The 2012 Emmy nominations contained a lot of familiar, expected names — “Breaking Bad” returned to the field in a big way with 13 nominations, and “Modern Family” racked up a big haul as well. But there were also surprises, both in shows that did make the cut and those that didn’t.
As expected, “Homeland” scored big, earning nominations for best drama series, lead actress Claire Danes and lead actor Damian Lewis among its nine nominations. A couple other first-year series were surprises, though: HBO’s “Girls” and “Veep” are both nominated for outstanding comedy series.
On the flip side, “The Good Wife” was pushed out of the running for best drama series by “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland,” while “Parks and Recreation” and “Glee” both went begging in the best comedy field.
The leading nominees are “American Horror Story” — which chose to compete in the miniseries and movies categories — and “Mad Men” with 17 apiece. “Downton Abbey’s” move from miniseries to drama paid off with 16 nominations, and History Channel’s huge hit “Hatfields & McCoys” also scored 16 nods.
All six adult stars of “Modern Family” were once again nominated for comedy supporting actress or actor. The men will be vying against Max Greenfield of “New Girl” and Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live.” Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, meanwhile, will be up against a pair of first-time nominees — Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie” and Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” — along with Kristen Wiig of “SNL” and the late Kathryn Joosten of “Desperate Housewives,” who’s a two-time winner for outstanding guest actress in a comedy but earned her first nomination in the supporting category.
Not making the cut for comedy supporting actress this year: “Glee” star Jane Lynch, who won the award in 2010. Other notables not on the ballot this year are Hugh Laurie, shut out for the final season of “House”; “Justified” stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins; and “The Good Wife’s” Josh Charles and Alan Cumming.
The 64th annual Primetime Emmys will air Sunday, Sept. 23 on ABC.