Is the power of "Glee" over?
In 2010, the Fox musical show rocked the Emmys with 19 nominations and four wins, and had a respectable outing last year with 12 nominations and two wins.
But that's not the same this year with "Glee" picking up just three nominations -- all in technical categories -- as the Academy of Arts & Television Sciences announce this year's nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Also seeing a bit of a decline is HBO, which last year stormed the Emmys with 104 nominations translating into 19 wins. This year, the cable channel still leads all cable outlets, but it is down to 81 nominations.
Hardest hit was "Game of Thrones," which grabbed nominations for Outstanding Drama Series as well as a potential repeat win for Peter Dinklage in Outstanding Supporting Actor, but was shut out in both the writing and directing categories.
The new leaders are shows like "Breaking Bad," which took a year off last year only to score a series record 13 nominations in 2012. PBS' "Downton Abbey" moved from the miniseries category to drama and pulled in 16 nominations compared to its 11 nods and six wins last year.
And then there's "American Horror Story." The FX series had 17 nominations for its first season among miniseries and movies, including Connie Britton for Outstanding Lead Actress, both Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Miniseries overall. Noticeably absent, however, were nods for writing or directing.
Among dramas, the race this year is between HBO and AMC, with a little PBS and Showtime thrown in. HBO is offering both "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" while AMC has its own fighters, "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men." PBS has "Downton Abbey" on its side, while Showtime is up for Golden Globe winner "Homeland."
The honored actors is a familiar slate that includes Steve Buscemi from "Boardwalk Empire," Michael C. Hall from Showtime's "Dexter," Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad," Hugh Bonneville from "Downton Abbey," Jon Hamm from "Mad Men" and Damian Lewis from "Homeland."
Between all of them, they have 23 nominations (not including this year), but only one has accepted a statue in the past -- Cranston, who has won three times for "Breaking Bad." Buscemi is looking for his first win in five tries, Hall in seven tries and Hamm in eight tries. Last year's winner, Kyle Chandler, was on the now-cancelled "Friday Night Lights."
For actresses, it's also mostly familiar. Julianna Marguiles for "The Good Wife" on CBS, Michelle Dockery for "Downton Abbey," Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men," Kathy Bates for NBC's now-cancelled "Harry's Law," Claire Danes for "Homeland" and Glenn Close for DirecTV's "Damages."
Marguiles, who won this category last year, now has nine nominations and two wins, while Dockery is enjoying her first. Moss has four nominations now, while Bates is looking for her first win in 11 tries. Danes has won an Emmy in 2010 for "Temple Grandin" and now has three nominations, while Close has now been nominated 14 times with three past wins.
In the supporting categories it's Archie Panjabi of "The Good Wife," Anna Gunn from "Breaking Bad," Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey," Joanne Froggatt from "Downton Abbey," Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" and Christine Baranski from "Good Wife" all in the actress category. For the actors, it's Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad," Giancarlo Esposito from "Breaking Bad," Brendan Coyle from "Downton Abbey," Jim Carter from "Downton Abbey," Jared Harris from "Mad Men," and Dinklage from "Game of Thrones."
Guest actress nominees include Joan Cusack for "Shameless," Uma Thurman for NBC's "Smash," Julia Ormond for "Mad Men," Loretta Devine for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Jean Smart for "Harry's Law" and Martha Plimpton for "Good Wife." For the men, it's Mark Margolis for "Breaking Bad," Jeremy Davies for "Justified," Jason Ritter for "Parenthood," Ben Feldman for "Mad Men," and both Dylan Baker and Michael J. Fox for "Good Wife."
Sami Chellas and Matthew Weiner both have two nominations in the writing category for "Mad Men" for their episodes, "The Other Woman" and "Far Away Place." Also nominated for "Mad Men" are Andre and Maria Jacquemetton for "Commissions and Fees." Julian Fellowes earned a nod for writing "Episode 7" of "Downton Abbey" while the team of Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff earned kudos for the pilot of "Homeland."
Among directors, the awards were a little more spread around. Tim Van Patten earned a nod for his "Boardwalk Empire" Episode "To the Lost," Vince Gillian for the "Breaking Bad" episode "Face Off," Brian Percival for "Downton Abbey's" "Episode 7," Phil Abraham for "Mad Men's" "The Other Woman," and Michael Cuesta for the pilot of "Homeland."
