'Glee,' 'The Pacific' top Emmy nominations

Thursday, July 8, 2010 11:16 AM
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LOS ANGELES - Glee, the spunky TV musical comedy about high school misfits and the teachers who shepherd them, was a top Emmy nominee Thursday with 19 bids, including for best comedy series and stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele.

The leading nominee was the gritty, unsparing World War II drama, The Pacific, with 24 nominations.

Conan O'Brien is gone from The Tonight Show but his short tenure as host is not forgotten: The late-night show with him at the helm nabbed a nomination as best variety, music or comedy series, while resurrected Jay Leno was snubbed in the category.
David Letterman's Late Show also was missing from the nominees, after a season in which the host turned an admission of affairs with female staffers and a blackmail attempt into high broadcast drama.

Besides Glee, other newcomers receiving Emmy recognition include Modern Family, with nods for best comedy series and for five members of its ensemble cast - although not linchpin Ed O'Neill as the patriarch - and The Good Wife, a nominee for best drama and recognition for star Julianna Margulies.

The final season of Lost garnered nominations for best drama series and a nod for star Matthew Fox and supporting nominations for Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson. Elizabeth Mitchell received a guest actress bid for the drama.

Saturday Night Live received 12 nominations for a total 126 nominations during its run, surpassing the ER all-time record of 124 bids. One of the nominations went to Betty White, who at 88 proved you're never too old for comedy when she hosted the show to big ratings and applause.

White's competitors include Tina Fey, the former Saturday Night Live writer and star who took a break from her 30 Rock, the second-most nominated comedy with 15 bids, to return as an SNL host.

Fey made light Thursday of her best comedy actress nomination for 30 Rock.

"This is great and exciting news. Also, this seems like an appropriate time for me to announce to NBC that I will not be renewing my contract - with my gym," Fey said in a statement. Of the show's best comedy series bid, she added, "We're grateful and excited. Especially since today is the fifth anniversary of the day NBC forgot to cancel us."

Mad Men was the most-nominated drama with 17 bids. The darkly sexy 1960s period show has been honored as best drama two years in a row. Its stars, Jon Hamm and January Jones, received acting bids.

Besides Glee and Modern Family, other nominees for best comedy series include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nurse Jackie, The Office and last year's winner, 30 Rock. The comedy has won three times in a row.

Joining Mad Men, Lost and The Good Wife as best drama series nominees were Breaking Bad, Dexter and first-timer True Blood, which overcame TV academy voter reservations about fantasy genre shows.

Emmy nominations in major categories


Nominees in major categories for the 2010 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Dexter," Showtime; "The Good Wife," CBS; "Lost," ABC; "True Blood," HBO; "Mad Men," AMC.

Comedy Series: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; "Glee," Fox; "Modern Family," ABC; "The Office," NBC; "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; "30 Rock," NBC.

Miniseries: "The Pacific," HBO; "Return to Cranford (Masterpiece)," PBS.

Made-for-TV Movie: "Endgame (Masterpiece)," PBS; "Georgia O'Keeffe," Lifetime; "Moonshot," History; "The Special Relationship," HBO; "Temple Grandin," HBO; "You Don't Know Jack," HBO.

Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter," Showtime; Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights," DirecTV; Hugh Laurie, "House," Fox; Matthew Fox, "Lost," ABC; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT; Glenn Close, "Damages," FX; Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights," DirecTV; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS; Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC; January Jones, "Mad Men," AMC.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Martin Short, "Damages," FX; Terry O'Quinn, "Lost," ABC; Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC; John Slattery, "Mad Men," AMC; Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age," TNT.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice," USA; Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX; Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men," AMC; Elisabeth Moss," Mad Men," AMC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; Matthew Morrison, "Glee," Fox; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," USA; Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC; Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

Actress, Comedy Series: Lea Michele, "Glee," Fox; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation," NBC; Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC; Toni Collette, "United States of Tara," Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Chris Colfer, "Glee," Fox; Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother," CBS; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family," ABC; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family," ABC; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; ABC; Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men, CBS.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, "Glee," Fox; Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family," ABC; Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live," NBC; Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock," NBC; Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Jeff Bridges, "A Dog Year," HBO; Ian McKellen, "The Prisoner," AMC; Michael Sheen, "The Special Relationship," HBO; Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship," HBO; Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack," HBO.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, "Capturing Mary," HBO; Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keefe," Lifetime; Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford (Masterpiece)," PBS; Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship," HBO; Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin," HBO.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Gambon, "Emma (Masterpiece)," PBS; Patrick Stewart, "Hamlet (Great Performances)," PBS; Jonathan Pryce, "Return to Cranford (Masterpiece)," PBS; David Straithairn, "Temple Grandin," HBO; John Goodman, "You Don't Know Jack," HBO.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, "Alice," Syfy; Julia Ormond, "Temple Grandin," HBO; Catherine O'Hara, "Temple Grandin," HBO; Brenda Vaccaro, "You Don't Know Jack," HBO; Susan Sarandon, "You Don't Know Jack," HBO.


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