The nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards  were announced on Thursday, and I confess that I was pleased to see some of my favorites make the list. They include Mad Men , Dexter , House M.D. , The Closer , many others. Here’s a short list of nominated series.
Breaking Bad  -- A high school chemistry teacher gets caught up in the drug trade in this series starring Bryan Cranston. A lot of people were surprised that he’s such a strong dramatic actor. But I thought he was so good in the comedy Malcolm in the Middle, I figured he could handle drama, too. Two Emmys in a row and a possible third this year show that his fellow actors respect his talent.
Dexter  -- The serial killer next door. The guy you’d trust with your family – as long as your family are nice people. Michael C. Hall won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild awards this year. And he’s nominated for the Emmy this year.
The Good Wife -- When her politician husband is caught in a scandal involving sex and corruption, Alicia Florrick has to strike out on her own to support herself and her children. Julianna Margulies stars in this highly praised series. She and co-stars Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi are also nominated.
Lost  -- This show became one of the most talked about and analyzed TV series in years. The mystery of the survivors of a plane crash kept viewers guessing throughout its run. A multiple Emmy winner, lead actor Matthew Fox and supporting actors Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson are also nominated this year.
Mad Men  -- If your image of a 1960s ad exec is limited to Darrin on Bewitched , check out this series set in the early 60s. Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper, a successful executive with a mysterious past and a very troubled marriage. John Slattery, January Jones, and Elizabeth Moss head a strong supporting cast. This show makes you think twice about “the good old days.”
True Blood  -- Who knew vampires would become all the rage on TV and movies and books? Writers who put their considerable talents to explore the supernatural, that’s who. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer star in the extreme and extremely popular series. Now in its third season, the Outstanding Drama nod this year is its first major Emmy nomination.
Curb Your Enthusiasm  -- Larry David stars in this series about Larry David – only it’s not really about the real Larry David. Get it? You don’t? Let’s just say you have to see it for yourself. A show about a man too honest for his own good -- or anyone else's. David is also nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy.
Glee  -- Nominated for Outstanding Comedy in its first year, this hit series tells the story of a high school glee club and all the trials and tribulations that come with being in the club – and being a teenager. A very talented cast led by Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele make this a show worth rooting for – but I confess to watching for Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach who’s an all-around killjoy.
Modern Family -- Ed O’Neill stars in this show in its freshman year. He plays Jay Pritchett, a man on his second marriage. His wife Gloria is much younger and has a son, Manny, by her first marriage. His daughter Claire and son-in-law Phil are trying to handle three kids. Son Mitchell and his partner Cameron have just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam. They’re the all-American modern family.
Nurse Jackie  -- This dark comedy stars Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a dedicated nurse – who is juggling marriage, motherhood, career – and a drug addiction.
The Office -- Steve Carell stars as clueless boss Michael Scott in this comedy about the everyday workings of a modern business. From office politics to office romances, seems like there’s always something going on to disrupt the everyday routine. Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, and Rainn Wilson co-star.
30 Rock  -- Liz Lemon has her hands full as producer of the sketch show “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Trying to appease her unpredictable star and the more unpredictable network boss, Liz hardly has time for herself. Tina Fey created and stars in this comedy, along with Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski. Tina, Alec, and Jane are also nominated for acting in this hit series.
That’s the basics of the nominations. Many people consider the 1950s to have been a golden age for television and it was. But I think we have some of the best series in TV history on the air right now. And the Emmy voters have made some excellent choices for this year’s nominations. The presentation will be aired on NBC on Sunday, August 29. Enjoy!