On the comedy side, Most Outstanding Series is a fight among three HBO shows -- "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Girls" and "Veep" along with "30 Rock" on NBC, "Modern Family" on ABC and "Big Bang Theory" on CBS. This is one of 14 nominations for "Modern Family," which won the comedy category last year, and among 13 for "30 Rock," which will end its season this year.
Zooey Deschanel received her first Emmy nomination for the Fox series "New Girl" in the Outstanding Actress category. She is joined by Lena Dunham from "Girls," Edie Falco from "Nurse Jackie," Amy Poehler from "Parks and Recreation," Tina Fey from "30 Rock," Julia Louise-Dreyfus from "Veep" and Melissa McCarthy from "Mike & Molly."
McCarthy is last year's winner in this category, and now has three nominations (including her work on "Saturday Night Live"). This is also Dunham's first nomination, but one of three nods she received (including writing and directing for "Girls" as well), while Falco is an old pro with 10 nominations now, and four wins in the past for both "The Sopranos" and "Nurse Jackie."
Poehler is an Emmy regular with seven nominations, yet she has not had a win as of yet. Fey does, however, with seven wins in 22 nominations over the years. Louis-Dreyfus has 13 nominations to her resume and two wins, one for "Seinfeld" and one for "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
For Outstanding Actor, it's Larry David from "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Jon Cryer from "Two and a Half Men," Louis C.K. from "Louie," Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory," Don Cheadle from "House of Lies" and Alec Baldwin from "30 Rock."
David has been nominated 23 times, and has two wins in the past for his writing work on "Seinfeld." Cryer one for "Two and a Half Men" in 2009 and has been nominated seven times. C.K. has been nominated 15 times, and does have a win back in 1999 as a writer for "The Chris Rock Show."
Parsons won this category last year and the year before, and this now marks his fourth Emmy nomination. Cheadle has been nominated five times now and is still looking for his first win. Baldwin now has 13 nominations, and has won twice for "30 Rock" in 2008 and 2009.
Among Supporting Actresses, the nominees include Mayim Bialik from "Big Bang Theory," Merritt Wever from "Nurse Jackie," Julie Bowen from "Modern Family," Kristen Wiig from "Saturday Night Live," Sofia Vergara from "Modern Family," and the late Kathryn Joosten from "Desperate Housewives" on ABC.
Bialik has been nominated for the first time, as has Wever. Bowen has three nominations and one win (last year), while Wiig has five nominations. Vergara is up for the third time for "Modern Family," while Joosten has now been nominated four times, including two wins -- both for "Desperate Housewives" in 2005 and 2008.
"Modern Family" dominates Supporting Actor once again -- Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, last year's winner Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet. Also nominated are Bill Hader from "Saturday Night Live" and Max Greenfield from "New Girl."
The only first-timer here is Greenfield who plays Schmidt in the Fox series. O'Neill has two nominations, Ferguson three, and Stonestreet three with one win (in 2010 for "Modern Family"). Hader now has three nominations and one win, for his work on Comedy Central's "South Park" in 2009.
There are some big names in Guest Actress like Bates for "Two and a Half Men," Maya Rudolph for "Saturday Night Live," Elizabeth Banks for "30 Rock," Dot-Marie Jones for "Glee," McCarthy for "Saturday Night Live" and comedienne Margaret Cho for "30 Rock." Among the actors, it's Fox for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Bobby Cannavale for "Nurse Jackie," Jimmy Fallon for "Saturday Night Live," Will Arnett for "30 Rock," Greg Kinnear for "Modern Family" and Hamm for "30 Rock."
Writers competing include C.K. for his "Louie" episode "Pregnant," Dunham for the pilot of "Girls," Poehler for the "Parks and Recreation" episode "The Debate," Michael Schur for the "Parks and Recreation" episode "Win, Lose or Draw," and Chris McKenna for the "Community" episode "Remedial Chaos Theory."
Directors competing in comedy include Robert B. Weide for "Palestinian Chicken" from "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Dunham for the "Girls" episode "She Did," Jake Kasdan for the pilot of "New Girl," C.K. for the "Louie" episode "Duckling," Jason Winer for the "Modern Family" episode "Virgin Territory," and Steven Levitan for the "Modern Family" episode "Baby on Board."
Finally, among miniseries and movies, there are some great projects to talk about. For the overall prize, it's "Game Change" from HBO, the hit FX series "American Horror Story," "Hemingway & Gellhorn" from HBO, the popular PBS series "Sherlock," "Luther" from BBC America, and History's "Hatfields & McCoys."
For Lead Actress, the nominees include Julianne Moore for "Game Change," Britton for "American Horror Story," Nicole Kidman for "Hemingway," Emma Thompson for "The Song of Lunch" and Ashley Judd for "Missing."
Moore received her first Emmy nomination for her portrayal of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Also up for the first time is Oscar winner Kidman vying for her first Emmy. For Britton, this is her third nomination, while Judd is enjoying her second. Thompson has been nominated five times now, and has won once -- for her guest spot in the comedy "Ellen" in 1998.
For actors, it's Woody Harrelson for "Game Change," Clive Owen for "Hemingway," Benedict Cumberbatch for "Sherlock," Idris Elba for "Luther," and both Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton for "Hatfields & McCoys."
This is the first nomination for Owen, Cumberbatch, Costner and Paxton. Harrelson has seven nominations to his credit, including a win in 1989 for "Cheers." Elba has three nominations, including "The Big C" and a 2011 nomination for "Luther."
For Supporting Actress, there are two "American Horror Story" nominations: Conroy and Lange. Also up are Sarah Paulson for "Game Change," Judy Davis for "Page Eight" and Mare Winningham for "Hatfields." The only newcomer here is Paulson for her role as Nicolle Wallace.
Davis has been nominated 11 times, and has three wins in 1995, 2001 and 2007. Winningham has been nominated seven times with two wins, for "Amber Waves" in 1980 and "George Wallace" in 1998. Lange, who won a Golden Globe for her amazing portrayal of Constance Langdon in "American Horror Story" has four nominations and one win, in 2009, for "Grey Gardens."
Conroy, who is best known for her work in "Six Feet Under," has five nominations and is looking for her first win.
Among Supporting Actors, it's a race between Ed Harris for "Game Change," Denis O'Hare for "American Horror Story," David Strathairn for "Hemingway," Martin Freeman for "Sherlock" and Tom Berenger for "Hatfields." These are the first nominations for O'Hare and Freeman, but the second for Harris, Strathairn and Berenger. Among them, however, only Strathairn has won in the past -- in 2010 for "Temple Grandin."
Writers being honored are Danny Strong for "Game Change," Steven Moffat for "Sherlock," Abi Morgan for "The Hour," Nail Cross for "Luther," and the team of Ted Mann, Ronald Parker and Bill Kerby for "Hatfields & McCoys. On the directing side, it's Jay Roach for "Game Plan," Philip Kaufman for "Hemingway & Gellhorn," Paul McGuigan for "Sherlock," Kevin Reynolds for "Hatfields & McCoys," and Sam Miller for Luther.
CBS led all network nominations this year with 60, up from 50 last year. Close behind was PBS with 58 nominations, up from 43 last year. Between the two, however, PBS had more wins in 2011 with 14 compared to 11 from CBS. NBC had 51 nominations while ABC followed with 48 and Fox with 26.
Fox is the only network to lose nominations from the previous year. In 2011, it had 42 nominations and nine wins.
HBO once again led cable with 81 nominations, but was down from 104 last year. AMC increased its nod take from 29 to 34, followed by FX with 26 and Showtime with 22. Last year, FX had just six nominations and one win.
There were also some new Emmy nomination records this year. Hector Ramirez, a cameraman known for his work in awards shows and "Dancing With the Stars," collected his 68th nomination this year. He's won 17 times dating back to 1986. Sheila Nevins, a documentary producer for HBO and Cinemax, now has 59 nominations. She has won 23 times dating back to 1995.
"Saturday Night Live" picked up 14 nominations this year, bringing its overall total to 156 overall, keeping it well ahead of "ER" with 124 and "Cheers" with 117.
Emmy awards will be handed out Sept. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.
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