'Mad Men,' 'Mildred Pierce' get top Emmy nods

By Lynn Elber

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, July 14 2011 12:27 p.m. MDT

"Glee" stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison failed to repeat their acting nods, but Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch got second consecutive nominations and there was Emmy love to spare for "Glee" guest actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth and Dot-Marie Jones.

Chenoweth was fast asleep when her manager called with the news and didn't want to predict her chances of winning: "I'm sure people will be speculating, but honestly, I have zero idea. I consider the nomination the win and an excuse to put on a cute dress."

Lynch, who was a winner last year for her role as an obsessive cheerleading coach, is hosting this year's Emmy ceremony. The awards air Sept. 18 on Fox.

Ed O'Neill, who was snubbed last year for "Modern Family," this year received a supporting actor bid for his role as the family chief. His co-star, Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron, was nominated as a supporting actor and tweeted that he was in Belgium and so his reaction would be in Flemish: "wauw!" the message began.

Conan O'Brien's switch to TBS after a bitter departure from NBC didn't hurt him in the nominations: "Conan" earned a bid for best variety, music or comedy series and will compete with, among others, perennial winner "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." A writing nomination also went to "Conan."

NBC's late-night pick, Jay Leno, was snubbed in the categories, as was CBS' David Letterman.

"Sarah Palin's Alaska" was submitted by TLC in four categories, including best reality series and cinematography, and was blanked. Shows that made the reality series cut include "Hoarders" and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List."

Two Oscar winners, Winslet and Melissa Leo, have a chance to score an Emmy for "Mildred Pierce." Leo, who also appears in the New Orleans drama "Treme," received a supporting actress bid for the miniseries.

Emmy voters have a chance to flaunt their risk-taking side with "Game of Thrones," given the usual resistance to rewarding genre shows such as fantasy or science fiction.

The series based on the George R.R. Martin novels scored a best drama nod but only a single acting bid, for Peter Dinklage in a supporting role.

Other best drama contenders besides "Game" and "Mad Men" are "Boardwalk Empire," ''Dexter," ''Friday Night Lights" and "The Good Wife."

"Modern Family" is competing with "The Big Bang Theory," ''Glee," ''The Office," ''Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock" for the best comedy crown.

The nominations, which were announced by McCarthy and Joshua Jackson of "Fringe" at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences," sets up a clash in a new category that combines the previously separate movies and miniseries.

The contenders besides "Mildred Pierce" and "The Kennedys" are "Cinema Verite," ''Downton Abbey," ''The Pillars of the Earth" and "Too Big to Fail," about the 2008 U.S. fiscal crisis. Snubbed in the category was the new incarnation of "Upstairs Downstairs," which found its turf poached by the other British class drama, "Downtown Abbey."

"Let's all dress like Mildred Pierce for the Emmys," Mindy Kaling of "The Office" joked in a tweet about the mid-20th century drama based on the James M. Cain novel.

Besides Bates and Enos, other best drama series actress nominees are Connie Britton for "Friday Night Lights," Mariska Hargitay for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" and Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men."

Hamm, who plays the darkly conflicted Don Draper in "Mad Men," is competing in the lead drama actor category with Buscemi, Olyphant, Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights," Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" and Hugh Laurie of "House" — who has yet to receive a trophy after five previous nominations.

On the comedy side, McCarthy and Falco will be vying for best comedy series actress with Laura Linney of "The Big C," Martha Plimpton of "Raising Hope," Amy Poehler of "Parks and Recreation" and Tina Fey of "30 Rock."

Louis C.K. of "Louie" and Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" are nominated for best actor in a comedy along with Parsons, Carell, Galecki and LeBlanc.

"American Idol," which has yet to win in the reality-competition category, is competing with "The Amazing Race," ''Dancing With the Stars," ''Project Runway," ''So You Think You Can Dance" and last year's winner "Top Chef."

AP Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang, Sandy Cohen and Ryan Pearson, and AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.

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