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July 15, 2011

The Official Wrap-Up: The 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominees

Nearly half the nominated Comedy and Drama series are first timers: The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights. Find out more here. Watch the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18 on FOX.

Celebrity hosts Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of sci-fi drama Fringe revealed this year's nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards, along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO John Shaffner, live from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California, on July 14, 2011. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards eligibility period covers June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. Nearly half the Comedy and Drama Series Nominees are First-Timers Five of the twelve nominated Comedy and Drama series are first time nominees this year, and seven of the twelve are network programs. New among the outstanding drama series nominees are Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Friday Night Lights; for outstanding comedy series, first time nominees are The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation. Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family, More Among Programs Garnering 10+ Noms Programs receiving ten or more nominations are Mildred Pierce, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Glee, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too Big To Fail, American Idol and The Kennedys. Lots of First-Time Nominees and Familiar Faces Recognized in New RolesThis year’s outstanding comedy series performer categories feature a slew of familiar faces being recognized with an Emmy nomination for the first time, or for the first time in these particular comedy roles. They include:

(lead roles) Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly, Martha Plimpton in Raising Hope, Laura Linney in The Big C, Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, and Louis C.K. in Louie; (supporting performers) Betty White in Hot in Cleveland and Ed O’Neill in Modern Family; (guests) Elizabeth Banks and Matt Damon in 30 Rock, Gwyneth Paltrow and Dot-Marie Jones in Glee, Cloris Leachman in Raising Hope, Idris Elba in The Big C, Nathan Lane in Modern Family and Zach Galifianakis in Saturday Night Live.

Similar to the comedy categories, the outstanding drama series performer categories are comprised of many new nominees, including:

(lead roles) Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law, Mireille Enos in The Killing, Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire and Timothy Olyphant in Justified; (supporting performers) Margo Martindale and Walton Goggins in Justified, Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire, Michelle Forbes in The Killing, Josh Charles and Alan Cumming in The Good Wife and Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones; (guests) Mary McDonnell in The Closer, Julia Stiles in Dexter, Loretta Devine in Grey’s Anatomy, Randee Heller and Cara Buono in Mad Men, Joan Cusack in Shameless, Alfre Woodard in True Blood, Bruce Dern in Big Love, Beau Bridges in Brothers & Sisters, Michael J. Fox in The Good Wife, Paul McCrane in Harry’s Law and Jeremy Davies in Justified.

More Celebrated Actors Earn First Noms in Prestigious Miniseries/Movie Area This year the Primetime Emmy Awards merged the miniseries and movie program categories to be consistent with the longstanding consolidation in longform individual achievement categories; e.g., lead and supporting actor and actress in movies and miniseries. The merger resulted in four nominations for miniseries and two for movies. First-time nominees in performance categories for miniseries and movie include:

(lead roles) Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, Taraji P. Henson in Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, Edgar Ramirez in Carlos, Greg Kinnear in The Kennedys and Idris Elba in Luther. (supporting performers) Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Brian F. O’Byrne in Mildred Pierce, and Paul Giamatti and James Woods in Too Big To Fail.

Milestone Nominations for Iconic Stars Betty White and Cloris Leachman Betty White's nod for her role on the recently re-upped Hot In Cleveland marks her 17th Emmy nomination. Cloris Leachman’s for Raising Hope is her 22nd career nomination. The Network Numbers: How the 504 Emmy Nominations are Spread Across Channels A total of 504 separate nominations in categories and areas, compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, were distributed as follows: A&E – 2 ABC – 40 – 2 AMC – 29 Animal Planet – 2 BBC America – 1 BIO – 2 Bravo – 5 Cartoon Network – 6 CBS – 50 Comedy Central – 11 CW – 1 DirecTV – 4 Discovery Channel – 5 Disney Channel – 2 Disney XD – 1 EPIX – 2 ESPN – 2 FOX – 42 Fox Movie Channel – 1 – 1 FUSE – 1 FX Networks – 6 HBO – 104 HISTORY – 7 – 1 Lifetime – 3 MTV – 1 NBC– 46 – 2 Nickelodeon – 6 OWN – 3 PBS – 43 ReelzChannel – 10 Showtime – 21 Starz – 9 Sundance Channel – 2 Syfy – 1 TBS – 3 – 1 TCM – 3 TeenNick – 1 – 1 TNT – 3 Travel Channel – 4 TVLand – 3 USA – 1 Commercials – 6 (no network affiliation) *Please note: Stand Up To Cancer was broadcast on multiple networks. This program received one nomination and is included in the total of 504 nominations, but is not included in the individual network totals. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT on the FOX Network. This year’s telecast will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and will be hosted by Jane Lynch. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be executive produced by Spike Jones Jr. and take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Additional awards may also be given for the two "juried areas" (no nominations): Costumes for a Variety or Music Program and Individual Achievement in Animation. Additional awards may also be given for Engineering Development and the Governors Award. These awards, if any, will be announced later this season (with the exception of Engineering, which will be announced in October). Nomination rosters will be finalized during the period July 14 to July 28, 2011. The rosters may be revised in cases where names or titles are incorrect, or appeals for changes—including the addition or removal of names—are approved by the Primetime Awards Committee. Producer eligibility is based on both title and function. A review of title and function will be conducted by the Producers Peer Group, and the nominees in the program categories will be announced late-July. More information to come the Primetime Emmys show, star presenters and more here at For more information about rules, submission procedures and other business matters visit the trade/press site

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