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Glee, Mad Men Lead Pack of Emmy Nominations

Posted by Janice Bryant On July 8, 2010

The nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards were announced yesterday and the HBO miniseries “The Pacific”, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, leads the Emmy race with 24 nominations.

Following closely behind is the breakout TV hit “Glee” about school outcasts and their passionate mentor, with 19 Emmy nods including nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Lead Comedy Actor for Matthew Morrison, Best Lead Comedy Actress for Lea Michele, Best Supporting Comedy Actress for Jane Lynch and Best Supporting Comedy Actor for Chris Colfer.

Joining “Glee” in the Best Comedy Series category are “Modern Family”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “30 Rock” which won the award last year, and in 2008 and 2007, as well.

One of the biggest surprises came in the Best Variety, Music or Comedy category where Conan O’Brien earned a nomination for his 5-month stint at “The Tonight Show”, while rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman, who both had more than their fair share of controversies and issues surrounding their own talk shows, were snubbed.

As for the drama department, the recently concluded “Lost”, “The Good Wife”, “Dexter”, “Breaking Bad”, the HBO daring series “True Blood”, and last year’s winner “Mad Men” are all in the running for the Best Drama Series Award.

For Best Lead Drama Actor honors, Matthew Fox of “Lost”, Michael C. Hall of “Dexter”, Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights” and previous winner Hugh Laurie of “House” will compete against last year’s winner from “Breaking Bad”, Bryan Cranston.

Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife”, Connie Britton from “Friday Night Lights”, Mariska Hargitay from “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, Kyra Sedgwick from “The Closer”, and January Jones from “Mad Men” will be battling it out with last year’s winner, Glenn Close from “Damages”, for the Best Lead Drama Actress honors.

Meanwhile, “Saturday Night Live”, who has earned 12 nominations this year – one from the top rating Betty White episode – has set a new record for a total of 126 Emmy nods, toppling over “ER” with 124 Emmy nominations.

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