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Glee, Modern Family and The Good Wife bring fresh blood to Emmy nominations

Glee_logo It was an insurgency experts predicted for weeks.

Still, watching Fox's Glee, CBS' the Good Wife and ABC's Modern Family rack up impressive heaps of honors in the nominations for the 62nd annual Emmy Awards announced today, it was obvious this inspired crop of newcomers had changed the TV game in a seriously positive way.

Glee alone amassed 19 nominations, including nods for best comedy series, best comedy actor ( Matthew Morrison), best comedy actress ( Lea Michele) and best comedy supporting actress ( Jane Lynch). Only HBO's grand World War II documentary The Pacific scored a higher haul, grabbing 24 nods in categories the premium channel's big-ticket miniseries usually dominate.

Glee and Modern Family dominated the supporting actor categories in comedy, with fan favorites such as Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel), Sofia Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett) and Neil Patrick Harris (Bryan Ryan) scoring major nods.

Was interesting to see Showtime's Nurse Jackie, a show about a drug-addicted nurse which often plays as a half-hour drama, nominated in comedy. And seeing Friday Night Lights stars Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler score their first nominations for this series' excellent season is a wonderful validation for all the twists and turns NBC has endured to keep this series on air.

Just as some critics were ready to write off network TV as a wasteland of reality shows and predictable cop dramas, along come a bracing mix of new series to prove there's still life on TV's biggest stages.

Conan Some cool notes: troubled, overpaid sitcom star Charlie Sheen took another knock, deservedly shut out of the comedy acting nomination for Glee's Morrison. And ousted Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien had the  satisfaction of seeing his version of the program nominated for four Emmys, while the guy who took back the job, Jay Leno, scored none.

Finally, Mad Men's January Jones got an Emmy nod (at least one season too late), and ABC's Lost saw major nominations for stars Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson, along with a nod for best drama, in its final, amazing season.

As you might expect in a TV season with so many good performances to choose from, there were also some snubs. Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal didn't get a nod many thought she deserved for a particularly emotional season; Men of a Certain Age star Ray Romano was overlooked while co-star Andre Braugher got a supporting actor nod in comedy.

CBS' Survivor didn't get nominated for best reality competition show for one of its best seasons in a long Archie Punjabi while, though American Idol scored another nomination for a season many critics said was among the program's worst. And David Simon (The Wire, Homicide, Life on the Street) continued his troubled relationship to Emmy, seeing his HBO drama Treme virtually shut out of major categories.

Given Treme's cast diversity, its poor showing help explain why Emmy's track record on diversity remains awful this year, with just three people of color among the major acting nominees (Vergara, Braugher and the most-excellent Archie Panjabi, at right, on the Good Wife). 

The Emmy academy didn't totally ditch it's habit of nomination the same names, however. Hard to explain why Monk's Tony Shalhoub, Old Christine's Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Law & Order's Mariska Hargitay got nods for their aging -- and in some cases, canceled -- shows.

New Late Night host Jimmy Fallon will host this year's Emmycast, airing at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 on NBC. To see the full list of nominees, click here or look below for the major categories.

Nominees in major categories:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with

Warner Bros. Television

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO • HBO Entertainment

Larry David as Himself

 

Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century

Fox TV

Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester

 

Monk • USA • Universal Cable Productions in association with Mandeville

Films and ABC Studios

Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk

 

The Office • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association

with Universal Media Studios

Steve Carell as Michael Scott

 

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with

Universal Media Studio

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

 

Dexter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The

Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan

 

Friday Night Lights • DirecTV • Imagine Entertainment in association with

Universal Media Studios and Film 44

Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor

 

House • FOX • Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films,

Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions

Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House

 

Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network

and Studios

Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard

 

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Jon Hamm as Don Draper

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century

Fox TV

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry

 

The New Adventures Of Old Christine • CBS • Kari's Logo Here in association

with Warner Bros. Television

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell

 

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, Jackson

Group Entertainment, Madison Grain Elevator, Inc. & Delong Lumber; A Caryn

Mandabach Production

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

 

Parks And Recreation • NBC • Produced by Deedle-Dee Productions and

Universal Media Studios

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

 

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with

Universal Media Studio

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

 

United States Of Tara • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Dreamworks

Television

Toni Collette as Tara Gregson

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

The Closer • TNT • The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner

Bros. Television

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson

 

Damages • FX Networks • Sony Pictures Television, FX Productions and KZK

Productions

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes

 

Friday Night Lights • DirecTV • Imagine Entertainment in association with

Universal Media Studios and Film 44

Connie Britton as Tami Taylor

 

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Productions

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick

 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC • Wolf Films in association with

Universal Media Studios

Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson

 

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

January Jones as Betty Draper

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century

Fox TV

Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel

 

How I Met Your Mother • CBS • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

 

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell

 

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker

 

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

 

Two And A Half Men • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum

Company in association with Warner Bros. Television

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

 

Damages • FX Networks • Sony Pictures Television, FX Productions and KZK

Productions

Martin Short as Leonard Winstone

 

Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network

and Studios

Terry O'Quinn as John Locke

 

Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network

and Studios

Michael Emerson as Ben Linus

 

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

John Slattery as Roger Sterling

 

Men Of A Certain Age • TNT • TNT Original Productions

Andre Braugher as Owen

 

 

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.

Phil Keoghan as Host

 

American Idol • FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.

Ryan Seacrest as Host

 

Dancing With The Stars • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions

Tom Bergeron as Host

 

Project Runway • Lifetime • The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-

Murray Productions and Full Picture

Heidi Klum as Host

 

Survivor • CBS • SEG Inc.

Jeff Probst as Host

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO • HBO Entertainment

 

Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century

Fox TV

 

Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television

 

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, Jackson

Group Entertainment, Madison Grain Elevator, Inc. & Delong Lumber; A Caryn

Mandabach Production

 

The Office • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association

with Universal Media Studios

 

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with

Universal Media Studio

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

 

Dexter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The

Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

 

The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Productions

 

Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network

and Studios

 

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

 

True Blood • HBO • Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with

HBO Entertainment

 

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy

Productions and Spartina Productions

 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

 

Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO • Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey

Television in association with HBO Entertainment

 

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and

Broadway Video

 

The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien • NBC • Conaco & NBC Universal

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:15pm]

    

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