The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • Drama: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Breaking Bad (AMC), Downton Abbey (PBS), Mad Men (AMC), Homeland (Showtime), Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Comedy: Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Girls (HBO), 30 Rock (NBC), Veep (HBO), Modern Family (ABC), The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Miniseries: Game Change (HBO; about Sarah Palin), American Horror Story (FX), Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO), Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (PBS), Luther (BBC America), Hatfields & McCoys (History)

The first interesting thing is that the big four broadcasting networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) have no drama or miniseries nominations, and only three comedy ones — HBO has the other three. (In fact, HBO has 7 of the 18 nominations above; the runners up are PBS and AMC, each with 2.)  The second interesting thing is that if Mad Men wins this year, it will have five such Emmys, making it the most ever. Right now, it’s tied for most Best Drama Emmys with The West Wing, LA Law, and Hill Street Blues. Finally, American Horror Story got nominated as a miniseries — not a drama — presumably because its second season will not be in any way related to the first.

As for the quality of the nominations, with the exception of Girls, which people either love or hate, all the dramas and comedies are top notch, so it’s nice to see the system working.


In the interest of full disclosure, the full list of nominations includes 15 other categories besides the ones listed above, but they’re the ones that don’t matter. Twelve of them are lead and supporting actors and actresses in the three categories above, and no one watches a series because of someone’s great acting; if that were the case, The Good Wife would win all the ratings. The other three are Variety series (same nominees year after year… same winner, too), Reality shows (as if they deserve emmys), and the most ludicrous category: “Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program”.

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