“Mad Men,” cable TV’s look back at the 1960s-era advertising industry, will vie for an unprecedented fifth Emmy award in its category after being nominated again as a finalist for TV’s best drama.
The show, airing on the AMC network, will compete with five other dramas including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “Downton Abbey” and “Game of Thrones,” the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today at the Emmy nominations in North Hollywood, California.
Time Warner Inc.’s HBO, the home of “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” led the cable programmers with a total of 81 nominations. CBS Corp.’s broadcast network, the most-watched, was tops among over-the-air programmers with 60 nominations, according to the academy.
Comedian and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington, star of “Scandal” on Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, announced the nominations with academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum, a Warner Bros. television executive. The 64th Emmy awards ceremony will air Sept. 23 on ABC.
If “Mad Men” triumphs a fifth time it would establish a record for most wins in the drama category. That show is produced by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss received leading actor and actress nominations for their roles in the series.
Two-time winner “Modern Family” was nominated again for best comedy series. It airs on ABC. Other comedy nominees include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Girls,” “30 Rock,” “Veep” and “The Big Bang Theory.” “Veep,” a new show this year on HBO, stars former “Seinfeld” sidekick Julia Louis-Dreyfus as vice president of the U.S. She also received a best comedy actress nomination.
Among individual shows, “American Horror Story,” the haunted house saga that aired on News Corp.’s FX network, tied “Mad Men” for the most nominations with 17. Other nominees in the miniseries or movie category were “Game Change,” “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” “Sherlock,” “Luther” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”
“Hatfields & McCoys,” the History Channel’s miniseries about the famous American family feud, collected 16 nominations in all, joined with that total by “Downton Abbey,” the PBS show about British aristocracy and their servants.
Kevin Costner received a best actor nomination for his portrayal of “Devil” Anse Hatfield in the “Hatfields & McCoys,” as did his co-star Bill Paxton, who played Randall McCoy.
Nominees in the variety category are “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report,” “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
Two of the programs, “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” are carried on Comedy Central, one of the Viacom Inc. cable channels at the center of a pricing dispute with DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite service.
The dispute has led to a blackout of Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and other channels for DirecTV’s 20 million U.S. subscribers as both sides negotiate over programming fees.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 64th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Outstanding Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory -- CBS Curb Your Enthusiasm -- HBO Girls -- HBO Modern Family -- ABC 30 Rock -- NBC Veep -- HBO Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, Girls Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly Zooey Deschanel, New Girl Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm Don Cheadle, House Of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men Outstanding Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire -- HBO Breaking Bad -- AMC Downton Abbey -- PBS Game Of Thrones -- HBO Homeland -- Showtime Mad Men -- AMC Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close, Damages Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law Claire Danes, Homeland Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Michael C. Hall, Dexter Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Damian Lewis, Homeland Jon Hamm, AMC Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: American Horror Story -- FX Networks Game Change -- HBO Hatfields & McCoys -- History Hemingway & Gellhorn -- HBO Luther -- BBC America Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) -- PBS Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Connie Britton, American Horror Story Julianne Moore, Game Change Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn Ashley Judd, Missing Emma Thompson, The Song Of Lunch Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Woody Harrelson, Game Change Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn Idris Elba, Luther Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia