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No detail too small at Emmys

Cryer makes rare leap from supporting to lead

Nothing’s trivial about the Emmys to the actors themselves, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t interesting trivia surrounding this year’s Emmy nominations. To wit:

  • Jon Cryer earned a lead comedy actor nom for “Two and a Half Men” after supporting noms for the same show in previous years, becoming the first to make that leap since Ed Asner of “The Mary Tyler Moore” went from supporting in 1977 to lead in 1978. Other sitcom actors have gone from supporting to lead while playing the same character on different shows, such as Robert Guillaume for “Soap” and “Benson” (1979-80) and Kelsey Grammer for “Cheers” and, before “Frasier,” “Wings” in 1992.

  • The role of Charlie Harper on “Men” earned its fifth Emmy nom — the first as played by Kathy Bates, who portrayed Charlie Sheen’s deceased character as an apparition on the CBS sitcom.

  • Combined with her “Harry’s Law” lead actress nom, Bates now has 11 such nods without a victory — the most of any thesp nominated in 2012. Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler are each looking for a statuette after six total noms (inclusive of this year), while “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron is seeking his first win after seven nods.

  • One-time “Rawhide” star Clint Eastwood has never gotten an Emmy acting nom, but now one of his commercials has. The mid-Super Bowl spot “It’s Halftime in America” is one of the final five for top ad.

  • Simultaneous congrats and condolences go to ABC’s “Pan Am,” which received three nominations — the most of any canceled series.

  • Of the six “Downton Abbey” acting choices, the five who aren’t named Maggie Smith received their first career Emmy noms.

  • Five nominations this year for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” boost its all-time total to 39, the most of any series or individual nominated this year that is still looking for its second victory. Its creator and star, Larry David, now has 23 noms but only two wins, both with “Seinfeld” in 1993.

  • Jeff Probst’s streak of four consecutive reality host noms — including three victories — came to an end this year.

  • “Modern Family” led all sitcoms in 2012 with 14 noms and won in the writing category in 2010 and 2011, but the Academy scripted no writing noms for the show this time around.

  • With 14 noms in 2012, “Saturday Night Live” fell two short of last year’s all-time single-season record for a variety program. But it extended its historical mark for most total Emmy noms for a single skein, with 156.

  • There is some serious experience in the variety special category, which boasts programs centered on Betty White, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett, and Kennedy Center honorees Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins, Meryl Streep and Yo-Yo Ma. Oh, and “Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker.”

  • It’s not the Emmys without camera specialist Hector Ramirez, who extended his all-time record for individual noms to 68, thanks to nods for his work on “Dancing with the Stars,” the Grammys, the Kennedy Center Awards and the Oscars. All-time No. 2 Sheila Nevins, the HBO doc specialist, earned five to jump to 59, including two for “The Weight of the Nation.”

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