The second-most important announcement today
|1||The Pacific (HBO)||24 noms|
|2||Glee (Fox)||19 noms|
|3||Mad Men (AMC)||17 noms|
|4||30 Rock (NBC)||15 noms|
|Temple Grandin (HBO)||15 noms|
|You Don't Know Jack (HBO)||15 noms|
Well, it's not the name of LeBron James' next team, but it's something. Early Thursday morning, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Leading the pack -- again -- was HBO, with a total of 101 nominations, thanks in large part to its WWII miniseries The Pacific, which topped all programming with a whopping 24 nominations. ABC placed first among the broadcast networks with 63 total nominations; last year, NBC was the leading nominee with 67.
Fox's freshman musical series Glee led all regular series with 19 nominations, followed by AMC's third-year drama Mad Men, which actually added one nomination to its already impressive total from last year. In 2009, by comparison, 30 Rock led all programs with 22 nominations, followed by HBO's Grey Gardens (17) and AMC's Mad Men (16). Each of those programs ultimately won multiple awards.
Glee was not the only first-year series to impress Academy voters; ABC's hit new comedy Modern Family also collected 14 nominations -- including many in various acting categories -- while the CBS drama The Good Wife added another nine and Showtime's Nurse Jackie was nominated eight times. (Yes, the latter program just aired its second season, but the nominations were for last year's first season.) However, some critically-acclaimed first-year shows weren't so lucky: HBO's Treme (2 nominations), FX's Justified (1 nomination), and NBC's Community (0 nominations) were virtually ignored by Academy voters.
Listed below are this year's nominees in every major category.
The nominations: Best series and specials
|30 Rock||Modern Family *|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Nurse Jackie *|
|Glee *||The Office|
Many experts correctly predicted that first-year series Modern Family and Glee would break into this club, to which 30 Rock (the winner in three consecutive years), Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Office are no strangers. The one surprise is Showtime's Edie Falco dramedy Nurse Jackie, which earned a nod ahead of shows like Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and fellow Showtime comedy Weeds, which was nominated last year.
|The Good Wife *||True Blood *|
For the second consecutive year, cable network AMC placed two shows (Breaking Bad and Mad Men) in this category; the latter won the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in each of the last two years, and has now earned a total of 49 nominations over its three seasons. The final season of Lost netted the drama a dozen nominations, matching its high-water mark established in its debut season, when it won this category. Dexter was also anticipated to be here -- as was CBS's freshman drama The Good Wife -- but HBO's second-year vampire drama True Blood is the closest this group has to a surprise. Shut out here was Fox's House (nominated in each of the four previous seasons) and the likely final season of FX's legal drama Damages, which could not secure its third consecutive nomination in this category.
|The Colbert Report||Saturday Night Live|
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien|
|Real Time with Bill Maher|
Yes, that nomination for NBC's late-night talk show does say "... with Conan O'Brien," and wouldn't the comedian love to have that trophy sitting on the set of his new TBS show when it debuts this fall. Comedy Central's late-night twin bill has been here before: it is The Colbert Report's fifth consecutive nomination, and The Daily Show's 10th, and the latter program will be going for its eighth straight victory. However, Saturday Night Live seems to win here every 17 years; the sketch program took home Emmys in 1976 and 1993, so perhaps another win in 2010 is possible. (Well, maybe not, but with this year's nominations, SNL has passed medical drama ER to become the most nominated show in television history with 126.)
|Bill Maher "...But I'm Not Wrong"||Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction|
|Hope For Haiti Now||Various||The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert|
|The Kennedy Center Honors||Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me|
|Endgame||The Special Relationship|
|Georgia O'Keeffe||Temple Grandin|
|Moonshot||You Don't Know Jack|
|The Pacific||Return to Cranford|
HBO typically dominates these categories -- especially since the major networks all but abandoned the miniseries and movie formats -- and this year was no exception. This is only the second time there have been just two nominees in the miniseries category; the previous such occurrence was last year, when PBS's Little Dorrit defeated HBO's Generation Kill. Don't expect a repeat of that triumph for PBS this year. A win in the movie category for HBO is also likely; the last time the cable network failed to win the made-for-TV movie Emmy was 2003.
|Antiques Roadshow||Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List|
|Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution||Undercover Boss|
CBS' surprise first-year hit Undercover Boss and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are the two newcomers here, while last year's winner, Intervention, was not nominated. Kathy Griffin's show has won twice before (in 2007 and 2008).
|The Amazing Race||Project Runway|
|American Idol||Top Chef|
|Dancing With The Stars|
Sure, The Amazing Race has won this category in each of the past seven years, but maybe this year will be different. Then again, maybe not: all five nominees are identical to last year's group. And 2008's. And 2007's.
|Alien Earths||NGC||The Simpsons|
|Disney Prep & Landing||South Park|
|The Ricky Gervais Show|
Since 2005, South Park and The Simpsons have traded off winning this award; if the pattern holds, it will be The Simpsons this year. Note that the Academy also gives out an award for short-form animation; the nominees this year include Robot Chicken and several children's shows.
