'Mad Men,' 'Mildred Pierce' get top Emmy nods

July 14, 2011 - 8:59 AM
Emmy Nominations

In this publicity image released by AMC, Jon Hamm portrays Don Draper in the AMC series,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men," the sharply observed drama of a changing 1960s America, captured 19 Emmy nominations Thursday morning to lead the series pack, with the melodramatic miniseries "Mildred Pierce" starring Kate Winslet grabbing a top 21 bids.

"Mad Men" has a chance to repeat for a fourth consecutive year as best drama. "Modern Family," last year's top comedy series, was the most-nominated sitcom with 17 bids.

Other leading nominees include the Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire" with 18 nominations, "Saturday Night Live" with 16 and sex-and-swords fantasy "Game of Thrones" and the sitcom "30 Rock" with 13 bids each.

"OK, keep it together," a surprised nominations co-announcer Melissa McCarthy said when she realized she was a nominee for her sitcom "Mike & Molly."

The controversial sitcom "The Kennedys," which was dropped by the History channel and given a second chance by the lesser-known ReelzChannel, received 10 nominations, including best miniseries.