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Emmys: 'Mad Men,' 'Boardwalk Empire' score big in best drama

July 14, 2011 |  6:14 am

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AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" led the way at the Primetime Emmy Awards, capturing 19 and 18 nominations, respectively, including for best drama series, when the announcement was made Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

Joining them in them in the drama series category were CBS's "The Good Wife" and Showtime's "Dexter," as well as first-time nominees HBO's "Game of Thrones," and NBC's/DirecTV's "Friday Night Lights." 

"Mad Men," which has won the Emmy in this category the last three years, is centered on a 1960s Madison Avenue ad executive whose life is falling apart. The AMC show could, however, receive some tough competition from another period series: HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” which already won a Golden Globe for its depiction of Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jane Lynch and will be broadcast live on Fox on Sept. 18 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.


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— Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Jon Hamm plays hard-drinking advertising executive Don Draper in AMC's "Mad Men." Credit: AMC.