Fresh faces add zest to Emmy nominations

Thu Jul 8, 2010 8:31pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Quirky musical comedy "Glee" and 1960s advertising drama series "Mad Men" led the nominations on Thursday for primetime Emmy Awards in a cross section of new faces and old TV favorites.

Newcomer "Glee", which features a group of high school misfits in a show choir, garnered 19 nominations including best comedy series and acting nods for its stars Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele and Jane Lynch and guest performers Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth.

Two-time Emmy champion "Mad Men" claimed 17 nods for the television industry's highest honors. It will defend its best drama series crown against HBO's vampire show "True Blood", lawyer drama "The Good Wife" with Julianna Margulies, "Dexter", "Breaking Bad" and the final season of sci-fi favorite "Lost."

The Emmys will be handed out in Los Angeles on Aug 29 in a live ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

The HBO World War Two series "The Pacific" got the largest number of nominations, with a record 24 mentions in the mini-series category. The cable channel was also the leading network with 101 nominations overall, followed by networks ABC with 63, CBS with 57, NBC with 48 and Fox with 47.

Five of the 12 comedy and drama series were first time nominees in a move that should inject new excitement into a race that has been dominated for two years by the same faces.

Comedies got the biggest shake-up. ABC's new hit "Modern Family", with 14 nods including supporting acting nods for five of its cast, will challenge NBC's reigning champion "30 Rock" and its Emmy-winning stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

After a strong season that included a long hoped-for "Seinfeld" cast reunion, actor and writer Larry David's wry "Curb Your Enthusiasm" earned best comedy and best actor nods.   Continued...

<p>Actress Sofia Vergara (L) and actor Joel McHale (R) announce the nominations for outstanding variety, music or comedy series for the 62nd Emmy Awards at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles July 8, 2010. The awards will be presented on August 29. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>