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Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Glee • FOX • Ryan Murphy Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

The Office • NBC • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media Studios

Parks And Recreation • NBC • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts and Universal Media Studios

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO • Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Dexter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Chip Johannessen Productions

Friday Night Lights • DirecTV • Imagine Entertainment in association with Universal Media Studios and Film 44

Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Grok and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Productions

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter - The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc - Episodes • Showtime
Louis C.K. as Louie - Louie • FX Networks
Steve Carell as Michael Scott - The Office • NBC
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison - The Big C • Showtime
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn - Mike & Molly • CBS
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton - Nurse Jackie • Showtime
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope - Parks And Recreation • NBC
Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance - Raising Hope • FOX
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon - 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson - Boardwalk Empire • HBO
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan - Dexter • Showtime
Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor - Friday Night Lights • DirecTV
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House - House • FOX
Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens - Justified • FX Networks
Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor - Friday Night Lights • DirecTV
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick - The Good Wife • CBS
Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn - Harry's Law • NBC
Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden - The Killing • AMC
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson - Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel - Glee • FOX
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett - Modern Family • ABC
Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett - Modern Family • ABC
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker - Modern Family • ABC
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy - Modern Family • ABC
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper - Two And A Half Men • CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester - Glee • FOX
Betty White as Elka Ostrosky - Hot In Cleveland • TV Land
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy - Modern Family • ABC
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - Modern Family • ABC
Kristen Wiig as Various characters - Saturday Night Live • NBC
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney - 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister - Game Of Thrones • HBO
Josh Charles as Will Gardner - The Good Wife • CBS
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold - The Good Wife • CBS
Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder - Justified • FX Networks
John Slattery as Roger Sterling - Mad Men • AMC
Andre Braugher as Owen - Men Of A Certain Age • TNT

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder - Boardwalk Empire • HBO
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma - The Good Wife • CBS
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart - The Good Wife • CBS
Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett - Justified • FX Networks
Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen - The Killing • AMC
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris - Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Miniseries/Made For Television Movie
Cinema Verite • HBO • A Pariah Production in association with HBO Films

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS • A co-production of Carnival and Masterpiece

The Kennedys • ReelzChannel • A Muse Entertainment Production in association with Asylum Entertainment

Mildred Pierce • HBO • A Killer Films/John Wells Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and HBO Miniseries

The Pillars Of The Earth • Starz • Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment in association with Scott Free Films

Too Big To Fail • HBO • A Spring Creek and A Deuce Three Production in association with HBO Films

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Edgar Ramirez as Carlos - Carlos • Sundance Channel
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy - The Kennedys • ReelzChannel
Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy - The Kennedys • ReelzChannel
Idris Elba as John Luther - Luther • BBC America
Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall - Thurgood • HBO
William Hurt as Henry 'Hank' Paulson - Too Big To Fail • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Diane Lane as Patricia Loud - Cinema Verite • HBO
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham - Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS
Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin - Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story • Lifetime
Jean Marsh as Rose Buck - Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece) • PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy - The Kennedys • ReelzChannel
Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Brian F. O'Byrne as Bert Pierce - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke - Too Big To Fail • HBO
James Woods as Richard Fuld - Too Big To Fail • HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS
Evan Rachel Wood as Veda Pierce - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Melissa Leo as Lucy Gessler - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Mare Winningham as Ida - Mildred Pierce • HBO
Eileen Atkins as Lady Maud Holland - Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Episodes • Episode 107 • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
David Crane, Written By
Jeffrey Klarik, Written By

Louie • Poker/Divorce • FX Networks • FX Productions
Louis C.K., Written By

Modern Family • Caught In The Act • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Steve Levitan, Written By
Jeffrey Richman, Written By

The Office • Good-Bye Michael • NBC • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media Studios
Greg Daniels, Written By

30 Rock • Reaganing • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studios
Matt Hubbard, Written By

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Friday Night Lights • Always • DirecTV • Imagine Entertainment in association with Universal Media Studios and Film 44
Jason Katims, Written By

Game Of Thrones • Baelor • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Grok and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
David Benioff, Written By
D.B. Weiss, Written By

The Killing • Pilot • AMC • Fox Television Studios
Veena Sud, Written By

Mad Men • The Suitcase • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Matthew Weiner, Written By

Mad Men • Blowing Smoke • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Andre Jacquemetton, Written By
Maria Jacquemetton, Written By

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS • A co-production of Carnival and Masterpiece
Julian Fellowes, Written By

Mildred Pierce • HBO • A Killer Films/John Wells Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and HBO Miniseries
Todd Haynes, Written By
Jon Raymond, Written By

Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece) • PBS • A Hartswood Films production for BBC cymru wales, co-produced with Masterpiece
Steven Moffat, Written By

Too Big To Fail • HBO • A Spring Creek and A Deuce Three Production in association with HBO Films
Peter Gould, Written By

Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece) • PBS • A co-production of BBC Wales and WGBH Boston
Heidi Thomas, Written By

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions
Barry Julien, Head Writer
Stephen Colbert, Writer
Tom Purcell, Writer
Richard Dahm, Writer
Michael Brumm, Writer
Rob Dubbin, Writer
Opus Moreschi, Writer
Peter Gwinn, Writer
Jay Katsir, Writer
Frank Lesser, Writer
Glenn Eichler, Writer
Meredith Scardino, Writer
Max Werner, Writer
Eric Drysdale, Writer
Scott Sherman, Writer
Dan Guterman, Writer
Paul Dinello, Writer

Conan • TBS • Conaco LLC
Mike Sweeney, Head Writer
Conan O'Brien, Writer
Andy Richter, Writer
Frank Smiley, Writer
Jose Arroyo, Writer
Andres du Bouchet, Writer
Deon Cole, Writer
Josh Comers, Writer
Dan Cronin, Writer
Michael Gordon, Writer
Berkley Johnson, Writer
Brian Kiley, Writer
Laurie Kilmartin, Writer
Rob Kutner, Writer
Todd Levin, Writer
Brian McCann, Writer
Matt O'Brien, Writer
Brian Stack, Writer

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Steve Bodow, Head Writer
Tim Carvell, Head Writer
Rory Albanese, Writer
Kevin Bleyer, Writer
Rich Blomquist, Writer
Wyatt Cenac, Writer
Hallie Haglund, Writer
JR Havlan, Writer
Elliott Kalan, Writer
Josh Lieb, Writer
Sam Means, Writer
Jo Miller, Writer
John Oliver, Writer
Daniel Radosh, Writer
Jason Ross, Writer
Jon Stewart, Writer

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC • Produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video
AD Miles, Head Writer
David Angelo, Writer
Patrick Borelli, Writer
Michael Blieden, Writer
Gerard Bradford, Writer
Jeremy Bronson, Writer
Michael Dicenzo, Writer
Jimmy Fallon, Writer
Eric Ledgin, Writer
Morgan Murphy, Writer
Robert Patton, Writer
Gavin Purcell, Writer
Amy Ozols, Writer
Diallo Riddle, Writer
Bashir Salahuddin, Writer
Justin Shanes, Writer
Michael Shoemaker, Writer
Jon Rineman, Writer
Bobby Tisdale, Writer

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Doug Abeles, Writer
James Anderson, Writer
Alex Baze, Writer
Heather Anne Campbell, Writer
Jessica Conrad, Writer
Matt Craig, Writer
James Downey, Writer
Tom Flanigan, Writer
Shelly Gossman, Writer
Steve Higgins, Writer
Erik Kenward, Writer
Rob Klein, Writer
Seth Meyers, Writer
Lorne Michaels, Writer
John Mulaney, Writer
Christine Nangle, Writer
Michael Patrick O'Brien, Writer
Paula Pell, Writer
Simon Rich, Writer
Marika Sawyer, Writer
Akiva Schaffer, Writer
Sarah Schneider, Writer
John Solomon, Writer
Kent Sublette, Writer
Bryan Tucker, Writer
Jorma Taccone, Writer
Colin Jost, Writer

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short • HBO • CQE and Brillstein Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment
Colin Quinn, Written By

Louis C.K.: Hilarious • EPIX • Hilarious Inc
Louis C.K., Written By

Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit For Autism Education • Comedy Central • Busboy Productions & Central Productions
Eric Slovin, Head Writer
Russ Armstrong, Writer
Andrew Blitz, Writer
RJ Fried, Writer
Brian Huskey, Writer
Anthony King, Writer
Dan Mintz, Writer
Jason Reich, Writer
Craig Rowin, Writer
Andy Secunda, Writer
Robert Smigel, Writer
Anthony Jeselnik, Additional Material Written By
Adam Moerder, Additional Material Written By

The Real Women Of SNL • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Paula Pell, New Material Written By
Seth Meyers, New Material Written By
Emily Spivey, New Material Written By
John Solomon, New Material Written By

64th Annual Tony Awards • CBS • White Cherry Entertainment in association with Tony Award Productions
Dave Boone, Written By
Matt Roberts, Special Material By
Mo Rocca, Special Material By

Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations • Haiti • Travel Channel • Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Anthony Bourdain, Written By

Freedom Riders • PBS • A production of Firelight Films for American Experience
Stanley Nelson, Written By

Gasland • HBO • An International WOW Company Production in association with HBO Documentary Films
Josh Fox, Written By

Gettysburg • HISTORY • Produced by ScottFree Productions in association with Herzog & Company for HISTORY
Richard Bedser, Written By
Ed Fields, Written By

Moguls & Movie Stars • The Birth Of Hollywood • TCM • Produced by TCM in association with Ostar Productions
Jon Wilkman, Written By

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
How I Met Your Mother • Subway Wars • CBS • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Pamela Fryman, Directed by

Modern Family • Halloween • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Michael Alan Spiller, Directed by

Modern Family • Slow Down Your Neighbors • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Gail Mancuso, Directed by

Modern Family • See You Next Fall • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Steve Levitan, Directed by

30 Rock • Live Show • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studios
Beth McCarthy-Miller, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • Boardwalk Empire (Pilot) • HBO • Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Martin Scorsese, Directed by

Boardwalk Empire • Anastasia • HBO • Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Jeremy Podeswa, Directed by

The Borgias • The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin • Showtime • Showtime Presents in association with Take 5 Productions and Octagon Films
Neil Jordan, Directed by

Game Of Thrones • Winter Is Coming (Pilot) • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, 360 Television, Grok and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Tim Van Patten, Directed by

The Killing • Pilot • AMC • Fox Television Studios
Patty Jenkins, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Carlos • Sundance Channel • Daniel Leconte/Film en Stock with the participation of Canal Plus and ARTE in association with Sundance Channel, co-produced by Egoli Tossel
Olivier Assayas, Directed by

Cinema Verite • HBO • A Pariah Production in association with HBO Films
Shari Springer Berman, Directed by
Robert Pulcini, Directed by

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • Part 1 • PBS • A co-production of Carnival and Masterpiece
Brian Percival, Directed by

Mildred Pierce • HBO • A Killer Films/John Wells Production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and HBO Miniseries
Todd Haynes, Directed by

Too Big To Fail • HBO • A Spring Creek and A Deuce Three Production in association with HBO Films
Curtis Hanson, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
American Idol • Episode 1024/1025A • FOX • FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Limited
Gregg Gelfand, Directed by

The Colbert Report • Episode 6112 • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions
James Hoskinson, Directed by

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Episode 16048 • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC
Chuck O'Neil, Directed by

Late Show With David Letterman • Show 3333 • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc.
Jerry Foley, Directed by

Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin Timberlake • NBC • SNL Studios in
association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Don Roy King, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
83rd Annual Academy Awards • ABC • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Don Mischer, Directed by

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards • CBS • John Cossette Productions in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures
Louis J. Horvitz, Directed by

Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden • HBO • Mermaid Films in association with HBO Entertainment
Laurieann Gibson, Directed by

Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (Great Performances) • PBS • Ellen M. Krass Productions and Thirteen in association with
Lonny Price, Directed by

64th Annual Tony Awards • CBS • White Cherry Entertainment in association with Tony Award Productions
Glenn Weiss, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming
The Amazing Race • You Don't Get Paid Unless You Win • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.
Bertram van Munster, Directed by
American Masters • A Letter To Elia/Reflecting On Kazan • PBS • A
Production of Sikelia Productions with Far Hills Pictures in association with Thirteen’s American Masters for
Martin Scorsese, Directed by
Kent Jones, Directed by

Becoming Chaz • OWN • World of Wonder Productions
Fenton Bailey, Directed by
Randy Barbato, Directed by

Gasland • HBO • An International WOW Company Production in association with HBO Documentary Films
Josh Fox, Directed by

Top Chef • Give Me Your Huddled Masses • Bravo • Magical Elves
Paul Starkman, Directed by

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Idris Elba as Lenny - The Big C • Showtime
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman - Modern Family • ABC
Zach Galifianakis, Host - Saturday Night Live • NBC
Justin Timberlake, Host - Saturday Night Live • NBC
Matt Damon as Carol - 30 Rock • NBC
Will Arnett as Devin Banks - 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow - Big Love • HBO
Beau Bridges as Nick Brody - Brothers & Sisters • ABC
Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning - The Good Wife • CBS
Paul McCrane as Josh Peyton - Harry's Law • NBC
Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett - Justified • FX Networks
Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper - Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes - Glee • FOX
Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste - Glee • FOX
Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday - Glee • FOX
Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw - Raising Hope • FOX
Tina Fey, Host - Saturday Night Live • NBC
Elizabeth Banks as Avery - 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Mary McDonnell as Capt. Sharon Raydor - The Closer • TNT
Julia Stiles as Lumen Pierce - Dexter • Showtime
Loretta Devine as Adele Webber - Grey's Anatomy • ABC
Randee Heller as Miss Blankenship - Mad Men • AMC
Cara Buono as Faye Miller - Mad Men • AMC
Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson - Shameless • Showtime
Alfre Woodard as Ruby Jean Reynolds - True Blood • HBO

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

Conan • TBS • Conaco LLC

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC • Produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video

Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO • Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On • HBO • Miss M Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Carrie Fisher In Wishful Drinking • HBO • A World of Wonder Production in association with HBO Documentary Films

The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS • A George Stevens Jr. Presentation, Kennedy Center Television Productions

Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden • HBO • Mermaid Films in association with HBO Entertainment

The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway • HBO • Herman World Productions and Funny Business Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow • PBS • WGBH Boston
Marsha Bemko, Executive Producer
Sam Farrell, Supervising Producer

Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel •
Produced by Original Productions, LLC for Discovery Communications
Thom Beers, Executive Producer
Jeff Conroy, Executive Producer
Paul Gasek, Executive Producer for Discovery Channel
Tracy Rudolph, Executive Producer for Discovery Channel
Matt Renner, Co-Executive Producer
Sheila McCormack, Supervising Producer
Ethan Prochnik, Series Producer
Steven Robillard, Senior Producer
Todd Stanley, Producer

Hoarders • A&E • Screaming Flea
Productions, Inc. for A&E Networks
Matt Chan, Executive Producer
Dave Severson, Executive Producer
Jodi Flynn, Executive Producer
Robert Sharenow, Executive Producer for A&E
Andrew Berg, Executive Producer for A&E
George Butts, Series Producer
Pat Barnes, Series Producer

Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List • Bravo • Picture This Television
Bryan Scott, Executive Producer
Lisa M. Tucker, Executive Producer
Kathy Griffin, Executive Producer
Danny Salles, Executive Producer
Cori Abraham, Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen, Executive Producer
Jenn Levy, Executive Producer

MythBusters • Discovery Channel • Produced by Beyond Productions Pty. Ltd. for The Discovery Channel
Jamie Hyneman, Executive Producer
Adam Savage, Executive Producer
Dan Tapster, Executive Producer
John Luscombe, Executive Producer
Tracy Rudolph, Executive Producer for Discovery Channel
Alice Dallow, Producer
Lauren Williams, Producer

Undercover Boss • CBS • Studio Lambert
Eli Holzman, Executive Producer
Stephen Lambert, Executive Producer
Chris Carlson, Executive Producer
Susan Hoenig, Co-Executive Producer
Sandi Johnson, Co-Executive Producer
Allison Schermerhorn, Supervising Producer

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.
Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer
Elise Doganieri, Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer
Mark Vertullo, Executive Producer
Evan Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer
Dan Coffie, Co-Executive Producer
Giselle Parets, Supervising Producer
Michael Norton, Supervising Producer
Barry Hennessey, Supervising Producer
Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer
Patrick Cariaga, Supervising Producer
Phil Keoghan, Supervising Producer
Michael Miller, Supervising Producer
Bob Parr, Senior Producer
Neil Jahss, Senior Producer

American Idol • FOX • FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Limited
Ken Warwick, Executive Producer
Simon Fuller, Executive Producer
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Executive Producer
Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer
Charles Boyd, Co-Executive Producer
Patrick M. Lynn, Supervising Producer
Megan Michaels, Supervising Producer
Ron DeShay, Senior Producer
Norm Betts, Senior Producer
Theodore Dimitriou, Producer
Katie Fennelly, Producer
Melanie Oberman, Producer
Brian Robinson, Producer

Dancing With The Stars • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Conrad Green, Executive Producer
Joe Sungkur, Co-Executive Producer
Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Co-Executive Producer
Rob Wade, Co-Executive Producer
Kim Kilbey, Supervising Producer
Tara West, Senior Producer
Deena Katz, Senior Producer
Renana Barkan, Senior Producer
Dan Martin, Senior Producer
Joshua Firosz, Senior Producer
Josh Figgs, Producer
Drew Seltzer, Producer
John Birkitt, Producer

Project Runway • Lifetime • The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture
Harvey Weinstein, Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein, Executive Producer
Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer
Sara Rea, Executive Producer
Heidi Klum, Executive Producer
Jane Cha, Executive Producer
Desiree Gruber, Executive Producer
Joann Alfano, Executive Producer
David Hillman, Executive Producer
Barbara Schneeweiss, Executive Producer
Colleen Sands, Co-Executive Producer
Gil Goldschein, Co-Executive Producer
Lisa Fletcher, Supervising Producer
Sasha Alpert, Producer
Michael Carroll, Producer
Trish Norton, Producer

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • Dick Clark Productions in association with 19 Entertainment
Barry Adelman, Executive Producer
Simon Fuller, Executive Producer
Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer
James Breen, Co-Executive Producer
Jeff Thacker, Co-Executive Producer
Zoe Brown, Supervising Producer
Mike Yurchuk, Senior Producer
Dan Sacks, Senior Producer
Adam Cooper, Producer
Mike Deffina, Producer
Hope Wilson, Producer
Brian Robinson, Producer

Top Chef • Bravo • Magical Elves
Dan Cutforth, Executive Producer
Jane Lipsitz, Executive Producer
Nan Strait, Executive Producer
Casey Kriley, Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen, Executive Producer
Dave Serwatka, Executive Producer
Andrew Wallace, Co-Executive Producer
Chaz Gray, Co-Executive Producer
Gaylen Gawlowski, Co-Executive Producer
Tom Colicchio, Co-Executive Producer
Erica Ross, Supervising Producer
Sue Kolinsky, Supervising Producer
Shea Spencer, Supervising Producer
Doneen Arquines, Senior Producer
Christian Homlish, Senior Producer
Jaymee Johnson, Senior Producer

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan as Host - The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.

Ryan Seacrest as Host - American Idol • FOX • FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Limited

Tom Bergeron as Host - Dancing With The Stars • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions

Cat Deeley as Host - So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • Dick Clark Productions in association with 19 Entertainment

Jeff Probst as Host - Survivor • CBS • SEG Inc.

Outstanding Nonfiction

Outstanding Nonfiction Series

Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking

Outstanding Animated Program
The Cleveland Show • Murray Christmas •
FOX • Fox Television Animation

Futurama • The Late Philip J. Fry • Comedy
Central • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III •
Cartoon Network • ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

The Simpsons • Angry Dad - The Movie • FOX • Gracie Films in association with
Twentieth Century Fox Television

South Park • Crack Baby Athletic Association • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program
Adventure Time • It Came From The Nightosphere • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa • ABC • Walt Disney Studios

Regular Show • Mordecai And The Rigbys • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Robot Chicken • Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special • Cartoon Network •
ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

SpongeBob SquarePants • That Sinking Feeling • Nickelodeon • Nickelodeon

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  • July 14, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Aww, I miss LOST

    by 3D-Man

  • July 14, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Amazing that Terry O'Quinn got nominated last year

    by theGoldbergV

    He admitted himself he had no idea what he was supposed to be playing as NotLocke. The Emmys are all politics, why else would the best drama series ever have never won a single one? Would be great to see John Noble get a nod, played 3 versions of the same character and owned them all.

  • July 14, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Peter Dinklage

    by CuervoJones

    He deserves the award.

  • July 14, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    hopefully Mad Men will not win Best Drama

    by Titus05

    never watched it and have no interest in it...some great dramas got screwed because of Mad Men...Breaking Bad should have at least 1 Emmy win for Best Drama...and I'm worried that Game of Thrones will get the shaft this year because of it

  • July 14, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Prepare for Nerd disappointment

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    I guarantee GOT will get the shaft. The old farts on the nominating committee have no respect for science fiction or fantasy they dismiss them out of hand. Trust me "Mad Men" sweeps on the strength of "The Suitcase" alone. My biggest complaint with the Emmy process is that a series is able to submit multiple episodes for nomination. I love "30 Rock" but, it should not get multiple nominations for writing and crowd out other great series. And If "Louie" isn't nominated for best comedy that will be a crime.

  • July 14, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones wont win shit

    by professorjack

    i get that the geeks love it, but you are delusional if you think it has the mainstream love. Especially form middle aged emmy voters who dont give a shit about the boring dragon show

  • July 14, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    by Xen11

    Didn't get nominated for Best Drama. Neither did The Shield. Fuck these awards shows, they mean nothing and have absolutely no credibility. They are merely a popularity contest.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones VS. Mad Men

    by osufan77

    Mad Men is really not THAT great of a show. I mean, I watch it, but it has NOTHING on Breaking Bad or GOT in my humble opinion. Peter Dinklage turned in one of the best acting performances I've seen in the last five years, and definitely deserves award consideration. The real crime would be if when the nominations are announced that GOT gets the shaft as some of you have already mentioned as a possibility. It really would be a crime if they weren't nomintated for best drama. I also hope Dexter takes some awards, that show is still putting out some great storylines and acting.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Dinklage got the nomination!

    by papapchickle

  • July 14, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    And so did Game of Thrones

    by papapchickle

  • July 14, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Steve Carell...

    by frankenberry

    ...should win an Emmy this year.

  • July 14, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Justified is Justified

    by buffywrestling

    Really very happy the actors got some noms,so I'll be focusing on that good instead of feeling bad that Communiy & Cougartown were shut out again.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Motz

    The complete list of nominees can be found here: And by my count GOT got 13 nominations! Including the key ones for best drama and best supporting actor for Ser Dinklage! That's a pretty damn good showing in my book for the first year of a so-called (by certain talkbackers at least) "boring dragon series".

  • July 14, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    WTF is up with that massive HP cover?

    by Truxton Spangler

    Looks like FNL got a going away prize. Olyphant! Goggins!!! Martindale! But nothing for the series. Louis CK! Forbes. Enos.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Forgot one.

    by Truxton Spangler

    Jeremy Davies! for guest actor.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I'd rather eat ground glass than sit through Big Bang Theory.

    by Executor

    I just don't get the love for that show. Whenever Parson accepts his awards and he's the same fucking person in real life, I think the jig is up. But no. They still love him. Oh, and good for Good for Friday Night Lights, Louis CK, and Justified. But why the lack of love for John Noble or Community?

  • July 14, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    SOA will get fucked again.

    by shutupfanboy

    Even Sutter on tweeter said he expects no nods this year again even for Katie. I love Game of Thrones, but its another nerd show like Heroes who will get the nod and never be heard from again.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I'll be surprised

    by Truxton Spangler

    if Mad Men doesn't steamroll this year. Walking Dead got a couple technical nominations. Aside from the two acting noms, The Killing also got writing and directing nods for the pilot. Many know the trajectory after that.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by angry kitty

    Here's a link to the list: As mentioned, Dinklage did get the nomination for best supporting actor in a drama, as did the GOT for best drama series. Interesting however- the Best Direction went to the Pilot, while Best Writing went to Baleor. (actually thought that would be the other way around- especially based on the strength of the final climatic execution scene) And Golden Crown is nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling in a Drama… which made me giggle abit.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Professorjack may be right but

    by skycrapper

    the fact that Game of Thrones was nominated 13 times over is pretty impressive. But he's right in that the Emmys suck and will give their dumb award to Alec Baldwin, 30 rock, and the boring ass Mad Men again and again and again.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    kirsten wiig????

    by john

    how can snl be listed as an entertainment show, and wiig be nominated for best supporting comedic actress? and they basically filled up all the spots for best supporting with modern family cast members...except for the kids bad year for mini series and movies mad men and boardwalk empire should sweep up

  • July 14, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    Should have gotten the comedy nod. Louie's acting is passable but, the real genius is the overall show.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    John Noble robbed again

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    he is clearly the best actor on network TV, and probably in the top 5 of tv actors working at the moment and should be a best supporting actor nominee, missed him last year and again

  • July 14, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    without Noble and Aaron Paul not eligable

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Dinklage should be a certainty

  • July 14, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    How did Cleveland Show beat American Dad and Famiy Guy?

    by frankenberry

    Of all the MacFarlane shows, how in the world did The Cleveland Show get the nomination? Doesn't make sense.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The Good Wife nominations

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    good show but it just doesn't compare to the stuff on cable, most of their nominations feel a diversity vote for the drama categories

  • July 14, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    If only Donald Glover could win an Emmy for Being Awesome.

    by Doctor_Strangepork


  • July 14, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I care more about Dinklage winning than Game of Thrones for some reason

    by templesweeper

    If you haven't seen Game of Thones and think it is just for nerds then that is your loss. Dinklage was freaking awesome. The character of Tyrion was written awesome, but it demanded an outstanding actor. Peter pulled it off brilliantly. I do hope the show wins, but I feel like so much of the weight of its success is due to Dinklage's performance. Glad the show has gotten recognition from the Emmy folk, though I tend to disagree with almost every award they hand out. It is worse than the Oscars in that respect. The only reason I care is because if Game of Thrones wins, hopefully that will bring in more of an audience who is willing to give it a shot since "it won" something.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    GoT will make fantasy cool again

    by Aziraphale_11

    Not unlike LOTR winning the Academy Awards, when GoT wins its Emmys, we'll hopefully see networks willing to create non-campy fantasy shows (and it WILL win some, hopefully the coveted Best Drama). Seriously, folks, for those of you, who think GoT is the "token nerd" show obviously don't have an inkling of what it's about. See for yourself, that is all.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones hasn't even truly started yet...

    by osufan77

    As a reader of those books for over 15 years now, viewers of the TV show haven't seen ANYTHING yet. The first season is equivilent to a prologue if anything. The real meat of the story is coming up over the next two to three seasons. That being said, I would expect GoT to be around for a LONG while, because the stories they get to draw from will be spectacular translations to dramatic television.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    SOA will never get any nods.

    by Shermdawg

    Sure it's enjoyable, but it's not that good. Certainly not on the level of stuff FX has put out that actually was deserving of a nod, like Rescue Me season two, Jack McGee, John Scurti. Thank god they didn't overlook Andre Braugher when it came to Thief. FX really should have picked that up.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Mad Men reins surpreme again this year

    by ATARI

  • July 14, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Down in the Treme

    by GodsRightHandGimp

    Fuck the emmys.

  • July 14, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Louie CK? Are you fucking kidding me??

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    And Mad Men is the most overrated show on TV.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Internet culture thinking GoT is the greatest ever...

    by JuntMonkey awful. I've read the first 4 books, they're great. I watched the show, it's pretty good. BUT THAT'S IT. It's not the greatest thing ever and it's certainly not better than Mad Men (it is probably better than Breaking Bad though). Dinklage is getting too much credit. It's a fun character to watch, but the performance itself is not outstanding. He's speaking lines and you know it, and the accent is obnoxious. This whole thing reeks of geeks having gotten what they want (Dinklage as Tyrion was talked about for years because he's the only dwarf actor anybody knows about) and being forced to justify that campaign as wildly successful no matter what the actual results were. The same thing will happen if, god forbid, Fillion gets the lead in Uncharted. The performance will be hailed as brilliant no matter what because geeks have too much vested in it already. To clarify, Dinklage's performance is fine but is not Best Supporting Actor material. Daenerys is better. It's such a gross thing that you guys have to take on this role of the oppressed geekdom who will never be understood by the mainstream. Thrones was pretty good, but not the best show of the year. Walking Dead's pilot was good, but the show turned out to be crap. In both of these cases, the mainstream loved the shows so I don't even know what there is to whine about. You should be more concerned with the mainstream never experiencing the joys of the massive story-arc throughout all 500 episodes of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion or whatever (completely made that up, I don't watch Japanese animation because it's for geeks).

  • And no Abed nom? 3 the 6 characters in the best Supporting Comedic Actors are gay characters (hello Gay Agenda), but you won't nominate a brown guy? one of the best characters on TV. Fucking spread the love.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    pennsy2011, you'll stop being so surprised when...

    by JacksParasites develop good taste in TV. No, we're not kidding you. Critics and audiences agree these shows are quite good.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Total nominations by network...

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    Nominations by network: HBO – 104 CBS – 50 NBC – 46 PBS - 43 FOX – 42 ABC – 40 AMC – 29 Showtime – 21 Comedy Central – 11 ReelzChannel – 10 Starz - 9 History Channel – 7 FX, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network - 6 Discovery, Bravo – 5 Travel Channel, DirecTV – 4 TVLand, TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime – 3 ESPN, EPIX, Disney Channel, A&E, Animal Planet, Bio, Sundance Channel – 2 CW, MTV, BBC America, SyFy, Disney XD, TeenNick, Fox Movie Channel, FUSE, USA – 1 each

  • July 14, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I agree that Emilia Clarke deserved a nomination

    by gumbyandpokey

    Of the actresses in the supporting actress category, only Margo Martindale in Justified was better. Christina Hendricks is OK, but two nominees from The Good Wife is ridiculous. Archie Panjabi was just a bone to the PC crowd.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by Mattman

    Get the fuck outta here.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    $5 says

    by Juggernaut125

    that Herc emphasizes the fact that Conan was nominated for an Emmy whereas Leno wasn't. And I totally agree that Danny Pudi should've garnered one of those Supporting Actor noms in stead of any one of those Modern Family guys.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    fair enough juntmonkey but

    by skycrapper

    I'm sorry MadMen is not a better show. I know it's the trendy character driven drama out there but I've tried it twice and I'm sorry, I just don't about "douchers" being "douchers" in an ad agency before the term was coined. Call me a geek that needs swords and dragons or whatever but that's how I see it.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    derp * that should be "I just don't care about..."

    by skycrapper

  • July 14, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Michelle Fairley and Sean Bean were robbed.

    by Flip63Hole

    Both did a great job in Thrones, especially Michelle...

  • July 14, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fringe robbed

    by Lovecraftfan

    Does nobody watch this amazing show. Noble plays two different complex chcaracters and Anna Torv plays three including Leonard Nimoy and they get nothing

  • July 14, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    by JuntMonkey

    Is it worth watching?

  • July 14, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    While its cool that GoT did get 13 noms

    by Cartagia

    It got flat out ROBBED in several categories. Technical ones no less, WTF? No Art Direction, Cinematography or Music noms? How the flying FUCK did this happen? Now, I love Modern Family, but how in the HELL did it get an Art Direction nod over GoT? Also, way to Olyphant! He fucking rocked Justified this year. And Ed O'Neill for getting the nod he was robbed of last year.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Top nominations by show....

    by Paul Hanlin Jr

    Not the full list, as there's about 150 programs that got 1 and 2 nominations, so I'll cut it off at 3: 21 Mildred Pierce 19 Mad Men 18 Boardwalk Empire 17 Modern Family 16 Saturday Night Live 13 Game Of Thrones, 30 Rock 12 Glee 11 Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail 10 American Idol, The Kennedys 9 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Cinema Verite, The Good Wife 8 So You Think You Can Dance 7 The Amazing Race, American Masters, Dancing With The Stars, Gettysburg, The Pillars Of The Earth 6 The Borgias, The Killing, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece) 5 The Big Bang The,ory, Dexter, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, How I Met Your Mother, Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden 4 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Any Human Heart (Masterpiece), Conan, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Deadliest Catch, Family Guy, Friday Night Lights, Gasland, Justified, The Office, Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece), Top Chef, True Blood

  • July 14, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Also, Community got nothing again. Bullshit.

    by Cartagia

    At MINIMUM it should have gotten a directing nod for one of the paintball episodes. That alone would make me happy.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Yay for Justified!

    by Thanos0145

    Congrats to Olyphant, Goggins, and Martindale on their nominations. Too bad the show didn't get a best drama nomination. Once again there is no love for John Noble.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Confused about Breaking Bad

    by sunwukong86

    Its on this list but its nowhere to be found on the Emmys website, anyone know what the deal is?

  • July 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones FTW

    by Judge Briggs

    Mad Men is so incredibly boring. However, I am going to give it another shot once it starts streaming on Netflix at the end of July.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Juntmonkey, I...

    by Hot_Nikks

    ...agree about GoT. I would also say that Dinklage is way too pretty in the role. The show is really good, but not because of the acting. Mattman, I'm out

  • July 14, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Oh wait this is last years, but still

    by sunwukong86

    Breaking Bad got robbed

  • July 14, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Sunwuk- Breaking Bad didn't air any eligible episodes

    by Cartagia

    Last season ended and that is why it got all the awards last year, and the new episodes are yet to air. So it'll be back next year.

  • July 14, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Fring was awful this year

    by StarQrtrs

    Torv doing Nimoy was just over the top stupid. Not to mention that Animation episode they did was one of the worst things I had ever seen on TV. I'm not a nerdy fan of Games of Throne, never read the books but that show was Fantastic and deserves whatever it gets.

  • Too bad nothing for Letterman either, the old dogs better step up their game or get out. Yay for Conan's nom! But did he deserve it? Is it a pity nom? Who knows.

  • July 14, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Herc, here is the assist, per your request

    by Himbo

    Drama Series "Boardwalk Empire" "Dexter" "Friday Night Lights" "Game of Thrones" "The Good Wife" "Mad Men" Drama, Lead Actor Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights" Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Hugh Laurie, "House" Timothy Olyphant, "Justified" Drama, Lead Actress Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" Mireille Enos, "The Killing" Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: SVU" Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" Comedy Series "30 Rock" "The Big Bang Theory" "Glee" "Modern Family" "The Office" "Parks and Recreation" Comedy, Lead Actor 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" Comedy, Lead Actress Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Tina Fey, "30 Rock" Laura Linney, "The Big C" Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly" Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope" Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" Comedy, Supporting Actor 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" Comedy, Supporting Actress 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" Drama, Supporting Actor 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" Drama, Supporting Actress Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" Michelle Forbes, "The Killing" Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire" Margo Martindale, "Justified" Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" TV Movie or Miniseries "Cinema Verité" "Downton Abbey" "The Kennedys" "Mildred Pierce" "Pillars of the Earth" "Too Big To Fail" Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos" Greg Kinnear, "The Kennedys" Barry Pepper, "The Kennedys" Idris Elba, "Luther" Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood" William Hurt, "Too Big To Fail" Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite" Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)" Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce" Taraji P. Henson, "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" Jean Marsh, "Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)" Supporting Actor in a Miniseries Or A Movie "The Kennedys" - Tom Wilkinson "Mildred Pierce" - Guy Pearce "Mildred Pierce" - Brian F. O'Byrne "Too Big To Fail" - Paul Giamatti "Too Big To Fail" - James Woods Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)" - Maggie Smith "Mildred Pierce" - Evan Rachel Wood "Mildred Pierce" - Melissa Leo "Mildred Pierce" - Mare Winningham "Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)" - Eileen Atkins Guest Actor in a Drama Series "Big Love" - Bruce Dern "Brothers & Sisters" - Beau Bridges "The Good Wife" - Michael J. Fox "Harry's Law" - Paul McCrane "Justified" - Jeremy Davies "Mad Men" - Robert Morse Guest Actress in a Comedy Series "Glee" - Kristin Chenoweth "Glee" - Dot-Marie Jones "Glee" - Gwyneth Paltrow "Raising Hope" - Cloris Leachman "Saturday Night Live" - Tina Fey "30 Rock" - Elizabeth Banks Reality Competition "The Amazing Race" "American Idol" "Dancing With the Stars" "Project Runway" "So You Think You Can Dance" "Top Chef" Reality Host Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars" Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" Jeff Probst, "Survivor" Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking "Freedom Riders" "Gasland" "The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers (POV)" Sound Editing for a Series "Boardwalk Empire" "CSI: NY" "Game Of Thrones" "Nikita" "True Blood" "The Walking Dead" Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie Or A Special "Any Human Heart (Masterpiece)" "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)" "Mildred Pierce" "The Pillars Of The Earth" Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) "The Amazing Race" "American Idol" "American Masters" "Baseball: The Tenth Inning" "Gettysburg" "Whale Wars" Sound Mixing for a Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour) "Boardwalk Empire" "Burn Notice" "Dexter" "Glee" "House" "Mad Men" Sound Mixing for a Miniseries Or A Movie "Cinema Verite" "The Kennedys" "Mildred Pierce" "Too Big To Fail" Sound Mixing for a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation "Californication" "Family Guy" "Modern Family" "The Office" "Parks And Recreation" Sound Mixing for a Variety Or Music Series Or Special "83rd Annual Academy Awards" "American Idol" finale "The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards" Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming "The Amazing Race" "American Idol" "American Masters" "Deadliest Catch" "Gettysburg" Special Visual Effects for a Series "Boardwalk Empire" "The Borgias" "Game Of Thrones" "Stargate Universe" "The Walking Dead" Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie Or A Special "Gettysburg" "Mildred Pierce" "The Pillars Of The Earth" "Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece)" Stunt Coordination "Game Of Thrones" "Hawaii Five-O" "Southland" "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena" Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series "American Idol" "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" "Dancing With The Stars" "Saturday Night Live" "30 Rock" Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special "83rd Annual Academy Awards" "Don Pasquale (Great Performances At The Met)" "The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards" "The Kennedy Center Honors" "Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden" Writing for a Comedy Series "Episodes" "Louie" "Modern Family" "The Office" "30 Rock" Writing for a Drama Series "Friday Night Lights" "Game Of Thrones" "The Killing" "Mad Men" Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)" "Mildred Pierce" "Sherlock: A Study In Pink (Masterpiece)" "Too Big To Fail" "Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)" Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series "The Colbert Report" "Conan" "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" "Saturday Night Live" Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short" "Louis C.K.: Hilarious" "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit For Autism Education" "The Real Women Of SNL" "64th Annual Tony Awards" Writing for Nonfiction Programming "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" "Freedom Riders" "Gasland" "Gettysburg" "Moguls & Movie Stars"

  • July 14, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    i am not an avid follower of the tonight..

    by emeraldboy

    and havent followed it since cnbc went digital and conan left late night they used to do a double. caught the tonight show there last week and what I saw was pure unadulterated racism. how leno was not censured for those jokes is beyond me. and will happily never watch this show again. ever.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Happy for Dinklage.

    by blackwood

    I hope he wins. I do think the acting in GOT is fantastic across the board, and I'd love to have seen Clarke or Bean get a nod. But I'm happy it's nominated for a bunch of stuff, because if nothing else that might translate over into more interest, and more eyeballs, and more money.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Emilia Clarke was robbed.

    by AnnoyYou

    She of all the female actors on GoT deserved a nomination as much as Dinklage. This is my only bitter disappointment with these nominations as there are so many surprising triumphs: Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins, Dinklage, Idris Elba (Luther is one of the great unsung TV series in recent memory) and Martha Plimpton. I am pissed that the awful Ed O'Neill and obvious Ty Burrell took up spaces which should have gone to Garret Dillahunt and Danny Pudi, but I guess I'll deal. Grandmas love Modern Family after all.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Outstanding Dwarf in a Medieval Fantasy Drama

    by Curious_Jorge

    Seriously, Peter Dinklage was great. I would also like to have seen Sean Bean get nominated (not for the Outstanding Dwarf category, though).

