Road to the Emmys 2012: Down to the Wire

• Funnyman Louis C.K. broke the record for most individual nominations with seven total nods: Three for his show “Louie” and four for his comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater.” In doing so, C.K. dethroned David Lynch , who garnered five noms for the first season of “Twin Peaks.”

• Bill Hader is the first supporting actor nominee for “Saturday Night Live” since Eddie Murphy picked up a nom in 1983.

• Cablers may have dominated the Emmy race overall, but the broadcast nets still reign supreme in the comedy supporting actor-actress categories, with only Merritt Wever receiving the lone nom for her work on “Nurse Jackie.”

• This is the first time “American Idol” will be missing from the reality competition race after being nommed every year since the category’s inception in 2003.

• Lead actress in a miniseries or movie noms Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman bring a combined 13 Oscar nominations and two wins to the table.

• “Mad Men” will be absent from the costume for a series category for the first time since the show’s arrival in the Emmy race in 2008, taking the retro trend along with it.

• A cable series has only won once for best comedy — “Sex and the City” in 2001 — but with three HBO noms this year, there’s a 50% chance the streak could be broken.

• Out of the four shows nominated for writing in a comedy series, only “Girls” also received a series nom.

• Though the noms for lead actress in a drama category are category vets, there is one noticeable absence: Mariska Hargitay did not receive a nomination for her work on “Law & Order: SVU” for the first time since 2004.

• For the past 11 years only five different shows have won as top drama series ( “Mad Men,” “The Sopranos,” “24,” “Lost,” “The West Wing” ), as opposed to eight for comedy.

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