Emmy Nominations 2011: Mad Men, Boardwalk and Modern Family Lead the Pack

Nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday, and AMC’s Mad Men has something to drink to, leading all series with 19 total nods. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire placed second with 18, while ABC’s Modern Family netted 17. Overall, HBO’s Mildred Pierce miniseries was the most-recognized piece of programming, with 21 noms.

Network-versus-network, HBO dominated with 104 nominations. Rounding out the Top 5 were CBS (50), NBC (46), PBS (43) and Fox (42).

Here now, the nominees in all the major categories. Your job, as fellow TV enthusiasts, is to hit the comments with euphoria… or outrage. (But err on the side of euphoria, ‘K?)

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Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Bruce Dern, Big Love
Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Robert Morse, Mad Men

Mary McDonnell, The Closer
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Randee Heller, Man Men
Cara Buono, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Alfre Woodard, True Blood

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The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Idris Elba, The Big C
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Matt Damon, 30 Rock
Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

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Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Jeff Probst, Survivor

The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, Fox
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance, Fox
Top Chef, Bravo

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Conan, TBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Cinema Verite, HBO
Downton Abbey, PBS
The Kennedys, ReelzChannel
Mildred Pierce, HBO
The Pillars of the Earth, Starz
Too Big To Fail, HBO

The complete list of Emmy nominations can be found at Emmys.com.

The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Fox is broadcasting this year’s show, with Glee Emmy winner Jane Lynch serving as host.

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  1. GOP says:

    The Emmy’s are rigged. I don’t see why anyone even watches anymore, if you want to see your fav celeb’s just watch E!’s coverage on the red carpet, then turn the chanel, and wait for the next day to see a list of who won, instead of wasting 2 hours on a non-funny boring awards show that is run by popularity and won by old favorites.

    Why oh, why is Mariska Hargitay still nominated for L&O: SVU? (rigged, I thought that show was cancelled, they nominate her every year because they’re up her ass)
    I didn’t expect Kaley Cuoco, or Courtney Cox (cmon she couldnt even get nominated for Friends) to get nominated this year, nor did I expect to see Community up there.
    Yeah, Glee was/is not funny but its not a drama and its really popualar (once again, rigged, and shows like this bring in the question to add a Dramedy catergory).
    At least FNL is getting some love before the final season, these noms for them are a little to late for me.
    Too many Modern Family noms, the show was better its first season.
    Lastly, Hugh Laurie for House? I thought House was on repeat this year? (Another classic example of the Emmy’s being up someones ass).

    But as long as, Ryan Seacrest does not win for AI, I think I wont faint.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    YAY for the genius that is Amy Poehler!! And SO happy to see Martha Plimpton on there; she is amazing.

    And beyond thrilled to see Timothy Olyphant & Walton Goggins were nominated. Two of the most talented men on tv imho!!!!

    Also it’s great to see Game of Thrones get some love. It’s a fantastic show with some amazing actors!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh, and so happy that Parks & Rec was recognized. That show is so awesome and is hands down one of my fav shows ever (along with Community).

  3. Keira says:

    Supernatural never gets nominated and there have been some pretty noteworthy performances on that show!

  4. kirain says:

    I hope modern family will win a lot of nominations. I think this year nominators are awesome

  5. Brando says:

    Best Drama: Boardwalk Empire
    Best Actor: Steve Buscemi
    Best Actress: Kathy Bates
    Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Braugher
    Best Supporting Actress: Kelly Macdonald

    Best Comedy: Modern Family
    Best Actor: Steve Carrell
    Best Actress: Martha Plimpton
    Best Supporting Actor: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    Best Supporting Actress: Sofia Vergara

  6. guest says:

    So Enos did one good pilot in a series that is a weak copy of the Danish original. And we also nominate a Mariska H, beacuse wll, we always do, don’t we, does not matter if she has nothing to show for.
    And oh Kathy Bates, that is a name we recognise.

    Do voters actually watch for what they are voting?

    If they have, they would have seen how fantastic Anna Torv is.

    Actually in the case of Fringe, Anna Torv and John Noble are non-americans, not working in Hollywood it would not be that would it???

    OK, done with the Emmy, no value at all, proven today.

    PS. I really do hope that Emmy and who ever will broadcast the thing will have the decency NOT to insult Anna to force her to present an award.

  7. Ingmar says:

    Should win :

    Best Drama: Mad Men
    Best Actor: Steve Buscemi
    Best Actress: Julianna Marguilles
    Best Supporting Actor: Alan Cumming
    Best Supporting Actress: Archie Panjabi / Michelle Forbes

    Best Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
    Best Actor: Jim Parsons
    Best Actress: Martha Plimpton / Melissa McCarthy
    Best Supporting Actor: Chris Colfer
    Best Supporting Actress: Jane Krakowski

    As for guest spots in drama, it should go to Beau Bridges & Loretta Divine

  8. Ashton says:

    The Good Wife is on Fire!

