Emmy Nominations Go Mad for 'Mad Men'


"Mad Men" can add a passel of Emmy nominations to the heap of critical praise it's picked up after its breakout first season.

The AMC show earned 16 nominations, including one for outstanding drama series, to lead a host of cable series nominated for major awards at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Three of the six nominees for outstanding drama series and the majority of the drama lead acting nominees come from cable.

In addition to "Mad Men," Showtime's "Dexter" and FX's "Damages" also earned nods for outstanding drama series. They're joined by ABC's "Lost" and "Boston Legal" and FOX's "House."

Four of the six nominees for lead actor in a drama -- Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") -- work on cable shows. "House" star Hugh Laurie and multiple winner James Spader of "Boston Legal" are also nominated.

Similarly, three of the five nominees for lead actress in a drama come from cable: Glenn Close ("Damages"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"). The past two winners in the category, Sally Field of "Brothers & Sisters" and Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: SVU," round out the category.

There weren't as many surprises on the comedy side. The past two winners for best comedy series, NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office," are nominated again, along with perennials "Two and a Half Men," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage."

"30 Rock" is also the leading nominee of any regular series with 17. Stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey were nominated in their respective lead acting categories.

Among the snubs this year were "The Wire," which was once again shut out for best drama series and all the acting categories. Its lone nomination went to David Simon and Ed Burns for writing the season finale. "Battlestar Galactica" picked up six nods, including one for writing, but didn't make the cut for any acting or series honors. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty," nominated last year for outstanding drama and comedy, respectively, couldn't repeat.

HBO once again is the leading network, racking up 85 total nominations, including 23 -- the most of any program -- for its miniseries "John Adams." ABC has 76 nods, including a dozen for its first-year series "Pushing Daisies." CBS (51) and NBC (50) are also among the leaders. Cable insurgents AMC, Showtime, FX and TNT racked up a combined 62 nods.

Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") and Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") announced the nominees at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Thursday morning. When they were done, they learned that they'd each been nominated for their supporting roles on the show.

The 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21 on ABC.

Here's a partial list of nominees; the full list is at Emmys.tv.

Outstanding Drama Series

"Boston Legal" (ABC)
"Damages" (FX)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"House" (FOX)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Mad Men" (AMC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)
"Entourage" (HBO)
"The Office" (NBC)
"Two and a Half Men" (CBS)

Outstanding Miniseries

"The Andromeda Strain" (A&E)
"Cranford" (PBS)
"John Adams" (HBO)
"Tin Man" (Sci Fi)

Outstanding Made-for-TV Movie

"Bernard and Doris" (HBO)
"Extras: The Extra-Special Series Finale" (HBO)
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" (Lifetime)
"A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC)
"Recount" (HBO)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
"American Idol" (FOX)
"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
"Project Runway" (Bravo)
"Top Chef" (Bravo)

Lead Actress, Drama

Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Lead Actor, Drama

Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
James Spader, "Boston Legal"

Lead Actress, Comedy

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

Lead Actor, Comedy

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Lee Pace, "Pushing Daisies"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

Supporting Actress, Drama

Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal"
Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

Supporting Actor, Drama

Ted Danson, "Damages"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
Zeljko Ivanek, "Damages"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jean Smart, "Samantha Who?"
Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"

Reality/Reality-Competition Host

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars"
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway"
Howie Mandel, "Deal or No Deal"
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"

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