There were some newcomers and a lot of familiar faces when the Academy of Television Art & Sciences announced the nominees for the 63rd version of the Emmys.
Mad Men, the AMC drama about the 1960s advertising scene, topped all with an impressive 19 nominations. The drama starring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss has won Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row and is looking to make it four this year. Last year's Comedy Series winner, Modern Family, received 17 nominations.
Some newcomers were the HBO time piece drama about the 1920s, Boardwalk Empire. The drama starring Steve Buscemi scored 18 nominations. Game of Thrones, another HBO drama, based on a series of medieval fantasy novels from George R.R. Martin, about had 13 nominations. New to the comedy series was The Big Bang Theory and Parks & Recreation, which are entering their fifth and fourth seasons respectively.
Jane Lynch is set to host the Emmys which will be broadcast live on Sept 18.
Here is a complete list of the nominations along with some early predictions.
Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire - HBO
The Good Wife - CBS
Mad Men - AMC
Friday Night Lights - DirecTV
Dexter - Showtime
Game of Thrones - HBO
Prediction: Shows like Dexter, Game of Thrones and Friday Night Lights, are certainly worthy of winning but in all likelihood are fodder for Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. I believe one of those two shows will take it. I'm giving Mad Men the slight edge here based on Emmy history and the show's riveting fourth season. Boardwalk will have plenty of chances to take it in the future whereas Mad Men is probably getting to the point where it won't win it that much longer.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Glee - Fox
Parks and Recreation - NBC
The Office - NBC
Modern Family - ABC
30 Rock - NBC
The Big Bang Theory - CBS
Prediction: Newcomers Big Bang Theory and Parks and Rec earned well deserved nominations but that's probably as far as they'll get this year. 30 Rock and The Office are on the downside of their show's respective runs and probably won't win. That leaves Glee and Modern Fam to duke it out again. Last year it seemed to be a toss up with Modern Family coming out on top. This year I don't think it's nearly as close, Modern Family will win it decisively.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi - Nucky Thompson - Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall - Dexter Morgan - Dexter
Kyle Chandler - Coach Eric Taylor - Friday Night Lights
Jon Hamm - Don Draper - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - Dr. Gregory House - House
Timothy Olyphant - Raylan Givens - Justified
Prediction: If only Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad were in this category, it would be a lot easier to predict. Since Breaking Bad and Cranston aren't eligible, I think a long-time nominee who has yet to win will take it. It could be Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie or Michael C. Hall. I'd personally like to see Michael C. Hall win it for his incredible run as Dexter Morgan but I think it will go to Jon Hamm.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss - Peggy Olson - Mad Men
Connie Britton - Tami Taylor - Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay - Detective Olivia Benson - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Mireille Enos - Sarah Linden - The Killing
Julianna Margulies - Alicia Florrick - The Good Wife
Kathy Bates - Harriet Harry Korn -Harry's Law
Prediction: Last year's entrant Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly didn't even get nominated so there's no repeat winner here. A lot of these women are deserving and I wouldn't be surprised to see Connie Britton take it home for the last season of Friday Night Lights. However, I'm going with critical darling and Emmy favorite Julianna Margulies to win.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Slattery - Roger Sterling - Mad Men
Andre Braugher - Owen - Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins - Boyd Crowder - Justified
Peter Dinklage - Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones
Josh Charles - Will Gardner - The Good Wife
Alan Cumming - Eli Gold - The Good Wife
Prediction: Another category that would have been made easier to predict had Breaking Bad been on the air. With Aaron Paul out of the category and the two The Good Wife guys in my opinion ruling each other out, I think that leaves John Slattery from Mad Men and Andre Braugher from Men of a Certain Age. I'll go with Andre Braugher since he's another critical and Emmy favorite.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald - Margaret Schroeder - Boardwalk Empire
Christina Hendricks - Joan Harris - Mad Men
Michelle Forbes - Mitch Larsen - The Killing
Archie Panjabi - Kalinda Sharma - The Good Wife
Margo Martindale - Mags Bennett - Justified
Christine Barnaski - Diane Lockhart - The Good Wife
Prediction: Last year Panjabi won this category in a relative shocker. This year, we could see another shocker with perhaps Justified's Martindale or The Killing's Forbes getting some love. However, I'll go out on a limb and say its Panjabi's co-star, Christine Barnaski, that provides the shock and gets the win.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Matthew Leblanc -Matt Leblanc - Episodes
Jim Parsons - Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell - Michael Scott - The Office
Johnny Galecki - Leonard Hofstadter - The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K. - Louie - Louie
Alec Baldwin - Jack Donaghy - 30 Rock
Prediction: Talk about a loaded category (personally, I love all of these guys). Kudos to Louis C.K. for getting a well deserved nomination for his self portrayal on the dark comedy Louie. That being said, I think him, Galecki and Leblanc probably have little to no shot of winning this. It comes down to last year's winner Parsons, two time winner Baldwin and sentimental favorite. I think the Emmy voters actually have a heart this year (they have shown sentiment in the past) and give it to Steve Carell for his final season of The Office.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey - Liz Lemon - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - Cathy Jamison - The Big C
Edie Falco - Jackie Peyton - Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler - Leslie Knope - Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy - Molly Flynn - Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton - Virginia Chance - Raising Hope
Prediction: In the last few years, this has been a Showtime category. Falco won it last year for Nurse Jackie (even though she admitted on stage that the show wasn't even really a comedy) and Toni Collette won it two years ago for United States of Tara. Logic would then say it is probably Laura Linney's turn as Cathy Jamison in The Big C.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer - Alan Harper - Two and a Half men
Chris Colfer - Kurt Hummel - Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Mitchell Pritchett - Modern Family
Ed O'Neil - Jay Prichett - Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet - Cameron Tucker - Modern Family
Ty Burrell - Phil Dunphy - Modern Family
Prediction: Another loaded category with all four men from Modern Family getting a nod. I respect the show's actors and actresses agreeing to put themselves in this category but it may cost them. Last year's winner Stonestreet is facing stiff competition from Chris Colfer, who has gotten a lot of love for his portrayal of the out and proud of it teen Kurt on Glee. But I'm actually going to go somewhat out on the limb here and pick former winner Jon Cryer to take this. Why? He's well liked and I bet he'll get a lot of sympathy votes for the whole Charlie Sheen debacle.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch - Sue Sylvester - Glee
Betty White - Elka Ostrosky - Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen - Claire Dunphy - Modern Family
Kristin Wiig - Various characters - Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski - Jenna Maroney - 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara - Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - Modern Family
Prediction: Another tough category with a lot of deserving nominees. Betty White is an Emmy and fan favorite but I think she may be overmatched this year. Wiig is talented but won't win, neither will Krakowski. I think it goes to the Emmy host Jane Lynch.
Prediction: I can't say I watched any of the miniseries so I have to plead ignorance on all of those. For variety, music or comedy series, I think The Daily Show starring Jon Stewart wins for the millionth year in a row. In terms of reality series, I think Project Runway wins it. For Reality Host, Jeff Probst wins it again.