American Horror Story, Mad Men Lead 2012 Emmy Nominations
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.