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HBO Leads Emmy Nominations With 104 as CBS Tops Broadcasters

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Actors John Slattery and Jon Hamm on the set of "Mad Men." Photographer: AMC/Scripps Howard Photo Service/Newscom

Time Warner Inc.’s HBO cable channel led this year’s Emmy award nominations with 104, including nods for “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” CBS grabbed 50 nominations, the most among broadcasters.

“Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Mad Men” and “The Good Wife” were nominated for best drama series, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today in Los Angeles.

“Thrones” and “Empire” finished their first seasons on HBO, which plans to air its final season of “Entourage” starting July 24. The HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” featuring Kate Winslet, took the most nominations for a single show with 21, followed by 19 for “Mad Men,” the AMC series about a New York advertising agency in the 1960s.

“The work being done on cable right now has a strong point of view,” John Shaffner, the academy’s chief executive officer, said in an interview. “It’s original and it’s important.”

“The Kennedys” on ReelzChannel was nominated for top miniseries, best actor for Greg Kinnear -- his first Emmy nomination -- and eight others. HBO’s “Cinema Verite,” PBS’s “Downtown Abby (Masterpiece),” Starz’s “Pillars of the Earth” and HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” were also singled out.

The Emmy nominations were announced by Melissa McCarthy of CBS’s “Mike & Molly” and Joshua Jackson from Fox’s “Fringe.” The 63rd annual awards show is scheduled to air Sept. 18 on News Corp.’s Fox with Jane Lynch of “Glee” as host.

Last year’s live Emmy telecast on NBC drew its largest audience in four years, according to Nielsen Co. data released at the time.

Comedy Nominees

While less-regulated cable networks drew more drama recognition, all six best comedy nominations went to shows on broadcast networks. The shows are “Big Bang Theory” on CBS Corp.’s most-watched U.S. network; “Glee” on Fox; “Modern Family” on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC; and “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” on Comcast Corp.’s NBC.

“Modern Family,” last year’s comedy winner, led the category with 17 nominations, followed by 12 for “Glee.”

Emmy nominations for best reality show went to CBS’s “The Amazing Race”; Fox’s “American Idol,” the most watched show on television, and “So You Think You Can Dance”; ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; Lifetime’s “Project Runway”; and Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live”; TBS’s “Conan”; and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” were nominated for best variety, music or comedy series.

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