'Mad Men' challenged by newcomers and one farewell skein.
Actors often score big kudos when playing a character dramatically different from themselves.
Larry David may have taken the year off, but Emmy voters were quick to fill his spot with two other lead actors playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
The high interest that naturally accrues to this hugely competitive category is somewhat muted by the TV Academy's tendency to repeat itself.
True-life personas dominate this year's noms in the lead actor in a miniseries or movie category, with only British thesp Idris Elba's "Luther" a wholly fictional creation.
This year's roster for nominees is procedural heavy, with four of the six noms lauded for their work on legal and detective series.
Emmy voters got serious about spreading the funny-lady love this year, as no fewer than half of the nominees are competing in this race for the first time.
That three of the five women nominated for lead actress in a miniseries or movie either hail from England or adopt a British accent isn't particularly surprising.
Though films may be their bread and butter, femmes find smallscreen projects are giving them newfound fame.
With all six of its primary actors nominated for Emmys this year in the supporting categories, "Modern Family" not only made a bit of Emmy history, it drove home the point that we're currently…
When the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced in July, broadcast networks could be heartened by one fact: their fare swept the slots for top comedy series.
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