64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Announced

Primetime Emmy nominations are out and “Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” are leading the pack.

“Mad Men” received 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and a chance to set a record as the most-honored drama series in TV history. Stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss are up for lead acting honors.

The miniseries “American Horror Story” received a matching 17 awards, including an acting nod for star Connie Britton.

Other leading nominees include drama series “Downton Abbey” and two miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

Also nominated for best drama series are “Homeland,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones.”

Emmy voters gave a thumbs-up to some breakout comedies with women at their center — which are in fashion after the box office success of “Bridesmaids.” A best-comedy nod went to the HBO series “Girls,” along with acting, writing and directing nominations for Lena Dunham.

A best-comedy-actress nomination went to Zooey Deschanel of “New Girl.” Her competitors include Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly,” who won last year.

Academy voters paid tribute to the late Kathryn Joosten. She received a supporting actress bid for her role in “Desperate Housewives.” Joosten died in June of lung cancer.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 23rd on ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel will host.

To see the entire nominations list, go to http://www.emmys.com/ (AP)

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