  • July 14, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    No major nominations for The Walking Dead????

    by DingFriesAreDone

    Pitiful, best new show of last year as far as I'm concerned. Can't believe that Michael Rooker didn't even get a Guest Actor Nomination.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    John Noble should get awards by the truckload

    by Knobules

    He turned Fringe from an average XFiles clone to a truly great show.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Steve Carrell

    by The Alienist

    should have won the Emmy EVERY year he was eligible. Whatshisname from "30 Rock" is great, but Carrell did some sitcom acting art for the last eight years....

  • July 14, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Deadliest Catch better win

    by Jaka

    First, its, ya know, real. Second, it was consistently great this season, containing actual character advancement, instead of just a bunch of guys doing crazy shit.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Modern Family took 6 out of 12 Supporting Actors nominations.

    by kenny38606

    And Community got absolutely nothing.Apparently all 6 of them submitted for supporting actor/actress and no one submitted for lead actor/actress.Seeing as how there are no rules against how many spots a show can take in any given category and they all gave great performances, they all got nominated for supporting actor/actress.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    The Walking Dead probably got the snub because

    by skycrapper

    1) It was only 6 episodes and 2) It wasn't that great after the first episode

  • Luther is a compelling BBC Series and Idris is (rapidly)becoming one of my favorite actors. Gotta love Kate for all the love scenes accompanied by nudity. there's no shame in this woman's game. Oh, and did I forget to mention that she's a good actress, too? What's sad is that GLAY, I meant GLEE will have a huge win. And that's fucking SAD!

  • July 14, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Well hell at least Will and Grace is off the air

    by Knobules

    F ck I hated that show. And Hollywood gushed awards on that crap by the ton.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Community robbed! But...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    I'm more surprised at the zero showing for Parenthood. It skews older, so I thought it would get something. A nom for Craig T Nelson, at least. The amount of praise thrown at The Good Wife amazes me.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    No Offerman = crime against comedy

    by INWOsuxRED

    Lots of horrible picks here, but the lack of Offerman is seriously offensive. Community needs to make a "The Wire" parody episode for all their emmy applications next year.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    That HARRY POTTER AD is ANNOYING!! sellout

    by Acid_Frio

    As much as I like is that nominated? It's a British show!!

  • July 14, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by boyalien

    Is easily the best thing on TV right now. Not ONE fucking nomination. Fuck this horseshit. Game of Thrones can suck a dragon dick.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    happy to see Friday Night Lights nominated.....

    by Acid_Frio

    ...but those are pitty-nods. nominate a series after its run, pitty.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Treme wasn't eligible.

    by Cartagia

    It's first season was up for last years awards. And the second season just started.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Kurt Sutter's forthrightness

    by Truxton Spangler

    Probably works against SOA's cause. But he's not gonna kiss anyone's ass. He'd rather tell people they're an ass.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Hopefully FNL will get respect

    by HarrysNemesis

    That finale was probably one of the top few series finale's I've ever seen. I've gotten used to being disappointed by series finales the last few years. Even the really good ones often leave a little bit to be desired -- not this one. It perfectly tied up and ended the series. Awesome that game of thrones got a lot of nominations but I'm betting it gets snubbed too. I like Modern Family a lot, but it is overrated and the nominations for it are ridiculous. Mad Men is definitely a little overrated but still a great show. It was a really well done season and deserves the nominations. Community definitely got robbed. I can't believe 30 rock gets multiple nominations but Community doesn't.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Where the FUCK is EAST BOUND AND DOWN?

    by Daremo

    This is a travesty. EAST BOUND AND DOWN should EASILY be in the comedy list, and Danny McBride deserves a nod!

  • July 14, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    One of the women of GOT should have been nominated at least.

    by Monolith_Jones

    I agree Clarke was great and deserved it, but if not her both Lena Headey and Michelle Fairley were fantastic.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Happy about Louis CK and Margo Martindale ...


    ...everything else, meh.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Edris Elba

    by aversiontherapy2

    Great nomination for Luther. The series is uneven but his performance is definitely Emmy-worthy.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Steven Moffat!

    by Dreamfasting

    No Who, but nice to see his name sneak into the list anyway :)

  • July 14, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    and inwosuxred...


    You're absolutely right about offerman. He does the best dead-pan on television.

  • July 14, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    2nd season of Treme

    by boyalien

    Just ended sir. But perhaps it was in between cutoff dates. Idaknow. Still a travesty.

  • July 14, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    4 modern family nods?

    by jsfithaca

    jip pudi and offerman but give 4 fucking nods to modern family? im hopin wins for boardwalk empire, parks and rec, olyphant or buscemi, carrell, poehler, goggins or dinklage, and if martindale loses, america loses

  • July 14, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    either one should win

  • July 14, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire will win

    by Monolith_Jones

    I gave up halfway through, The episodes kept piling up on my DVR until I had to admit that there was a reason why I wasn't watching it.

  • July 14, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    So Glee, The Office, and Big Bang Theory...

    by Mechasheeva

    Those shows are all better than Community, eh? I call shenanigans.

  • July 14, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Most retarded nomination goes to

    by TheComedian77

    The nom for outstanding writing ; The Killing. V Sud. I mean, come ON! That's like giving an award to a kid for tracing a picture "Kid, you are one great fucking artist!" That pilot is practically the same as the 1st ep of the original. Heck, I caught a bit of the 3rd ep on Channel 4 tonight. Someone was talking about Cicero........just like in the original show. Why the fuck would you give an award to someone for writing something someone else wrote? TRACER. She's a fucking tracer.

  • July 14, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Why does anyone care about these Glaad awards anyway?

    by Saen

    Seriously, all these emmy voters do is pick which shows best fit their political outlook. In recent years its anything that supports the homosexual agenda or is anti right or contains someone who is anti right. Community and P&R are far funnier shows then 30 Rock or Modern Family, but they won't win because they do not contain homosexuals or someone who mocked Sarah Palin.

  • July 14, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Saen Amy Poehler has mocked Palin

    by Monolith_Jones

    There goes that theory.

  • July 14, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Herc - thanks for posting the writing and directing nominations.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Virtually every other entertainment site focuses on the acting nominations. I tried to dig through the complete list for writing and directing nominations and got terminally bored by page 14. Also nice to see SNL and Louie CK some much deserved respect, despite The Emmys showing no love for Michael Shannon's acting, Louis CK's directing or Community's everything.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    No nom for PBS Sherlock Holmes?! Fucking disgrace!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Can someone STOP nominating Edie Falco? What she doing is, WHAT Showtime is doing is nominating her in a category that ISN'T comedy! And that chick from Law and Order:SVU gets nominated EVERY year! ENOUGH!

  • July 14, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Breaking Bad

    by the_ted

    As cartagia said, breaking Bad's exclusion was simply because they didn't air any episodes in the qualifying period. At the 2012 Emmys, however, it will not only be nominated for but win Outstanding Drama Series, Actor (either Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul), Supporting Actor (Dean Norris), Writing, Directing, Cinematography etc.....

  • Then I'll puke it up a moment later.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Let's hope Stewart loses for once.

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 14, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by Jaster

    SO fucking deserved!I've seen him in stuff all my life and he completely blew me away in Game of Thrones.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by OgieOglethorpe

    Just give him the fucking Emmy.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    I hope Game of Thrones wins


    I think it has a shot, it was brilliant. Dinklage too, he was great.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    My earlier comments...

    by JuntMonkey

    A friend has pointed out to me that part of my post could have been taken the wrong way. For the record, my final line about Japanese animation being "for geeks" was meant entirely tongue-in-cheek. Obviously I'm at least a semi-geek as well or I wouldn't be posting here.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    John Noble still robbed...actually its worse than a robbing

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Its like he was mugged, severly beaten and crapped on by the two guys from the Good Wife.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Mary McDonnell gets a nod NOW?

    by Legolars

    She truely gave everything for BSG, acted her ass off hor five years and now she has a boring role in a police procedural and she gets the nominaton. Bullshit. Also where's Treme, The walking Dead, Fringe, Sons of Anarchy?

