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American Horror Story, Mad Men Lead 2012 Emmy Nominations

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American Horror Story and Mad Men each earned 17 nominations in this year's Primetime Emmys honors. However, even though American Horror Story had 12 episodes, the FX drama called itself a "mini-series," giving itself the opportunity to rack up that many nods (Mad Men, which has 13 episodes, is in the drama category).

Other shows honored in a big way: Downton Abbey and Hatfields & McCoys both got 16 nominations each; Hemingway & Gellhorn got 15; Modern Family and Saturday Night Live each got 14; Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and 30 Rock each got 13.

More notable nominations: Lena Dunham earned three nominations for her HBO show, Girls (for lead actress in a comedy, writing, and directing; the show was also nomination for best comedy); Louis C.K. earned numerous nods, for both his FX show Louie and his Beacon Theatre comedy special; and yes, Giancarlo Esposito was nominated for his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad—he'll be going head-to-head with Bryan Cranston in the best lead actor in a drama series category.

Read the nominations below; the 64th Primetime Emmys will be on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, on ABC.

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2012 Emmy Nominations