2011 Emmy Nominations: “Mad Men” & “Modern Family” Shine

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Alex Matthews

The 2011 Emmy Awards will be all about domestic turmoil, with favorites "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" dominating the major categories.  But overall, "Mad Men," gets the honor of garnering the most overall nominations -- 19 -- among regular television series. 

The HBO miniseries, "Mildred Pierce" took 21 nominations.

"Fringe" star Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy of "Mike & Molly" read the official list of nominees this morning, and the field was much more eclectic than previous years. Upstart shows like HBO's sword and sorcery epic "Game of Thrones," AMC's murder mystery "The Killing," and FX's rugged cop drama "Justified" all muscled their way in to make this year at least a little tougher to call.

However, with ABC's mock-doc comedy "Modern Family" refusing to nominate anyone as a lead (they consider it an ensemble), the show pretty much dominated the supporting categories in comedy (six of the 12 nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress category are "MF" peeps), while CBS's politically-themed drama "The Good Wife" scored six nominations across the Drama categories.

"Friday Night Lights," whose final episode will air on NBC Friday,  scored a nostalgic three noms for acting and series.

But that show will be up against AMC's "Mad Men," which is looking for its fourth win in a row for Best Drama. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise? No nomination for Kyra Sedgwick in her final season of the TNT cop drama "The Closer." But at least NBC's "The Office" star Steve Carell gets one last chance to win a Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Emmy for his role as Michael Scott, the frenetic manager of a paper company office.

Oh, and the much-maligned miniseries "The Kennedys," which almost didn't even air before an eleventh hour save by the Reelz Channel, managed to get recognized in the form of acting noms for leads Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper.

The Emmys will be broadcast Sept. 18 on Fox.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your office pools,  here are your 2011 Emmy Nominees...

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

Lead Actress - Drama
Kathy Bates - "Harry's Law"
Connie Britton - "Friday Night Lights"
Mireille Enos - "The Killing"
Mariska Hargitay - "Law & Order: SVU"
Julianna Margulies - "The Good Wife"
Elizabeth Moss - 'Mad Men"

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

Supporting Actress - Drama
Kelly Macdonald -  "Boardwalk Empire"
Christina Hendricks - "Mad Men"
Michelle Forbes - "The Killing"
Archie Panjabi - "The Good Wife"
Margo Martindale - "Justified"
Christine Baranski - "The Good Wife"

Supporting Actor - Drama
John Slattery - "Mad Men"
Andre Braugher - "Men of a Certain Age"
Walt Goggins - "Justified"
Peter Dinklage - "Game of Thrones"
Josh Charles - "The Good Wife"
Alan Cummings - "The Good Wife"

Outstanding Comedy Series
"Parks and Recreation"
"The Office"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"
"The Big Bang Theory"

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

Lead Actor - Comedy
Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes"
Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory"
Steve Carell - "The Office"
Johnny Galecki - "The Big Bang Theory"
Louis C.K. - "Louie"
Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"

Supporting Actress - Comedy
Jane Lynch - "Glee"
Betty White - "Hot in Cleveland"
Julie Bowen - "Modern Family"
Kristen Wiig - "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski - "30 Rock"
Sofia Vergara - "Modern Family"

Supporting Actor - Comedy
Jon Cryer - "Two and a Half Men"
Chris Colfer - "Glee"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - "Modern Family"
Ed O'Neill - "Modern Family"
Eric Stonestreet - "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell - "Modern Family"

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
"Mildred Pierce"
"Downtown Abbey"
"The Kennedys"
"Cinema Verite"
"Too Big to Fail"
"The Pillars of the Earth"

Lead Actress - Miniseries or Movie
Kate Winslet - "Mildred Pierce"
Elizabeth McGovern - "Downtown Abbey"
Diane Lane - "Cinema Verite"
Taraji P. Henson - "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story"
Jean Marsh - "Upstairs Downstairs"

Lead Actor - Miniseries or Movie
Greg Kinnear - "The Kennedys"
Barry Pepper - "The Kennedys"
Edgar Ramirez - "Carlos"
William Hurt - "Too Big To Fail"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Laurence Fishburne - "Thurgood"

Outstanding Reality - Reality Competition Program
"So You Think You Can Dance?"
"The Amazing Race"
"Project Runway"
"American Idol"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Top Chef"

Outstanding Host - Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Jeff Probst - "Survivor"
Cat Deeley - "So You Think You Can Dance?"
Phil Keoghan - "The Amazing Race"
Tom Bergeron - "Dancing With the Stars"
Ryan Seacrest - "American Idol"

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
"The Colbert Report"
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

A complete list can be found on the official Emmy Awards website.

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