  • July 15, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Drama winners as I would like to see it

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    As opposed to how it will actually play out. Outstanding Lead Actress : Elisabeth Moss, I think this category is actually quite weak especially with Damages and Glenn Close not on our screens Outstanding Supporting Actress: Margo Martindale , clear winner for me here, GOT women are very unlucky and the Good Wife women very very lucky to be nominated here Outstanding Lead Actor: Michael C Hall, Jon Hamm will probably win again but I want Michael to win, pretty strong nominees here think Hugh Laurie is still a little lucky but its not the end of the world Outstanding Supporting Actor: John Noble...but thats right he is not nominated, he wasn't nominated last year but that was a field that included Aaron Paul, again what are the Good Wife people there, slot in John and Sean Bean, but with the current nomineeds Peter Dinklage will be a very worthy winner, he has a great brilliantly written character and he does an excellent job with it. Outstanding Drama Series - I want Games of Thrones to win it, I loved it, and am loving the books, but Mad Men will take it. Boardwalk Empire started strong and had its moments later on but Mad Men had some brilliant scenes and episodes.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    Moffat got nominated for writing it. It is in there towards the end. Pretty difficult for the emmys to show respect to a three episode series, it doesn't qualify for much and people don't know how to respond to it.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:53 a.m. CST

    How can you say that?

    by SuperXY

    You realize that when you say you never watched or had interest in Mad Men then say that it stole awards from other shows you are basically proclaiming that you love being ignorant? I didn't watch the first couple seasons because I just didn't see what could be interesting about it. But after a couple wins I watched one episode and was amazed at how they make a topic I have no interest in become a great show.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Dinklage and Friday Night Lights

    by SuperXY

    Dinklage definitely deserves the win. I'd like to see FNL win at least a couple awards. Give supporting actress to Margo Martindale. Her performance was this year's version of the performance Aaron Paul gave on Breaking Bad last year. Then just toss everything else to Game of Thrones and Modern Family. I am truly amazed that you can put the name Scorcese on a giant steaming turd and people will proclaim its greatness.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Jon Hamm will probably win again

    by Cartagia

    He hasn't won one yet. And his submitted episode is probably his best performance from the show so far ("The Suitcase").

  • July 15, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I like how even though it obviously isn't nominated...

    by Lee

    TBers are still backing Breaking Bad. Damn right, too. Show is the tits. Come on Sunday.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Breaking Bad's Facebook fan page had to make a statement

    by Cartagia

    for their irate fanboys. "We didn't air episodes this past year, you tards!"

  • July 15, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    The Wire didn't win any Emmy's.

    by fastcars

    So we should care about these awards, why?

  • July 15, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Margo Martindale did an amazing job in Justified

    by CuervoJones

    Apple Pies for the win!

  • July 15, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Dinklage had better win. Game of Thrones did well.

    by V'Shael

    And HBO proves once more why they're the force behind the best TV in America.

  • July 15, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Breaking Bad seems VERY overrated to me...

    by Rebel Scumb

    I just got around to watching seasons 1 and 2 over the past couple of weeks. Its pretty solid I guess, but I really don't understand all the love this show gets. The characters are all pretty one note, there's nothing especially great about the acting, the premise is fairly original, and the writing is good most of the time, but also extremely contrived at others. And I'm hard pressed to understand what the point it. Walter is a supremely unlikeable asshole. I'm all for morally ambigious or dark characters on shows, but I need to connect to the characters still. And for the record, I'm all for high quality complex television. Loved the Wire, I think it's every bit as great as people say. I also love Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, etc. I just don't really get why people seem to think Breaking Bad is the greatest show of all time, or even the greatest show currently on tv. Which I constantly see people describing it as.

  • July 15, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Woohoo! Crack Babies was my favourite SP ep. this season

    by Anklavepak

    Vünter Slaush! Priceless!

  • It's a great show, and deserves all the awards it's been winning.

  • July 15, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    executor: I agree about big bang theory

    by Rebel Scumb

    even worse is that non-geeks all assume that geeks should love BBT, and constantly ask me if I've been watching it. But any actual geeks I know hate the show.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by Lee

    If you haven't seen Season 3 of BB, then I can (partially) see where you're coming from. Seasons 1 and 2 get a lot of characters to where they need to be (in terms of development) for all the surprises and changes that 3 brings. Without saying any more, I'm sure you'll be a fan by the end of that season's finale.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory = Black Face For Nerds

    by thelordofhell


  • July 15, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Archer robbed for best animated series

    by thelordofhell


  • July 15, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Boyd Crowder!!

    by quintana007


  • July 15, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Just give Peter Dinklage his Emmy

    by thelordofhell

    Before he loses his nose

  • July 15, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I feel the same, rebel scum

    by Prydie

    I just watched all three seasons and although I can see its merits, there is not one character I could sympathize with. Well, Walter Jr. maybe, but everyone else acts like a complete fucking arsehole. Am I supposed to be routing for any of these guys or is it just car-crash television for rubber-neckers?

  • July 15, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones

    by SunTzu77

    Great writing... acting... production design.... just a great package. They should definitely win some awards.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    The Killing's noms

    by Truxton Spangler

    I'd trade Michelle Forbes for Joel Kinnaman. If there was a category for Best Rain Machine, it would be the odds on favorite. Compared to a few years ago, the Emmys are making progress, but there is still a ways to go.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by mullymt

    I agree. "The Suitcase" was the best episode of any show I've seen in years, and possibly ever. It's an amazing piece of work.

  • July 15, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb and Prydie - Breaking Bad

    by JuntMonkey

    Agree with both of you. I've watched the first two seasons and the first 5 episodes of the 3rd. I've considered quitting, however I think I will at least finish S3 because a lot of people put some late S3 episodes in their "best episodes ever" lists. I don't anticipate being pleasantly surprised though. prydie - it is absolutely "car crash television". Its appeal is largely based on hugely dramatic, implausible events, such as explosions, murders, and ludicrous coincidences dovetailing together to crash planes and such. You know how with Sopranos, people started complaining that there weren't enough whackings? Breaking Bad takes that lesson to heart, and gives the people exactly what they want, which is constantly escalating dramatic crap happening. Vince Gilligan and one of the other writers basically say this in one of the DVD features. "What people want is not what they need" - Joss Whedon. I took a look at some threads from Season 3, and people were wondering "when will the big explosion be this year?" (somebody kindly pointed out that there had been one in the first episode). So that's the type of people we're dealing with here. As for Walter, I don't care either way. There's the recent article which argues that BB is basically the best ever (better than Sopranos, Wire, MM), and a large part of the argument is that the show has you identifying and sympathizing with an antagonist who used to be a protagonist. Don't agree, don't care. But beyond these "macro" arguments about the show as a whole are the "micro" factors, the things happening on a scene-by-scene basis. The writing is not that good. The acting is mediocre (I don't think Cranston is anywhere NEAR Hamm, but even if I ceded that it wouldn't matter because Skylar, the son, Jesse, and Hank's wife all suck, whereas in the other "big shows" the entire casts are phenomenal). The show is entertaining to an extent yea, but it's cheap entertainment. It wants to be and tries to be "deep" and "meaningful", but it isn't.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    be awesome if CONAN took home an Emmy

    by Tigger Tales

    although going up against Daily Show & Colbert, it's not likely.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    So let's see - Olyphant, Goggins and Martindale were all good enough to get noms,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    but Justified gets nada...Its logic like that, that makes me want to discount award shows altogether. I understand snubs and omissions, but this makes no sense.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I've given up on trying to justify the comedy nominees

    by ApolloBrowncoat

    Did the Emmys just feel really bad for Chuck Lorre after the Charlie Sheen debacle? That's the only way I can imagine both of the tools from BBT, the girl from Mike and Molly AND Jon Fucking Cryer being in this. Also, am I really supposed to believe that the Supporting Actor/Comedy field was so thin that we had to nominate ALL FOUR guys from Modern Family?

  • July 15, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    One More Thing...

    by ApolloBrowncoat


  • July 15, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    get.everyone re: breaking bad

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm definitely going to watch Season 3, so we'll see. Hopefully it turns me around!

