Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Deliver Joy & Surprises [PHOTO]

July 19, 2012 7:15 am

Many television stars woke up to great news Thursday that their shows were officially nominated for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The awards show, scheduled to air September 23 on ABC, honors the best in primetime dramas, comedies, reality shows, and more.

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American Horror Story” and “Mad Men” lead the race with the most nominations at 17 each. By no surprise, “Games of Thrones,” “Modern Family,” and “30 Rock” were nominated in key categories. Some shows were able, however, to sneak into the race as newbies. HBO’s “Girls” and “Veep” were able to score Best Comedy nominations alongside other veteran shows.

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We can’t forget about our boss, Ryan Seacrest. The “American Idol” host is nominated once again in the Best Host for a Reality-Competition Program category. A special shout out to Shira Lazar for her Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media nomination. We are very proud of you!  For a list of nominees in major categories, keep reading below.

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Modern Family”
”30 Rock”

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”

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”

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
”Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game Of Thrones”
”Mad Men”

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”

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, “Mad Men”

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media

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