Two other HBO shows, the new "Girls" and "Veep," which aired back-to-back last season, also joined the category. That meant HBO owned half of the entries in the comedy race.
Also read: List of the Most-Nominated Shows
Cable's dominating the drama category and half of the comedy category continued a long trend of Emmy voters favoring premium cable networks over the networks. HBO had the most nods this year with 81, followed by CBS with 60 and PBS with 58.
"Girls" creator and star Lena Dunham landed a nomination for best lead comedic actress, as did Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep." Zooey Deschanel was another new additon to the category for Fox's "New Girl." Returning nominees included Amy Poehler ("Parks") and past winners Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie.")
Among the biggest surprises were the posthumous supporting dramatic actress nod for Kathryn Joosten for her portrayal of the ornery Mrs. McCluskey on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and Don Cheadle's outstanding comedic actor nomination for his work as a morally flexible management consultant on Showtime's new "House of Lies."
Joining Cheadle in the lead comedic actor category were returning nominees Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Louis C.K.