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Emmy noms full of fodder for TV buffs

The 39-page list of Emmy nominations is full of tidbits and whaddya-know items. Among them:

•The nominations for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” represent the first time since 1964 (“Mr. Novak” and “The Richard Boone Show” on NBC) that one network has placed two new shows in the best drama category.

•Matt LeBlanc joins an elite group of actors to get nominated as lead actor in two primetime comedy series. Over the past 30 years, only Michael J. Fox (“Spin City” and “Family Ties”) has pulled it off. Actually, John Ritter did them both one better by being nominated as lead actor for three series (“Three’s Company,” “Hooperman” and “8 Simple Rules”).

•For the first time since 2005 — and for only the second time in the past 15 years — CBS leads the broadcast pack in nominations.

•This is the fifth straight year that AMC has been the most-nominated basic cable network. A&E and TNT led the way in the early 2000s.

• Fox has this year’s two most-nominated reality programs: “American Idol” with 10, and “So You Think You Can Dance” with eight.

Other than CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” and “Two and a Half Men,” the only numerically titled programs nommed for an Emmy were all in the thirtysomething range: NBC’s “30 Rock,” ESPN’s “30 for 30” and TV Land’s “Retired at 35.”

•Other than “Modern Family,” which nabbed six Emmy noms for its thesps, the only other regular on an ABC series nominated was one who seldom appears onscreen (voiceover nominee Brenda Strong, who portrays Mary Alice).

•This is the first time in 10 years that neither CBS’ “Late Show” nor NBC’s “Tonight Show” is nominated in variety, music or comedy series. The Eye’s David Letterman entry has now been missing from the category for two straight years, while the NBC institution, whose Conan O’Brien-hosted version was nommed a year ago, hasn’t earned a nomination for a season hosted by Jay Leno since 2003.

•”Nikita” becomes the first CW original to be nominated. Net’s previous nominees “Smallville” (the WB) and “Everybody Hates Chris” (UPN) originated on other nets.

•NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which has been on the air since 1975, received 16 nominations — its most ever. It holds the record for series nominations (142) and has won 28 awards.

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