2010 Emmy Nominations Include MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, LOST, MODERN FAMILY, GLEE, 30 ROCK, More

     July 8, 2010


The votes have been tallied, and the 2010 Emmy nominations were announced this morning.  The highlights include:

  • Mad Men, Breaking BadDexter, and Lost all returned to Outstanding Drama category, along with newcomers True Blood and The Good Wife
  • Only 30 Rock and The Office managed to repeat from last year for Outstanding Comedy; Modern Family, Glee, Nurse Jackie are all new blood, with Curb Your Enthusiasm returning to the fold
  • The voters are infatuated with Glee; the high school musical earned 19 nods, more than any other show. Mad Men is topped thedrama category with 17 nominations
  • Thanks to their miniseries/TV movie dominance, HBO leads the field with 101 nominations; ABC has the most for a broadcast network with 63 nominations

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations.

A super-detailed list can be found here, but these are the biggies:


“Breaking Bad”
“The Good Wife”
“Mad Men”
“True Blood”

This is a solid field, surprisingly heavy on genre material.  I didn’t know that the Emmy nominations would have room for the likes of Dexter, Breaking Bad, Lost, and True Blood.  Of course, The Good Wife is a real throwback, the kind of West Wing-ian series that voters loved prior to The Sopranos.

I think Breaking Bad gives Mad Men a run for its money this year, and may keep it from a threepeat.  Of course, if Lost can capitalize on the nostalgia factor…

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Modern Family”
“Nurse Jackie”
“The Office”
“30 Rock”

Trust me when I say this won’t be the last time you see Glee and Modern Family on this list; one of those two will surely knock 30 Rock off its throne.

The Seinfeld season of Curb was pretty inspired, and while Nurse Jackie is a bit of a shocker, it helped keep Entourage off the list.  Naturally, voters made room for the least funny NBC Thursday comedy in The Office; some love for Community is probably too much to ask.

Jim Parsons – “Big Bang Theory”
Larry David – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Matthew Morrison – “Glee”
Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”
Steve Carell – “The Office”
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”

You didn’t really think that Emmy voters would pass up the chance to honor three-time winner Tony Shalhoub for the final season of Monk, did you?  I’ll bet he even wins.

I’d give it to Parsons, and voters may as well, given Big Bang‘s status as television’s highest rated sitcom.  Morrison is entirely affable, but is totally coasting on the Glee wave here.

Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
Kyle Chandler = “Friday Night Lights”
Hugh Laurie – “House”
Matthew Fox – “Lost”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

I’m not sure why they choose now, four seasons in, to honor Kyle Chandler.  But good lord was that a fun (and long overdue) surprise.  He has zero chance of winning, but a nomination is a nice touch.

As a whole, these men do astounding work.  It really is an embarrassment of riches.  With his win last year, Cranston is the man to beat, but it’s possible.  Laurie has a great submission episode in season premiere “Broken,” and Hall completely carries that show.

This was probably Fox’s best season, full of great work to be sure, but I was skeptical that he could break into such a crowded category.


Lea Michele – “Glee”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “The New Adventures Of Old Christine”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler – “Parks And Recreation”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Toni Collette – “United States Of Tara”

As someone who never liked the fact that Jennifer Hudson seemed to win an Oscar for her singing talent rather than dramatic performance, I’m wary of Michele’s nomination.  But I think to her blubbering face in the finale and… yeah, she deserves to be here.

I thought we might be in store for a Showtime triumverate here; Collette and Falco got in there, Weeds‘ Mary Louise Parker dropped off the radar.

Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”
Glenn Close – “Damages”
Connie Britton – “Friday Night Lights”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Mariska Hargitay – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
January Jones – “Mad Men”

Again, I was giddy when Britton’s name was called.  I love this show dearly, and I don’t know why it took so long for it to get on the board, but two major FNL nominations?  I’m in heaven.

The folks of the Firewall & Iceberg podcast had an interesting conversation about how much of Jones’ excellence was her performance, and how much was the pristine costumes/makeup/lighting.  I’m no authority, but her presence here doesn’t irk me one bit.

Chris Colfer – “Glee”
Neil Patrick Harris – “How I Met Your Mother”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Jon Cryer – “Two and a Half Men”


It was feared that the Modern Family gang would cannibalize the field when they all entered into the supporting category, but nope.  Although, Ed O’Neill might be better served in the lead category next year.

If you’re going to gush over Glee, Colfer should absolutely benefit.  Excellent choice.

Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Martin Short – “Damages”
Terry O’Quinn – “Lost”
Michael Emerson – “Lost”
John Slattery – “Mad Men”
Andre Braugher – “Men of a Certain Age”

I always hope for Josh Holloway in this category, but Emerson and O’Quinn are always solid choices.  Men of a Certain Age is a little gem of a show over on TNT, and Braugher is always deserving of any award he’s eligible for.

Aaron Paul should win, with a multitude of fantastic monologues to choose from this season for submission.

Jane Lynch – “Glee”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig – “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Krakowski – “30 Rock”
Holland Taylor – “Two and a Half Men”

Oh, just give the trophy to Lynch already.

Sharon Gless – “Burn Notice”
Rose Byrne – “Damages”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski – “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”
Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men”

I would say that Gless came out of nowhere, but she does have nine prior nominations and three wins at the Emmys.  A really fun choice from a really fun show.