Hollywood got up bright and early today to announce the nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards which will honor the best television shows and performances of the past year. The big surprise (but is it really a surprise?) was that newcomer Glee walked away with the most noms this year … pulling in 19 nominations for the show and its lead performers. Mad Men, a fave of Emmy voters, came in second with 17 nominations. Another Emmy fave, 30 Rock, managed to secure 15 noms and another newcomer, Modern Family, nabbed 14. But in my opinion, the coolest nom came for Conan O’Brien who was nominated for his short run as host of The Tonight Show (and unsurprisingly no nomination was given to Jay Leno for his failed Jay Leno Show) Here is a rundown of which other shows and performers were awoken today with the good Emmy Award news:
It was a “Glee”-ful morning. The Fox phenomenon about a high school glee club scored 19 Emmy nominations Thursday morning — the most of any series — including best comedy series and acting nods for Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. It wasn’t the only freshman show to catch the eye of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. ABC’s comedy “Modern Family,” about a delightfully dysfunctional clan, earned 14 nominations. Among them: best comedy series, writing, directing and several best supporting actor and actress nominations, including one for Sofia Vergara, who along with “Community” star Joel McHale helped to announce the nominations. CBS’ “The Good Wife” picked up nine nominations after its first season, including best dramatic series and best actress for Julianna Margulies. There was also a fond farewell to ABC drama series “Lost.” It had a particularly strong showing, earning nominations in several categories, including best dramatic series and a best-actor nod for Matthew Fox. Two other outgoing shows didn’t have quite the sendoff. Fox’s “24″ managed just five nominations, and NBC’s long-running “Law & Order” is going away empty-handed. There’s also no sign that AMC’s period drama “Mad Men” and NBC’s comedy series “30 Rock” are getting old. “Mad Men,” the winner of best dramatic series for the last two years earned 17 nominations, including best drama series and acting nominations for Jon Hamm and January Jones, as well as writing and directing. And “30 Rock,” which has won best comedy series for the last three seasons, garnered 15 nominations, including best comedy series and acting nods for Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, among others, as well as writing and directing. Somewhere, Conan O’Brien was cackling: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences jumped on the Team Coco bandwagon, nominating the short-lived “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” in the category of best variety, music or comedy series, snubbing Jay Leno. O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” also was nominated in three other categories, no thanks to NBC, which did not campaign for him … To those wags who think NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is past its late-night prime, here’s this: The comedy variety series earned 12 nominations, making for a grand total of 126 nominations since it started in 1975. In doing so, it has now surpassed NBC’s “ER” – which earned 124 during its lifespan — as the most-nominated television show in Emmy history. As usual, HBO dominated the nominations. The pay channel pulled in 101, two more than last year’s haul. Leading the way was ambitious 10-part World War II miniseries “The Pacific” — produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks — with 24 of those nominations. (By contrast, the network with the next-highest haul was ABC, with 63 nominations. HBO’s network rival, Showtime, earned 23 nominations.) Although there was a lot of young talent nominated Thursday, several veterans earned some shout-outs, including Eli Wallach, 94, for a guest role on “Nurse Jackie,” as well as Robert Morse for “Mad Men,” Sissy Spacek for “Big Love,” Shirley Jones for “The Cleaner,” Maggie Smith for “Capturing Mary,” Judi Dench for “Return to Cranford,” Lily Tomlin for “Damages,” Elaine Stritch for “30 Rock,” Ann-Margret for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Brenda Vaccaro for “You Don’t Know Jack” and last, but not least, the red-hot Betty White for her turn hosting “Saturday Night Live.” The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Aug. 29 on NBC at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
While I’m bummed that 24 didn’t get a bit more love from the Emmy noms this year, I’m not really surprised … the show was never an awards darling. I hope it will managed to win a few of their 5 nominations … that would be a nice send off, I think. The fact that Lost secured 12 noms isn’t at all surprising, the show was a big hit … it’s bound to get some sort of reasonable send off. Altho I’m not a Law & Order fan, it’s a shame they got no love at all. As is the case usually with these awards show nominations, not everyone is going to agree … but overall, I’m pleased with the way the cookies crumbed this time around. Did any of your fave shows make a particularly strong showing with these noms today? Who are you rooting for?
Oh … and can you believe we’re already at the dawn of a new awards season? OY!