Emmy Nominations 2011: HBO & ‘Modern Family’ Lead the Way

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The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are coming up, and the nominees have officially been announced.

Leading the pack on the dramatic side of things are HBO’s freshman series Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones; on the comedic side of things, ABC’s Modern Family is cleaning up.

Cable TV is definitely continuing to gain awards recognition this year; joining the aforementioned HBO in the nominee pool are Showtime, AMC and FX. CBS is also having a good year, with its dramatic series The Good Wife and comedy series The Big Bang Theory each scoring multiple nominations.

Sadly, there’s already been one major snub: despite fairly good critical response and huge ratings (for cable TV), AMC’s The Walking Dead has been largely ignored by the Emmys, despite having snagged a Golden Globe nod earlier this year. Also feeling snubbed this year: NBC’s Community and AMC’s Breaking Bad (which should be on that list for Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, hands down!).

Below you’ll find the complete list of shows that are up for Emmys this year:


2011 Primetime Emmy Award Nominees


Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Dexter (Showtime)

Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Mad Men (AMC)


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Glee (Fox)

Modern Family (ABC)

The Office (NBC)

Parks & Recreation (NBC)

30 Rock (NBC)

Actor, drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)

Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)

Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

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Steve Buscemi in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'

Actress, drama

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law (NBC)

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Actor, comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)

Louis CK, Louie (FX)

Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)

Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)

Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

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Peter Dinklage earns a well-deserved nominations for 'Game of Thrones'

Supporting actor, drama

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)

Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)

John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Supporting actress, drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)

Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor, comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)

Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family (ABC)

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

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The guys and gals of 'Modern Family'

Supporting actress, comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)

Jane Lynch,Glee (Fox)

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Movie or miniseries

Cinema Verité (HBO)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

The Kennedys (Reelz)

Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Pillars of the Earth (Starz)

Too Big To Fail (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or movie

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos (Sundance)

Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys (Reelz)

Barry Pepper, The Kennedys (Reelz)

Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)

Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood (HBO)

William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or movie

Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)

Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey (PBS)

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)

Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

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Controversial miniseries 'The Kennedys'

Supporting actor, miniseries or movie

Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys (Reelz)

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Brian F. O’Byrne, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

James Woods, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Supporting actress, miniseries or movie

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Guest actor, drama

Bruce Dern, Big Love (HBO)

Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (CBS)

Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law (NBC)

Jeremy Davies, Justified (FX)

Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)

Guest actress, drama

Cara Buono, Mad Men (AMC)

Mary McDonnell, The Closer (TNT)

Joan Cusack, Shameless (Showtime)

Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

Randee Heller, Mad Men (AMC)

Julia Stiles, Dexter (Showtime)

Alfre Woodard, True Blood (HBO)

Guest actor, comedy

Will Arnett, 30 Rock (NBC)

Matt Damon, 30 Rock (NBC)

Idris Elba, The Big C (Showtime)

Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Nathan Lane, Modern Family (ABC)

Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Guest actress, comedy

Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock (NBC)

Kristin Chenoweth, Glee (Fox)

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee (Fox)

Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope (Fox)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee (Fox)

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Variety, musical or comedy

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Conan (TBS)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)


The Cleveland Show (Fox)

Futurama (Comedy Cental)

Robot Chicken (Cartoon Network)

The Simpsons (Fox)

South Park (Comedy Central)

Variety, music or comedy special

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO)

Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (HBO)

The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Lada Gaga Presents The Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden (HBO)

The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (HBO)


Antiques Roadshow (PBS)

Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

Hoarders (A&E)

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)

Mythbusters (Discovery)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

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American Idol (Fox)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Top Chef (Bravo)

Reality host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS)

Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)


The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 18th @ 8/7c on FOX.

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  1. I dont get how a show like Glee is considered a comedy, its funny on occasion but what about a show like Community or Psych. Its the same shows every year it seems like. Kinda bummed to only see character nominations for Justified and no Best Drama. I really hope Louie C.K. wins too! Enough of Alec Baldwin, hes funny, we get it. And if a show like Archer would be nominated at least once, that would be great too.

    • @ Syrus817: I’m with you on that. I like “Glee” but it’s not really a comedy. With Chris Colfer getting the drama story lines, I can’t believe he’s nominated in this category while Dani Pudi and Joel McHale are not.

      The same goes for Edie Falco and Laura Linney. They are amazing actresses but taking a serious situation and making it funny doesn’t make it a comedy. It’s still drama.

    • Community is just plain getting snubbed.

  2. I love the “Justified” nods! Boyd Crowder is one of my favorite characters on TV. Peter Dinklage definitely deserves props for “Game of Thrones.” Same goes for “Modern Family.” I’m rooting for Ty Burrell this time around.

