AP Television Writer
POSTED: 05:39 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 11:26 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2011
“Hawaii Five-0,” stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente is nominated for an emmy for his work on the first season’s May 9 episode “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau,” which saw Danno Williams exposed to a deadly neurological poison.
Cadiente’s competition for the Emmy is Paul Jennings for work on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” PeeWee Piemonte for work on TNT’s “Southland,” and Allen Popleton for work on Starz “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.”
The nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles.
“Mad Men,” the sharply observed drama of a changing 1960s America, captured 19 Emmy nominations Thursday to lead the series pack, with the melodramatic miniseries “Mildred Pierce” starring Kate Winslet grabbing a top 21 bids.
“Mad Men” has a chance to repeat for a fourth consecutive year as best drama. “Modern Family,” last year’s top comedy series, was the most-nominated sitcom with 17 bids.
Other leading contenders include the Prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire” with 18 nominations, “Saturday Night Live” with 16 and 13 bids each for the sex-and-swords fantasy “Game of Thrones” and the sitcom “30 Rock.”
“OK, keep it together,” a surprised nominations co-announcer Melissa McCarthy said when she realized she was a nominee for her sitcom “Mike & Molly.”
The controversial miniseries “The Kennedys,” which was dropped by the History channel and given a second chance by the lesser-known ReelzChannel, received 10 nominations, including best miniseries and acting bids for Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper as Robert Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson as family patriarch Joe Kennedy.
HBO dominated the nominations earning a stunning 104 nods, including honors for its two freshman series, “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” miniseries “Mildred Pierce” and the TV movies “Cinema Verite” and “Too Big to Fail.”
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Fox on Sept. 18.
The growth in the number of television shows made in the past decade has also meant a growth in the number of potential Emmy Awards snubs, and several shows and performers were overlooked on Thursday. They include:
—Kyra Sedgwick of TNT’s “The Closer.” She won the Emmy for best actress in a drama last year and wasn’t nominated for the same award this year. The series concludes next year.
—Katey Sagal of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” who has yet to receive an Emmy nomination as best actress. The show itself was shut out, too.
—The New Orleans-based series “Treme” and its memorable music, which didn’t get any of HBO’s 104 nominations.
—Jeremy Irons of Showtime’s “The Borgias.”
—Vampires and zombies. Popular supernatural series “True Blood” on HBO and “The Walking Dead” on AMC were shut out of major awards.
—The Emmys themselves. In the category of outstanding special class programs, the Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony awards shows were all nominated. The Emmy Awards were not.