  • July 15, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    I think part of what really did me in was when Walter's old buddie the rich guy and his hot wife offer to pay for all the surgery. I mean I understand walter has his pride and all that, and I can see where he's coming from with not wanting their charity to an extent. But I mean, it's terminal cancer, and you started a meth lab which is aside from the obvious harm by spreading more drugs into america, also lead directly to the murders and accidental deaths of several people. It just goes from neurotic to downright self absorbed and makes it very difficult for the character to continue to justify the entire premise of the show. It's definitely... clever I guess would be the right word... a clever show. But I just am not sure what I am suppose to take away from it. Where as Mad Men & The Wire both have their existential qualities, but I get what they're about, and what they are trying to say about life and death and society and whatnot. And despite how deeplly flawed the characters on those shows are, I still always like and identify with them. Breaking bad just feels for me like it isn't sure what kind of show it's trying to be. Even the opening title sequence, albiet brief just feels out of step tonewise with the actual show. Like it was meant for a comedy, or something more in the flavour of Weeds (which granted, is a show I don't like). But the show has kept my interest, and I will certainly watch season 3, and decide from there if I will bother with season 4.

  • July 15, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    juntmonkey, you really summed that up very intelligently

    by Rebel Scumb

    I really want to love BB because, well its always great to find another amazing show, but you echoed my thoughts perfectly in all regards. Another interesting comparison is with Dexter, which in a way is what this show is most similar to. And I adore Dexter, its a great show, kind of filled the void left by 24 for a great guilty pleasure suspense show, that often defies logic but is delicious all the same. And dexter isn't a perfect show, I would argue that Dexter aside the main cast/characters are adequate, but nothing special. But the dexter character works amazingly and carries the show over any bumps, the same way jack bauer did. The thing is though, when I watch Dexter I feel like the show knows what it is, and is confidently being that show, its a great piece of gourmet popcorn, but popcorn nonetheless. It has some deep moments, and they for the most part work. But Breaking Bad isn't working on that level for me, and the 'car crash' analogy you guys gave is spot on. And you're right about Mad Men to. Uniformly superb cast. Exquisette writing. Interesting plotting that defies all narative convention (effectively). I'm just really getting the sense that it is the exception and not the rule for AMC, since I also wanted to love The Killing and found it unwatchablly dissappointing by epiosde 7 or 8.

  • Her Virgina Chance is a real hoot, as are most of the cast of Raising Hope. Too bad they overlooked Garret Dillahunt.

  • July 16, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Viggeo you are making my point

    by Xen11

    TSCC was fucking awesome and just because it has "Terminator" in the title and has killer robots, it gets looked down upon. If you actually watched the series and came away from it thinking it is anything less than great, you are a fucking moron with horrible taste.

  • July 16, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    and yes

    by Xen11

    it deserves a nom for best series. Summer Glau and Garret Dillahunt have created iconic characters that are some of , if not the most beloved characters of artificial intelligence. Thomas Dekker and Lena Headey have continued the roles of John and Sarah Connor and done them great justice. Lena Headey does Sarah Connor so well, I think most people might overlook the performance because it looks like she's natural in the role. The ignorance of this series is astounding. It gets scoffed at because its science fiction.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    TSCC: I will say this

    by Rebel Scumb

    I only watched the first season, but the scene at the end where the swat team attacks the terminator guy, and it just cuts to under water in the swimming pool and one by one their dead bodies falling in was one of the most cinematically interesting battle scenes I've ever seen. I dont remember much else from the show, but that scene stuck with me as great.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Looks like I hit a nerve.

    by Xen11

    Next time I'll aim lower so I don't get it in your eye, "bro".

  • July 16, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

  • July 16, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    viggo re: TSCC

    by Rebel Scumb

    To be fair, with the exception of Lost and a few other shows, most shows, even great shows, have medicore to terrible pilots. There's a long list of great shows I would never have watched if I had judge them on their pilots. TSCC did get quite a bit better as it went, especially the latter half of season 1, you can notice a vast improvement of the story, production values, scope, etc. Is it high art? No. I'm not even a particularlly big fan of the series. I watched season 1, thought it was good but didn't bother to keep with it, I'm a fairly picky tv viewer. But you are being needlessly savage against a show you've admitted you haven't really even watched.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    John Noble not being nominated......

    by GornPirate

    Is a crime.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    xen11, I LOVED Sarah Connor Chronicles

    by Mattman

    And agree with everything you said about it. It was extremely underrated. Excellent storytelling, acting, and cinematography. Shame it died so young. I hate Fox.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    sarah conner chronicles was good

    by jsfithaca

    people gotta stop hating. however what was really a shame that got canceled was chicago code

  • July 16, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Truly glad for Dinklage & GoT but where's the nom for Bean..?

    by workshed

    He carried this series on his shoulders in the beginning. I also think Mark Addy was pretty unforgettable too. The finest piece of TV in many moons. Sorry, Mad Men, good as you are... your time is up! If GoT's doesn't win the Outstanding Drama it's a travesty.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Emilia Clarke should have been nominated to for GoT

    by Rebel Scumb

    She's a real find. The scene in the second episode where Drogo is raping her, and she's crying, then looks at the dragon eggs and you can see, without any dialogue her resolve to take control of her life and turn the situation to her advantage. I knew she was an actress to keep note of after that, I'm always impressed when an actor can convey the idea of what their character is thinking without words. And especially in that sort of scene which is obviously very vulnerable scene for an actress to have to do, and potentially humiliating, it's impressive to see the performance come through regardless.

  • July 17, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Friday Night Lights

    by logjam

    Friday Night Lights is (was) quite possibly one of the best hourlong dramas in TV history. And it was mostly completely ignored by viewers and these Emmy idiots. Sad, really, that we live in a time where more attention is paid to drivel like the Real Housewives and Kardashian idiots than to genuine quality scripted television. I really hope Chandler and Britton win theirs.

  • July 17, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    How many seasons do you think GoT will get before HBO cancels it?

    by Rebel Scumb

    Their track record for high concept genre/period piece shows is not good. Rome, Deadwood, Carnival... And GoT I can only imagine costs a fortune to produce. Sure it's a big hit, but so was Deadwood. Hopefully I'm wrong. I'm not sure what they plan to do if it keeps going and eventually catches up with the books. It would be weird to have a tv series based on a series of books where the show gets ahead of the books, and becomes the first release of the new story before books 6 and 7

  • July 17, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    i am really suprised that this site has not been following the

    by emeraldboy

    fall of the murdoch empire. given the animosity between this site, news corporation and 20th century. Former editor of the news of the world has been arrested two days before she and the murdochs were due to give evidence for commons select committee. there is speculation that it was pre arranged.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Sorry but i just dont get it,i saw a couple of episodes and it just seemed like reasonably well made drama but bland as hell reminded me of all those potboiler 50s shows we use to have on British tv only in colour

  • July 17, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    i am not a huge fan of mad man

    by emeraldboy

    either. not really a huge fan of entourage. really cant see what all the fuss is about regarding those shows.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    There are two excellent reasons for watching Mad Men...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...and they are Christina Hendricks.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    And yes, Mark Addy should've been nominated...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...his King Robert generally gets overlooked in the rush to praise Dinklage, but it was a commanding performance nonetheless. Conleth Hill's Lord Varys also rocked!

  • July 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    wyrdy the gerbil. Re: mad men

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm not sure which episodes you saw so it would be hard for me to judge, but the show gets fair existential as it goes on. it's also got superb acting, great witty dialogue, and one of the things that really stands out for me is that they completely ignore normal narrative structure, and really subvert your expectations as to what will happen next, which is uncommon for tv, or films for that matter. There is also an ongoing bit of humour just comparing the way things were in the 1960s to the way they are now. It's not necessarily a show that a single episode or two really gives an impression of why it's so great, and certainly I don't think it's for everyone. But I do think pound for pound it is one of the very best shows ever put together. I think four seasons in, and there are still no bad episodes.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy, I do agree about entourage

    by Rebel Scumb

    Not really my cup of tea.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Community was totally robbed

    by Bobo_Vision

    And Matt Lebanc and Jon Cryer get comedy nominations???? Fuck the Emmys.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    All of those names and not John Noble's that sucks.

    by SID 8.0

  • July 17, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Drogo is not raping her

    by CatoTheCensor

    That's a bit of stretch.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    catothecensor, how do you figure?

    by Rebel Scumb

  • July 19, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Stannis and Melisandre have been cast

    by skycrapper

    Carice van houten and Stephen Dillane according to EW.