The nominations: Acting and hosting
|Alec Baldwin||30 Rock||Matthew Morrison||Glee|
|Steve Carell||The Office||Jim Parsons||The Big Bang Theory|
|Larry David||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Tony Shalhoub||Monk|
There is just one newcomer here -- Matthew Morrison, from Fox's Glee -- though his inclusion is not a surprise. Baldwin, of course, has won this award in each of the past two years, and the remaining actors have each appeared here many times over the past decade, with the exception of Parsons, still a relative newcomer who earned his first nomination just last year. David's nomination is his 21st overall, but just his 4th as an actor. Who is out this year? Two and a Half Men's Charlie Sheen, who was nominated in each of the past four seasons.
|Toni Collette||United States of Tara||Julia Louis-Dreyfus||The New Adventures of Old Christine|
|Edie Falco||Nurse Jackie||Lea Michele||Glee|
|Tina Fey||30 Rock||Amy Poehler||Parks and Recreation|
It might be Falco's first nomination as a lead in a comedy series, but it certainly isn't her first chance at an Emmy; the versatile actress was nominated six times (and won three times) for her work on The Sopranos, and also received a nomination in 2008 for a guest appearance on 30 Rock. Also new to this category are Amy Poehler (nominated twice before as a supporting actress for SNL) and Lea Michele (her very first nomination), while the other three nominees are returning. Collette won last year, Fey, the year before, and Louis-Dreyfus, in 2006, so expect this to be one of the most competitive categories this year. Left out were Mary-Louise Parker of Weeds (who was nominated each of the previous three years) and Golden Globe nominee Courtney Cox of Cougar Town (who also failed to earn any nominations while on Friends).
|Ty Burrell||Modern Family||Jesse Tyler Ferguson||Modern Family|
|Chris Colfer||Glee||Neil Patrick Harris||How I Met Your Mother|
|Jon Cryer||Two and a Half Men||Eric Stonestreet||Modern Family|
The only Modern Family adult cast member not to earn a nomination this year? Ed O’Neill. Still, the first-year sitcom accounts for half of this category, with Glee's Chris Colfer adding yet another fresh face to the group as the most unexpected nominee. Who is missing? Unlike in recent years, there's no Jeremy Piven or Kevin Dillon from Entourage, no Rainn Wilson from The Office, and nobody from 30 Rock. Out of the two returning actors, Cryer won last year, and Harris has now been nominated in four consecutive seasons.
|Julie Bowen||Modern Family||Holland Taylor||Two and a Half Men|
|Jane Lynch||Glee||Sofia Vergara||Modern Family|
|Jane Krakowski||30 Rock||Kristen Wiig||Saturday Night Live|
Two more Modern Family regulars join fan favorite Jane Lynch as first-time nominees in this group. The remaining actresses have each been here before at least once, but none of them have won before -- meaning that this category is up for grabs.
|Kyle Chandler||Friday Night Lights||Michael C. Hall||Dexter|
|Bryan Cranston||Breaking Bad||Jon Hamm||Mad Men|
|Matthew Fox||Lost||Hugh Laurie||House|
Cranston won this award in each of the past two seasons, and with Breaking Bad growing in acclaim and ratings this year, he could collect the trophy again. Hall, Hamm, and Laurie are also regulars in this category, but Matthew Fox had never been nominated before; in fact, no actor from Lost was ever nominated in this category until this final season. Chandler's nomination is also his first. Out is The Mentalist's Simon Baker, who was nominated last year.
|Connie Britton||Friday Night Lights||January Jones||Mad Men|
|Glenn Close||Damages||Julianna Margulies||The Good Wife|
|Mariska Hargitay||Law & Order: SVU||Kyra Sedgwick||The Closer|
Close -- a winner in each of the past two years -- was widely expected to repeat as a nominee, while Golden Globe winner Margulies was also considered a lock for her oft-praised performance in the freshman series The Good Wife. While there weren't many surprises among the other nominees (especially Hargitay and Sedgwick, who are here every year), the first-time nomination for Friday Night Lights' Britton counts as one. She's replacing Sally Field, who was nominated in the previous two years for Brothers & Sisters.
|Andre Braugher||Men of a Certain Age||Aaron Paul||Breaking Bad|
|Michael Emerson||Lost||Martin Short||Damages|
|Terry O'Quinn||Lost||John Slattery||Mad Men|
Any Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher is a good thing, but consider him a longshot against the sentimental favorites from Lost's final season. Emerson won the award last year, but had much less screen time this season, perhaps allowing an opening for the Academy to recognize the best performance of the bunch in Aaron Paul's work on Breaking Bad. O'Quinn won in 2007; Slattery was also nominated in Mad Men's first two seasons. Martin Short actually turned in a fine, against-type performance as a shady lawyer on Damages, but, like Paul, needs to overcome the fact that fewer people have seen his show.
