Mad Men, Mildred Pierce Lead Emmy Race

AMC’s Madison Avenue drama Mad Men received 19 Emmy nominations this morning, including one for Outstanding Drama Series; it would be the show’s fourth consecutive win in that category. The show’s stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss were nominated as best Actor and Actress in a Drama, respectively. No performer from that series has ever won. The series’s competition for best Drama includes HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Dexter, DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights, and CBS’s The Good Wife. (The full list of nominees is available here.)

On the comedy side, the story was, as last year, Modern Family, which got every actor playing an adult in its cast (there are six!) a supporting nomination, and 11 other nominations including Best Comedy series. Its cohort there include perennial NBC nominees The Office and 30 Rock, first-timers Parks and Recreation (NBC) and The Big Bang Theory (CBS), and Glee, the one best series nominee from Emmys host channel Fox. (Glee star Jane Lynch, nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy, is to host.)

Other extant facts: HBO’s Mildred Pierce miniseries received 21 nominations, including three for its female supporting cast; Saturday Night Live broke the record for most nominations for a variety program, with 16 this year; Friends star Matt LeBlanc wandered into the Best Actor in a Comedy field for his role on Showtime’s Episodes.