Yup, it’s that time of the year again. That time of the year where we TV folk bitch and moan about what shows won’t be getting some golden Emmy love because the Academy is full of old people who think basic cable is what holds up the Brooklyn Bridge, which they also saw get built… I think…

That said, this year’s Emmy Nominations are no more surprising than they were last year. Mad Men leads in the scripted drama series dept with nineteen nominations, but more interestingly, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce leads the overall with twenty one nominations.

Before we get and further into this, let’s check out some of the shows that didn’t get nominated for anything in either overall, acting or technical categories (not that any of this matters, like usual).

  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Community
  • Parenthood
  • Rescue Me

Okay, that’s enough dead horse kicking. Those and scores of others got burned this year. It’s happened before, it will happen again.

Moving forward to some pretty cool nominations:

  • Louie C.K. received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his starring role in Louie.
  • Both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress In A Drama Series for their respective roles in Friday Night Lights.
  • Timothy Olyphant also received a nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category for Justified.
  • Andre Braugher grabbed a Best Supporting In A Drama nom for Men of A Certain Age.
  • Apparently every character on Modern Family is considered a supporting character because they grabbed four of those in the male category, one of which went to Ty Burell. How does that work?
  • Despite the controversy surrounding the show, Jon Cryer still walked away with a supporting nomination for Two and a Half Men.
  • Matt Damon scored himself a nomination for his guest appearance on 30 Rock.
  • Julia Stiles also grabbed a nomination for her guest appearance in Dexter.
  • Conan scored a nomination for Best Variety Show.
  • Friday Night Lights managed a nomination for Best Drama for its final season.
  • Game of Thrones also grabbed a nomination in the same category.

Not a cool nomination, but rather a “what the hell is wrong with you?” nomination, Glee managed to grab one of the Best Comedy Series nominations despite the piss poor reception it received from critics in season two.

And as a quick bonus factoid, South Park received a nomination for Best Animated Program, and it did it for the episode “Crack Baby Athletic Association,” which I find amazing.

Perhaps what is the most unpredictable category this year will be the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series category since three time consecutive winner Bryan Cranston was not eligible this year. It would be great to see Hugh Laurie limp away with the prize for once.

All in all, the nominations list this year is pretty solid. Some misses for sure, but solid none the less.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Glee star (and Best Supporting nominee) Jane Lynch and will air September 18th on FOX.

Want to read more Channel Guide? Of course you do.

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