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Primetime Emmy Awards

It's time to celebrate

Posted: September 16, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday on FOX.

 


Come on, you know you love television, and you spend far too many hours in front of the tube. Well, now is not the time to back off. Offer a big "in your face" to those snobby friends of yours who tell you TV is a waste of time - and throw an Emmy Awards party this Sunday. It's, well, an excuse to party, even if you disagree with some of the nominees.

FOX will kick off the biggest night on television with Countdown to the Emmys, the official live pre-show hosted by Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter Nancy O'Dell, Emmy Award-winning television reporter Mark Thompson and television personality Amanda Byram, on Sunday, Sept. 18 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, live). The star-studded evening continues with the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time, live). Hosted by Jane Lynch and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, the Emmys will celebrate the year's "best" television programming.

As for the awards themselves, well, is anyone else so-over the fact that HBO, Showtime and channels you've never even heard of have garnered the most nominations in the acting categories for shows you've never seen?

Laura Linney is nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Big C" - a comedy about cancer on Showtime.

Mireille Enos (who?) is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for "The Killing" on AMC. What? Who? Where?

Seriously?

The Lead Actor in a Drama category is the worst.

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO, Michael C. Hall as the title character in "Dexter" on Showtime, Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in "House" on FOX, Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified" on FX and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men" on AMC.

Yawn.

Really?

How about Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett in "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS? Or Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle in "Castle" on ABC?

No nod to Tom Selleck as Francis "Frank" Reagan in "Bluebloods" on CBS?

Get it together Academy!

Anyway, following is the list of this year's nominees in the major Emmy Award categories. Here's hoping at least some of your favorites are winners.

Outstanding Drama Series: "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire," Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in "Dexter," Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor in "Friday Night Lights," Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in "House," Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified" and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in "Friday Night Lights," Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in "The Good Wife," Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn in "Harry's Law," Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden in "The Killing," Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in "Mad Men"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones," Josh Charles as Will Gardner in "The Good Wife," Alan Cumming as Eli Gold in "The Good Wife," Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder in "Justified," John Slattery as Roger Sterling in "Mad Men" and Andre Braugher as Owen in "Men of a Certain Age"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder in "Boardwalk Empire," Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in "The Good Wife," Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in "The Good Wife," Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett in "Justified," Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen in "The Killing" and Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in "Mad Men"

Outstanding Comedy Series: "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory," Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter in "The Big Bang Theory," Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc in "Episodes," Louis C.K. as Louie in "Louie," Steve Carell as Michael Scott in "The Office" and Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in "30 Rock"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison in "The Big C," Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in "Mike & Molly," Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in "Nurse Jackie," Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation," Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance in "Raising Hope" and Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in "30 Rock"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel in "Glee," Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in "Modern Family," Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett in "Modern Family," Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in "Modern Family," Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in "Modern Family" and Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in "Two and a Half Men"

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester in "Glee," Betty White as Elka Ostrovsky in "Hot in Cleveland," Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in "Modern Family," Kristen Wiig as various characters in "Saturday Night Live" and Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney in "30 Rock"

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: "Cinema Verite," "Downton Abbey," "The Kennedys," "Mildred Pierce," "The Pillars of the Earth" and "Too Big To Fail"

Outstanding Reality Program: "Antiques Roadshow," "Deadliest Catch," "Hoarders," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "MythBusters" and "Undercover Boss"

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars," "Project Runway," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Top Chef"

 

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