TV News: ‘Glee,’ ‘Modern Family,’ ‘The Good Wife’ Lead Emmy Nominees

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CHICAGO – The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences took our advice and embraced several new programs with today’s Emmy nominations, citing new shows “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “The Good Wife” as among the best of the last year. Overall, “Glee” scored an amazing 19 nominations and all but one of the major six players on “Modern Family” landed an acting nod.

The phenomenonal “Glee” landed nods in Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Matthew Morrison), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Lea Michele), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Chris Colfer), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Jane Lynch).

Ty Burrell in Modern Family
Ty Burrell in Modern Family
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Meanwhile, half of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominees hail from ABC’s “Modern Family” — Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet — with only Ed O’Neill being omitted. The two women on the show — Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara — were nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the show will compete for Outstanding Comedy Series.

The big category in Comedy went exactly as we suggested with “Glee” and “Modern Family” competing with “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock.” Kudos to the Academy for recognizing that “Entourage” and “Weeds” had down years and not reflexively nominating them again.

Outstanding Drama Series featured some excellently chosen new blood as well with “The Good Wife” and “True Blood” landing their first nominations. They’ll compete against “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “Mad Men,” and the final season of “Lost.”

There were several surprises in the acting categories including recognition of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton for their great work on “Friday Night Lights,” Andre Braugher for his supporting turn on “Men of a Certain Age,” Sharon Gless for her performance on “Burn Notice,” and both Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi landing nods for “The Good Wife.”

The shut-out of “Community” and “Justified” is a bit disappointing and “True Blood“‘s failure to land a single acting nomination is odd but, overall, the list of nominess indicates a strong shift in the Academy to the positive side after years of being ridiculed for often picking undeserving nominees. Come back to HollywoodChicago.com on Monday for a full list of who we think are the most snubbed performers from last year.

Complete List of Nominees, Courtesy of Mediaweek:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Idol (Fox)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Top Chef (Bravo)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES
The Pacific (HBO)
Return to Cranford (Masterpiece, PBS)

OUTSTANDING MADE-FOR TV MOVIE
Endgame (Masterpiece, PBS)
Georgia O’Keefe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (History Channel)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, NBC)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Matthew Fox (Lost, ABC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, NBC)
Glenn Close (Damages, TNT)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
January Jones (Mad Men, AMC)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO)
Matthew Morrison (Glee, Fox)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk, USA)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Lea Michele (Glee, Fox)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jeff Bridges (A Dog Year, HBO)
Ian McKellan (Two, AMC)
Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)
Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship, HBO)
Michael Sheen (The Special Relationship, HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe, Lifetime)
Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, HBO)
Hope Davis (The Special Relationship, HBO)
Dame Judi Dench (Return to Cranford, Masterpiece, PBS)
Maggie Smith (Capturing Mary, HBO)

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars, ABC)
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race, CBS)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway, Lifetime)
Jeff Probst (Survivor, CBS)
Ryan Secrest (American Idol, Fox)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age, TNT)
Michael Emerson (Lost, ABC)
Terry O’Quinn (Lost, ABC)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Martin Short (Damages, FX)
John Slattery (Mad Men, AMC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, CBS)
Rose Byrne (Damages, FX)
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice, USA)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, AMC)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, AMC)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, CBS)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC)
Chris Colfer (Glee, Fox)
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, ABC)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family, ABC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen (Modern Family, ABC)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, NBC)
Jane Lynch (Glee, Fox)
Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, ABC)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Michael Gambon (Emma, Masterpiece, PBS)
John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)
Jonathan Pryce (Return to Cranford, Masterpiece, PBS)
Patrick Stewart (Hamlet, Great Performances, PBS)
David Stathairn (Temple Grandin, HBO)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kathy Bates (Alice, Syfy)
Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin, HBO)
Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, HBO)
Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)
Brenda Vaccaro (You Don’t Know Jack, HBO)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, CBS)
Beau Bridges (The Closer, TNT)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, CBS)
Ted Danson (Damages, FX)
Gregory Itzin (24, Fox)
John Lithgow (Dexter, Showtime)
Robert Morse (Mad Men, AMC)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Shirley Jones (The Cleaner, A&E)
Mary Kay Place (Big Love, HBO)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, ABC)
Sissy Spacek (Big Love, HBO)
Lily Tomlin (Damages, FX)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Will Arnett (30 Rock, NBC)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock, NBC)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee, Fox)
Mike O’Malley (Glee, Fox)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie, Showtime)
Fred Willard (Modern Family, ABC)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Kristen Chenoweth (Glee, Fox)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, NBC)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives, ABC)
Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock, NBC)
Betty White (Saturday Night Live, NBC)

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