  9. Courtney says:

    It’s Andre Braugher not Andrew!

  10. MelindaB says:

    Yay for the FNL and Good Wife noms, but so many of these read like, “Hey, what show is getting a lot of buzz? OK, let’s nominate that one.” I really don’t think that the committee is actually watching the screeners that they get. I love Modern Family, but The Middle is, to me, a funnier show and deserves some attention. Craig Ferguson should have had SNL’s nomination. How NPH, Fringe, Nathan Fillion and Andrew Lincoln were left off of the list, I have no idea.

  11. Buffy Freak says:

    Perhaps the single worst Emmy moment is The Cleveland Show being nominated for Best Animated Series while Archer was not…

  12. Vetle says:

    Every year I get my hopes up (Dexter actually winning a price), then Mad Men comes and ruins everything. :(

  13. Buffy Freak says:

    Another absurd snub…Jon Benjamin NOT nominated for Voice Over Performance for Archer while the woman who reads the voice overs on Desperate Housewives is. Come on!

    • bhm1304 says:

      What about the fact that “Archer” didn’t even get nominated for Best Animated Program when it is in fact one of the best comedies on television currently?

  14. Abi says:

    Yay!!! Finally some love for Cat Deeley

  15. Liz says:

    WTF? What about Denis O’Hare in True Blood??

  16. Christine says:

    I am so pissed about Community not being nominated for Best Comedy. Community was one of the best commedies on tv this past season, and it’s really aggravating that the Emmy voters chose to nominate Glee instead of it. I’ve tried to watch Glee numerous times and connot get into it, other than the music theres nothing to really enjoy about the show.
    Also, while I enjoy Modern Family, it definitely didn’t deserve all of the nominations it got. The second season paled in comparison to the first season. I found myself not laughing as much this past year, and some of the plots were predictable sitcom tropes. When Modern Family is good it’s really good, but the problem is that it wasn’t good all season, I wouldn’t even say it was good half of the season.
    How a show like Community, which is laugh out loud funny and different than most shows on tv, can not be nominated baffles me.

  17. Hamza says:

    Glee rather than Community? Seriously how can that be right? Absolutely pathetic from Emmy!
    And no recognition of John Noble? Terrible!!!

    • Apple says:

      Agreed; the Golden Globes does a better job of rewarding edgy television than the Emmys; True Blood and Fringe did better at the Globes.

  18. Lars but not least says:

    This has got to be an effing joke. Mary McDonnell absolutely owned the role of Laura Roslin for years on Battlestar and gave absolutely everything for that role. Only after she plays a cop in a police procedural can she get nominated? Puh-lease! These ominations are a joke. Also Hugh Laurie again?

    Where’s The Walking Dead, where’s Fringe even on this list?

  19. Doug says:

    30 Rock was nominated strictly on track record because this last season was awful. The normal witty surreal story lines were just dumb. Community was far and away a superior show last season.

  20. Ann says:

    Glad to see Parks and Rec finally getting some recognition, but where are the noms for Community and Southland? Man, the Emmy’s never fail to disappoint.

  21. beita says:

    where is the nomination for john noble??? I can´t believe that!

  22. Tango says:

    When will Sons of Anarchy get the recognition it deserves??

  23. Snsetblaze says:

    How is Cloris Leachman a guest actress on Raising Hope? She’s a regular.

  24. Sabrina says:

    I am excited that Parks and Rec and Amy Poehler got nominated! I think Offerman, Asnari got robbed, though. What is the obsession with Modern Family?!?

  25. Nadz says:

    Mildred Pierce!!! YAY!!!!!

  26. spikenalabama says:

    Love all the love for Justified.

  27. Garrett says:

    Love some of the new additions (yay Cat Deeley), hate some of the snubs (John Noble deserves a truckful of Emmys and no Cougar Town love?)

    The biggest question for me is how Cloris Leachman is in the Guest Actress section? I know she wasn’t a “contract” player, but she was in pretty much every episode. I think she’s great, but Maw Maw is the epitome of Supporting.

  28. Jane says:

    Oh come on!! What about at least an emmy nomination for Craig Ferguson. He’s the funniest guy on television. Wake up people!

  29. Big D says:

    Very dissapointing that JohnNoble was snubbed again.

  30. Annika says:

    I’m crying about John Noble and Emily Deschanel not getting nominated. (Not really, but yeah, they really deserve some recognition for their excellent work.)

  31. Brandon Harris says:

    This is why you dont have emmys they never pick the shows we actually watch. the ratings suck on the majority of these shows

  32. Big D says:

    Thrilled for Johnny Galecki.

  33. Nicolas says:

    Anna Torv and John Noble from Fringe were snubbed. They both did an incredible job of playing two very distinct characters last year with great justesse. It’s just insane that they did not get even a nod. It’s time Fringe got some recognition: they really moved into their own last year. Same for Toni Collette during the last season of Tara. Some of these noms are totally auto-pilot and you wonder if the voters even watched the shows or are just passing on the buzz.

