By Staff Reporter, EnStarz | Sep 23, 2012 08:47 PM EDT
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards is underway with Man Men leading the way to win its fifth consecutive title for best drama series.
The beloved 1960's advertising show "Mad Men" is a strong contender as the AMC production is looking to take their fifth consecutive win for best drama series. The show holds 17 Emmy nominations, which is just above the 16 held by their top competitor, "Downton Abbey." The PBS period drama set in an aristocratic English house has given the broadcast company its best years at the award show.
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Todd Gold, executive editor of Xfinity TV, told Reuters, "What makes this year's Emmys filled with such anticipation is that there are no easy predictions and that makes the show exciting." He added, "There was a period in the 1990s when the Emmys seemed so predictable. This is a year that really reflects the strength and depth of TV across the board."
Other critically acclaimed series such as the dark drug drama "Breaking Bad" and the 1930s-era gangster show "Boardwalk Empire," have put up quite a fight. Bryan Cranston is favored to win a fourth Emmy as best actor in a dramatic series for his role in the final season of AMC's "Breaking Bad."
Watch the results as the award show airs on ABC today at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Check out all the nominations for the Emmy Awards below.
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO) "Girls" (HBO) "Modern Family" (ABC) "30 Rock" (NBC) "Veep" (HBO)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory" Larry David as Himself in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in "House of Lies" Louis C.K. as Louie in "Louie" Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in "30 Rock" Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in "Two and a Half Men"
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in "Girls" Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in "Mike & Molly" Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in "New Girl" Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in "Nurse Jackie" Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation" Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in "30 Rock" Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in "Veep"
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett in "Modern Family" Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in "Modern Family" Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in "Modern Family" Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in "Modern Family"
Max Greenfield as Schmidt in "New Girl" Bill Hader as various characters in "Saturday Night Live"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in "The Big Bang Theory" Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in "Desperate Housewives" Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in "Modern Family" Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in "Modern Family" Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in "Nurse Jackie" Kristen Wiig as various characters in "Saturday Night Live"
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) "Breaking Bad" (AMC) "Downton Abbey" (PBS) "Game of Thrones" (HBO) "Homeland" (Showtime) "Mad Men" (AMC)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in "Damages" Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in "Downton Abbey" Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in "The Good Wife" Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in "Harry's Law" Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in "Homeland" Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in "Mad Men"
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire" Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad" Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in "Dexter" Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey" Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in "Homeland" Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad" Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in "Downton Abbey" Joanne Froggatt as Anna in "Downton Abbey" Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in "The Good Wife" Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in "The Good Wife" Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in "Mad Men"
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad" Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring in "Breaking Bad" Brendan Coyle as John Bates in "Downton Abbey" Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in "Downton Abbey" Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones" Jared Harris as Lane Pryce "Mad Men"
MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
"American Horror Story" (FX) "Game Change" (HBO) "Hatfields & McCoys" (History) "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO) "Luther" (BBC America) "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" (PBS)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in "American Horror Story" Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in "Game Change" Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in "Hemingway & Gellhorn" Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in "Missing" Emma Thompson as She in "The Song of Lunch"
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in "Game Change" Kevin Costner as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in "Hatfields & McCoys" Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in "Hatfields & McCoys" Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in "Hemingway & Gellhorn" Idris Elba as John Luther in "Luther" Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy as Moira in "American Horror Story" Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in "American Horror Story" Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace "Game Change" Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in "Hatfields & McCoys" Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in "Page Eight"
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey in "American Horror Story" Ed Harris as John McCain in "Game Change" Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in "Hatfields & McCoys" David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in "Hemingway & Gellhorn" Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia"
"The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central) "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central) "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC) "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC) "Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO) "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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