The 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees were announced at a traditionally early-morning ceremony today in L.A. And if there’s one message that the 62nd Emmy Award nominations sent, it’s that it’s good to be Glee.
The freshman musical/dramedy racked up more nods than any other ongoing television series, scoring a whopping 19 nominations — including best comedy series, best comedy actor for Matthew Morrison, best comedy actress for Lea Michele, supporting comedy actor for Chris Colfer, and supporting comedy actress for Jane Lynch. Three of its guest stars even got a nod each, and there were any number of hair, makeup, directing nominations as well.
The most total nominations went to the HBO miniseries The Pacific, which nabbed an incredible 24 nods. Other big winners include Mad Men, with 17 nominations; 15 noms each for Temple Grandin, 30 Rock, and You Don’t Know Jack; and 14 nominations for ABC’s freshman comedy series Modern Family.
Other nominations of note:
- Lost received an impressive 12 nominations for its final season, including best drama series, best drama actor for Matthew Fox, best supporting drama actors for both Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, and even a best drama guest actress for returning favorite Elizabeth Mitchell. The last time Lost managed that many nominations was for its first season. 24, the other big genre show that ended a long run this year, by contrast only scored 5 nominations.
- Conan O’Brien enjoyed some delicious revenge against NBC by scoring a best variety, music, or comedy series nomination for his 7-month stint on The Tonight Show. O’Brien’s Tonight Show actually got a total of 4 nominations, which bested all other late night talk shows.
- Alec Baldwin doubled his chances of winning this year. The actor scored his annual best comedy actor nod for 30 Rock, along with a supplemental nomination for co-hosting this year’s Oscar Awards. His partner in crime, Tina Fey, bested him by gaining her usual 30 Rock acting and writing nods, along with another for her guest appearances on Saturday Night Live.
- Larry David was given his 21st career nomination (he’s won only twice).
- Several brand new shows scored multiple nominations, entering the playing field with impressive numbers that point the way toward high future expectations for more of the same. The new heavy hitters include Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, and The Good Wife.
- As usual, HBO received the most overall nominations of any network, with a total of 101.
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and will air on Sunday, August 29th. Get the complete list of nominations here.