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'Mad Men,' 'American Horror Story' lead Emmy nominations




Primetime Emmy nominations are out now, and lo and behold, Mad Men was tops with 17 nominations. Well, tops with American Horror Story, which also got 17 nominations. And believe it or not, Juice*heads, we're not going to bash the 1960s-era drama, because thanks to Mrs. Juice*'s desire to not watch any reality TV, it's on Netflix rotation at stately Juice* Manor. You were right, okay? Is that what you wanted to hear?

The real story, of course, is that Mad Men may win its fifth Emmy for a drama series, breaking a four-way tie with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The West Wing for shows that have taken home four best series trophies. "It's insane. I can't believe it," Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner told the AP. "I can't believe we are on the air. I can't believe that people don't call AMC A&E anymore. I'm so proud of the network."

But hot on its heels is American Horror Story, which is ruling FX and includes an acting nomination for Connie Britton. It's listed as a miniseries, despite competing as a drama in the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. That's what happens with such a high staff turnover and storyline change for next season. Downton Abbey and miniseries Hatfields & McCoys both got 16 nominations, and another miniseries, Hemingway & Gellhorn, earned 15.

Two-time comedy show winner Modern Family was back with 14 nods, while Girls' Lena Dunham was nominated for acting, writing and directing, plus best comedy series. People are very impressed with a version of Sex and the City about spoiled white girls who are even younger than Carrie Bradshaw and friends.

As usual, the snubs are kind of the bigger story: Survivor's Jeff Probst was bumped in favor of Betty White as reality show host for Off Their Rockers. Parks and Recreation and Community were snubbed in the comedy department. Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson was shut out. Mad Men's Jack Slattery got nothing.

The list of nominations goes on and on, so go to for the full list. The ceremony is scheduled to air on ABC on Sept. 23.

[Photo: Jimmy Kimmel wore his pajamas to the early morning announcement. Kerry Washington seems thrilled. Getty Images]


[Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 4:29pm]


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