TV News: ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Modern Family’ Lead Emmy Nominations

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CHICAGOHBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and ABC’s “Modern Family” were two of the big winners on Thursday morning when the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations. All six adult performers on the ABC comedy hit were nominated. Other major category nominees include favorites like AMC’s “Mad Men,” NBC’s “The Office,” and FOX’s “Glee.”

There were barely any major surprises on nomination morning, but the ineligibility of programs like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Breaking Bad” did allow for a few major new nominations, including first-time series nods for “Friday Night Lights” and “Parks and Recreation.” Other wonderful first-time choices include Louis C.K. of “Louie,” Mireille Enos & Michelle Forbes of “The Killing,” Martha Plimpton of “Raising Hope,” Steve Buscemi & Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire,” and, for the first time, Ed O’Neill of “Modern Family.” And, while it’s disappointing that “Justified” couldn’t be nominated for Best Drama, seeing Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and Margo Martindale get nominated is a credit to the quality of that show.

We’ll get to the snubs but fans of “Community” have every reason to be furious, especially after nearly everyone predicted at least Joel McHale would be recognized. We got “Parks and Rec” in this year. Maybe next year it will be “Community.”

Return to HollywoodChicago.com for the 10 Biggest Snubs of 2011 tomorrow morning and make sure to listen to WGN-AM Radio on Saturday morning at 9:20AM for analysis. Stay tuned through the entire Emmy season for all your awards news.

BEST DRAMA
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Dexter”
“Friday Night Lights”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“Mad Men”

BEST COMEDY
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Glee”
“Modern Family”
“The Office”
“Parks and Recreation”
“30 Rock”

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Margo Martindale, Justifed
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runaway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

BEST MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
Pillars of the Earth
Too Big to Fail

Go to Emmys.com for a full list of nominees.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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