"Mad Men" tries to fend off "Boardwalk" at Emmys

Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:14pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television's "Mad Men" went to the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, hoping to fend off the Prohibition-era gangsters of "Boardwalk Empire" and win a fourth straight victory at the industry's top honors.

"Glee" star Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" and Joel McHale of "Community" were among early arrivals on a red carpet packed with diamond jewelry and glorious gowns in shades of coral and pink.

More than 20 Emmys will be handed out in the live telecast on the Fox network hosted by "Glee" star Jane Lynch, who could find herself accepting an early award for her supporting actress role as a sarcastic cheerleading coach on the hit musical comedy.

But all eyes will be on the top prizes -- for best comedy and drama series to be handed out at the end of the three-hour ceremony -- and some major upsets could be in store, especially in the acting categories.

ABC mockumentary and 2010 Emmy comedy series winner "Modern Family" goes into Sunday's awards with 17 nominations, including acting mentions for all six of its stars.

That puts it in a commanding position for a repeat victory over rivals "Glee," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Big Bang Theory."

The contest for best drama is much closer. HBO's lavish new show "Boardwalk Empire," with 18 nominations, has already taken Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophies and is regarded as a major contender, despite the 19 nods to "Mad Men," the 1960s advertising drama on AMC.

Medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones," which proved a surprise success for HBO, has an army of fans, while CBS lawyer show "The Good Wife" starring Julianna Margulies topped an Xfinity TV poll on Facebook as favorite drama. "Dexter" and "Friday Night Lights" make up the other drama contenders.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Elisabeth Moss (L) and Jon Hamm pose during a photocall to promote their television series "Mad Men" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, October 5, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>