`Pacific,’ `Glee’ Top Emmy Nominees

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The leading nominee for Emmy Awards is the gritty, unsparing World War II drama, “The Pacific,” with 24 nominations.

“Glee,” the spunky TV musical comedy about high school misfits and the teachers who shepherd them,got 19 bids, including for best comedy series and stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele.

Conan O’Brien nabbed a nomination as best variety, music or comedy series for the “The Tonight Show” , even though he is no longer there, while resurrected Jay Leno, who is back atop the late-night leader board for viewership, was snubbed. 

David Letterman’s “Late Show” also was missing from the category, after a season in which the host turned an admission of affairs with female staffers and a blackmail attempt into high broadcast drama.

 Besides “Glee,” other newcomers receiving Emmy recognition include “Modern Family,” with nods for best comedy series and for five members of its ensemble cast, and “The Good Wife,” a nominee for best drama and recognition for star Julianna Margulies.

The final season of “Lost” garnered nominations for best drama series and a nod for star Matthew Fox and supporting nominations for Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson. Elizabeth Mitchell received a guest actress bid for the drama.

“Saturday Night Live” received 12 nominations for a total 126 nominations during its run, surpassing the “ER” all-time record of 124 bids. One of the nominations went to Betty White, who at 88 proved you’re never too old for comedy when she hosted the show to big ratings and applause.

Besides “Glee” and “Modern Family,” other nominees for best comedy series include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Office” and last year’s winner, “30 Rock,” with its third consecutive bid in the category.

Joining “Lost” and “The Good Wife” as best drama series nominees were “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “True Blood” and “Mad Men,” which won the award for the past two seasons.
  
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APNT 07-08-10 0910EDT

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