  34. ana says:

    Martha Plimpton FTW!
    Community definitely should have got some nominations, specially best comedy series, best actor for Joel McHale and best supporting actress for Alison Brie! Glee didn’t deserve the best comedy nom, it had a very uneven season.

  35. Nina_333 says:

    I don’t understand how Bones doesn’t get nominated for a single freaking award. Ridiculous.

  36. Natalie says:

    Okay, how is Justified not in the best drama category?! This is a complete mistake. It’s by far the best show on tv, has the best cast, superb acting and great writing. I hope Justified sweeps the categories it’s nominated in and the actors all win.

  37. Allie says:

    Wow. This is an almost exclusively terrible list. Shocked that Jason Segel wasn’t nominated for supporting for HIMYM. I mean, FOUR Modern Family nods in that category alone? Are they for real right now? Also disappointed that Mayim Bialik didn’t get nom’d for best comedy supporting. She was absolute comedic gold this season. On that note, Johnny Galecki? Really? Love that BBT is getting more recognition but neither his material or his acting on the show are Emmy-worthy.
    So typical that the only cable shows gettin nods are the mainstream ones. I would have loved to see Matt Bomer or Tim DeKay for best lead actor in a drama. White Collar has had its ups and downs but has been mostly phenomenal. I love that Mary McDonnell got nominated though. Loved her on BSG.
    All in all, very disappointed. Won’t be watching. Yee for Glee and MF…not

    • Christine says:

      I completely agree about Johnny Galekcki. I love BBT, but he is honestly the least deserving of an emmy nomination.
      Joel McHale deserved the nomination over him, and Danny Pudi deserved the best supporting actor nom over any of the Modern Family guys.

      • Jana says:

        That’s exactly what I thought!
        And I don’t think it’s fair to just nominate every single supporting actor in Modern Family (or that’s what it looks like).. Why don’t they just give them the emmy without making a surprise about it..
        How annoying is it that this show just almost completely filled up the Supporting Actor category :(

        And I agree about Johnny Galecki.. really not the best actor on TV. (I’m a big fan of BBT) I think Danny Pudi or Joel McHale should have been nominated.

  38. Natalie says:

    Love Cat Deeley….I think she’s the best reality host on tv. She’s so witty and talk about funny! Love love love her! I really hope she wins because she truly deserves it.

  39. destiny says:

    i cannot believe kadee strickland was snubbed. she did a terrific job on the rape storyline in PP!

  40. Katie says:

    How cute is Melissa McCarthy?? Love her!

  41. Doug says:

    Sadly Fringe got no love because it’s a genre show, much like how BSG was always over looked. And while Game of Thrones is a , deservedly, nominated show, if it were on any channel besides HBO it wouldn’t have been nominated

  42. Patrick says:


  43. Trisha says:

    What about Parenthood. Especially Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman. And Kadee Strickland for her amazing performance on Private Practice.

  44. dana says:

    This has to be a joke. No love for Fringe? No John, no Anna, no best freaking show on television. Period! Anna was sublime, and John is always great. The show is beyond anything else on network TV and even cable, it deserves recognition!

  45. valerie says:

    I am sad that Bob Newhart didn’t garner an Emmy nod for his poignant turn on NCIS. That’s just a travesty.

  46. Mary says:

    What?! No Breaking Bad?! Nothing is better than that show.

  47. Apple says:

    Downton Abbey! Beau Bridges! Martha Plimpton! Robert Morse! Glad to see so many great actors on the list; kinda annoyed there wasn’t more love for True Blood and Game of Thrones; where’s the love for gang from Merlot and Sean Bean?

    Martha Plimpton is terrific, Raising Hope’s Brother Wives episode was one of the funniest eps I’ve seen in years.

  48. I’m glad that Louis C.K. was nominated for outstanding comedy actor. Now here is my major gripe. Glee was nominated for outstanding comedy when season 2 was sloppy at best. Community could have easily been in their place as its second season went deeper into who these characters were and delivered some great TV. Despite this travesty of Community once again not getting Emmy recognition, I will say that I am glad about Friday Night Lights getting nominated, specifically Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. They have been terrific throughout the entire series, and I truly believe that this will be their year, considering that it’s FNL’s final year.

  49. Dean says:

    I love Modern Family but four of their actors in the running for Outstanding Supporting Actor seems excessive. Not to mention Glee, 30 Rock and The Office getting nominated for Best Comedy when those shows had weak, uneven seasons. And shame on the Emmy voters for not including Community, Fringe and Southland. At least Parks and Recreation got two nominations, although Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones should have gotten nominations as well.

  50. Steve says:

    COMMUNITY SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY SERIES! Glee?! That show was anything but funny this season.