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

By LYNN ELBER | July 14, 2011 | 8:59 AM EDT

In this publicity image released by AMC, Jon Hamm portrays Don Draper in the AMC series, "Mad Men." The series was nominated for an Emmy for best drama series, and Jon Hamm was nominated for best actor in a drama series on Thursday, July 14, 2011. The Emmy awards will be presented on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/AMC)

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.