|Christine Baranski||The Good Wife||Christina Hendricks||Mad Men|
|Rose Byrne||Damages||Elisabeth Moss||Mad Men|
|Sharon Gless||Burn Notice||Archie Panjabi||The Good Wife|
Of the group, only Byrne was also nominated last year (oft-nominated Grey's Anatomy co-stars Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson are among the omissions this year), though both Baranski and Gless have multiple nominations from prior TV work. It's the first nomination for Baranski's Good Wife co-star Panjabi and Mad Men's Hendricks, while fellow Mad woman Moss was nominated as a lead actress last year.
|Jeff Bridges||A Dog Year||Dennis Quaid||The Special Relationship|
|Ian McKellen||The Prisoner||Michael Sheen||The Special Relationship|
|Al Pacino||You Don't Know Jack|
There's no shortage of star power here, but three of the actors are actually first-time Emmy nominees; only McKellen (5 total nominations) and Pacino (2 nominations, 1 win for Angels in America) had prior recognition for their TV work.
|Joan Allen||Georgia O'Keeffe||Judi Dench||Return to Cranford|
|Claire Danes||Temple Grandin||Maggie Smith||Capturing Mary|
|Hope Davis||The Special Relationship|
All five actresses here are returning nominees, but only Maggie Smith has ever won an Emmy.
|Michael Gambon||Emma||Patrick Stewart||Hamlet|
|John Goodman||You Don't Know Jack||David Strathairn||Temple Grandin|
|Jonathan Pryce||Return to Cranford|
|Kathy Bates||Alice||Susan Sarandon||You Don't Know Jack|
|Catherine O'Hara||Temple Grandin||Brenda Vaccaro||You Don't Know Jack|
|Julia Ormond||Temple Grandin|
|Will Arnett||30 Rock||Mike O'Malley||Glee|
|Jon Hamm||30 Rock||Eli Wallach||Nurse Jackie|
|Neil Patrick Harris||Glee||Fred Willard||Modern Family|
Both Harris and Hamm are two-time nominees this year.
|Christine Baranski||The Big Bang Theory||Jane Lynch||Two and a Half Men|
|Kristin Chenoweth||Glee||Elaine Stritch||30 Rock|
|Tina Fey||Saturday Night Live||Betty White||Saturday Night Live|
|Kathryn Joosten||Desperate Housewives|
Perhaps the Academy is hoping that some of that Betty White magic will boost its ratings for this year's Emmy ceremony, but it certainly isn't her first time being nominated; her recent SNL hosting gig earned White her 16th career nomination. Baranski, Lynch, and Fey are also two-time nominees this year.
|Dylan Baker||The Good Wife||Gregory Itzin||24|
|Beau Bridges||The Closer||John Lithgow||Dexter|
|Alan Cumming||The Good Wife||Robert Morse||Mad Men|
Though he was as close to a sure thing as any nominee in any category, it seems almost unfair to have Lithgow here rather than in the supporting actor category; his character was an integral part of the past season of Dexter, and he had far more screen time than any of his fellow nominees.
|Shirley Jones||The Cleaner||Mary Kay Place||Big Love|
|Ann-Margret||Law & Order: SVU||Sissy Spacek||Big Love|
|Elizabeth Mitchell||Lost||Lily Tomlin||Damages|
While the HBO drama Big Love is often heralded for its talented actors, the show has never received a single Emmy acting nomination outside of this category.
|Tom Bergeron||Dancing with the Stars||Jeff Probst||Survivor|
|Phil Keoghan||The Amazing Race||Ryan Seacrest||American Idol|
|Heidi Klum||Project Runway|
It's just the third year that the Academy has recognized reality show hosts; Probst is the only person to ever win the award (though his show, Survivor, is not itself nominated this year).
More Emmy coverage
The Emmy Awards have no shortage of categories and nominations -- so much so that we can't list them all here. To get a full list of the 2010 nominees, visit the official Emmy website. Over the next few months, we'll determine the expected winners in the major categories by sampling a variety of experts -- but not before we ask you to offer your own predictions. And then, next month, the big night arrives: the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will air live (including on the West Coast for the first time in over three decades) on NBC on Sunday, August 29th at 8:00p (5:00p PT).
What are TV critics saying about the nominations? Here is some early analysis:
- David Bianculli (TV Worth Watching)
- Eric Deggans (St. Petersburg Times)
- James Poniewozik (Time)
- Maureen Ryan (Chicago Tribune)
- Alan Sepinwall (HitFix)
What do you think of the nominations? Let us know in the comments section below.