Emmy Nominations: Our Early Picks For Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, and More

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The Emmy nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Here's the complete list of nominees, with my comments below.

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

I think the bloom is off the rose for both 30 Rock and The Office. Returning champ Modern Family is definitely the show to beat.

Best Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

This is FNL's last season, and the hugely acclaimed show didn't score any noms until last year. This is its first and last time being nominated for best drama, and it would be a huge victory if the underdog show could pull it out. They face strong competition from the two HBO entries, though, so it's anybody's game.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Laura Linney, The Big C
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

As much as I adore Tina Fey, she has already won several times and this was an uneven season of 30 Rock. I'd love to see Melissa McCarthy – who was on hand to announce the nominees this morning and is riding high on the success of Bridesmaids – get some love, and Amy Poehler is doing fantastic work this year. Edie Falco is the reigning winner in this category, but I still maintain that Nurse Jackie is not a comedy.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Have you ever met a single person who has watched Episodes? I haven't. It would be a huge but awesome upset if Louis CK was able to snag a trophy, but he should be really proud of getting nominated.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Though Buscemi is probably the favorite, I'm a Friday Night Lights fangirl, and a big part of the reason why is Kyle Chandler's nuanced performance. His work might be *too* subtle, though. It would also be great to see Hugh Laurie, who has been nominated for years without a single win, finally take some hardware home before the series ends next year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

There was a huge burn in this category, as last year's winner Kyra Sedgwick didn't even get nominated. The odds-on favorite is Julianna Margulies, but I'd love to see Mireille Enos or Connie Britton win here.

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