Primetime Emmy award nominations were announced this morning. Here are the shows and actors that got nods in the major races:
Outstanding Drama Series
The Good Wife
There's surprising new blood in this category, True Blood. It's a little less surprising that freshman hit The Good Wife made the cut, as did the final season of Lost. But can any of them end Mad Men's reign?
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Laurie, House M.D.
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Matthew Fox, Lost
After being criminally ignored for three superb seasons of work, Kyle Chandler finally makes it in for the fourth season of Friday Night Lights. Likewise, it's nice to see Matthew Fox get his first nomination for the final season of Lost.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order:Special Victims Unit
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
At last the Emmy voters wised up and rewarded television's finest actress, Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton for her brilliantly superb work; unfortunately it comes alongside yet another lazy nod for SVU's Mariska Hargitay.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Buzzy new comedies Glee and Modern Family won the most nominations of all comedy series, making them formidable threats to 30 Rock's Emmy dynasty. But the biggest story is Showtime's dark comedyNurse Jackie getting in despite its heavily dramatic storylines and comparatively low ratings.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin. 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Entusiasm
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
As expected, Matthew Morrison surfed the wave of Glee love all the way to a nomination. Otherwise, a Jim Parsons-Alec Baldwin showdown is the only thing providing excitement in this race.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara
Lea Michele and Amy Poehler join the race this year, but it's unlikely either woman will threaten the Fey-Falco-Collette three -way race. It's refreshing that Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a farewell nod for her last season on New Christine.
For the complete list of nominees (which includes categories ranging from Outstanding Commercial to Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series), click here. To see how well we predicted who would be nominated, see our post from yesterday.