    Sad to see only Martha Plimpton being recognized for “Raising Hope.” I find the show to be both smart and funny. It just makes the lack-of-love for “Community” even more apparent.

    I’m glad to see the Comedy Actor category to be so diverse. Louis C.K and Matt LeBlanc are welcome additions for starring in actual comedies (Chris Colfer, I’m looking at you). The Drama Actress category went the same way. There were different names then in previous years and that is great.

    But where is the love for John Noble of “Fringe?” I was really hoping for him to get a nod this year. I just love his take on Walter and Walternate. But with continued, albeit late, appreciation for “Friday Night Lights” the Emmy’s seem to be diversifying quite well.

  3. The Walking Dead was so dull.

    • Yeah it didn’t do much for me either DSB. I think if more people saw Dead Set they would understand how dull TWD really is.

  4. Why am I not surprised about no nods for Walking Dead? “Its about zombies.” There is so much more to it than zombies. They are just the background, while the characters are the main story. Screw the Emmys. Peoples Choice is where its at!

  5. Holy crap, Louis CK got nominated, awesome.

  6. How on earth this got critical acclaim/award nominations is beyond me. Boardwalk empire is about as exciting as watching my toenails grow. Buscemi is clearly only in this to point his googly eyes at the camera for a paycheck.

    The only three interesting characters in it are completely under-used (Stephen Graham as Al Capone, Michael K Williams as Chalky White and Jack Huston as Richard Harrow).

    Unless in a years time I read about them getting more focus in the show I will not be watching season two.

    A rare miss from HBO.

  7. I was hoping to see Community get a nod. I didn’t start watching until Season 2 but it’s now one of my favorites.
    I’m not surprised that The Walking Dead didn’t get nominated though. I love the comics and loved the first couple episodes of Season 1 but after that it got pretty dull. And the writing was all over the place. So I’m happy that Darabont replaced most of the writers and is taking a more active role in every episode of this season.

  8. Dexter is the only show that I watch in this list; what happened to The Mentalist, Burn Notice, or at least Castle.

  9. I’m so glad that Margo Martindale got the supporting actress nomination for Justified. I don’t think anyone’s delivered a better performance this year.

    I’m not surprised that Fringe and Walking Dead are getting snubbed – the Emmys don’t like genre shows with the exception of HBO and Showtime. Fringe doesn’t really deserve it (fun as it is) but TWD definitely deserves some recognition for novelty alone.

    It’s disappointing that Community got snubbed. I think it skews a little young for the Emmy crowd, and doesn’t have the marketing muscle of Glee.

  10. I beleive that Breaking Bad didn’t get in was because their recent episodes aired outside of the Emmy qualifyin period.

    There’s a lot of snubs I see (Cougar Town, Fringe, Community, Archer)
    Surprises (Raising Hope, Louie, Friday Night Lights
    And some downright laughable nominations (Glee, 30 Rock and The Office for best comedy despite an incredibly uneven season, why couuldn’t Community and/or Archer take one or both of those spots?)
    At least the Good Wife got a trillion nominations.

  11. For the record guys, I think Breaking Bad wasn’t included because of the whole there’s only been 3 seasons so far (I realize season 4 has just started, but still) and it’s been nominated 3 times. Bryan Cranston has won 3 times in a row. The Emmy’s tend to nominate based on season. 1 nomination per category per season.

    Just my two cents!

  12. Boardwalk Empire definitely deserves every nomination it got!

  13. How the hell did Archer not get nominated for animated series?!?!?! Freakin Emmys suck.

  14. I am a huge Justified fan and after the show was snubbed in all the major categories in its first year, it’s really nice to see it getting some richly deserved recognition. It’s hard to figure how it missed in the best series and writing categories, especially after so many accolades this most recent season, but still with four acting nominations it’s hard for fans of the series to complain a whole lot. I was really hoping that Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and Margo Martindale all received noms, and I’m thrilled that they all made the cut. What surprised me was Jeremy Davies’ nomination as Dickie Bennett. I thought he was terrific, just never thought he would be honored. Win or lose, FX should be pretty proud of Justified getting this attention. Good luck to all the nominees in all the categories !

  15. The dudes who host Wipeout got robbed!!

  16. Let’s go Conan!!!……and that’s all i have to say.

  17. Snubs-Sons of Anarchy, mainly Katey Sagal and Oliver Platt for the Big C, and I just never got into that stupid Glee. You know Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire will take all the drama awards and maybe the Good Wife. My shows, Dexter, Mad Men got nods, but cutting out Breaking Bad was bull. Comedy will probably go to Glee, big The Big C Fan here. I do not think it will turn out like I want it to.