Broadcast networks sweep comedy categories

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HBO garnered the most attention overall while the broadcast networks scored a sweep of bids in the comedy field in nominations for the 63rd annual Emmy Awards announced Thursday.

HBO’s miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” starring Kate Winslet, led all programs with 21 Emmy bids, followed by outstanding series nominees “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Modern Family.” HBO was the most-nominated network for the 12th consecutive year.

“Boardwalk” is one of two new HBO dramas vying for best series, the other being the fantasy “Game of Thrones.” “Mad Men,” “Dexter,” “The Good Wife” and the final season of “Friday Night Lights” round out the category.

A fourth straight Emmy win for “Mad Men” would equal previous streaks by “The West Wing” and “Hill Street Blues” as best drama. (“L.A. Law” also won four times, but not consecutively.)

As for comedy, defending champ “Modern Family” faces “Glee,” “The Big Bang Theory” and three surviving members of NBC’s Thursday lineup, “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.”

In terms of breakthroughs, one of the biggest has to be “The Kennedys,” a historical miniseries that earned a nomination in the movie/mini race despite being dropped by the network that commissioned it, History, and finally airing on the little-seen ReelzChannel. Stars Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper also received noms.

Thanks in part to its continuing domination of the longform arena, HBO has been the most-nominated network overall for 12 consecutive years, topping the 100-nomination plateau for the second straight year. The pay service more than doubled the total for the nearest network, CBS.

HBO has won the Emmy for outstanding movie 16 of the last 18 years, and rather ostentatiously swept all eight on-air categories during last year’s primetime telecast.

Notably, the movie and miniseries categories have been combined this year. The field consists of two movies and four miniseries, with a trio of HBO contenders — “Mildred Pierce” and the movies “Cinema Verite” and “Too Big to Fail” — facing PBS’ period drama “Downton Abbey,” Starz’s acquisition “Pillars of the Earth” and “The Kennedys,” which snagged 10 nods in total.

Presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the main awards ceremony will be Sept. 18 and televised on Fox, kicking off a new eight-year TV agreement. The creative arts awards, devoted primarily to categories for technical achievement, will be presented Sept. 10.

2011 EMMY NOMINATIONS
‘Mildred Pierce tops Emmy noms | 2011 Emmy nominations list (part I)
Emmy nominations list (part II) |
Road to the Emmys 2011

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