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A record 17 Emmy nominations for 'Mad Men'

"Mad Men" earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and the chance to set a record as the most-honored drama in television history, The Associated Press reports.

The AMC show, which has won four best drama series trophies and is tied with "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "The West Wing," received a fifth bid in the category. Five out of six best drama series slots were claimed by cable shows, both premium and basic, with the sixth going to PBS.

FX's miniseries, "American Horror Story," a nightmarish saga about a haunted house, received a matching 17 awards, including an acting nod for star Connie Britton.

Other leading nominees include the elegant British-born soap opera "Downton Abbey," which earned 16 bids, and two miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys," with 16, and "Hemingway & Gellhorn" with 15.

Breakout comedies with women at their center, in fashion after the box-office success of "Bridesmaids," proved alluring to Emmy voters.

"Girls," creator-star Lena Dunham's darkly comedic coming-of-age New York story, received a best comedy nod and acting, writing and directing nominations for her. Zooey Deschanel's offbeat charm in "New Girl" earned her an acting bid. "I have had the shriekiest morning of my life," said Dunham, arriving on set for the second season of "Girls." "I literally feel like I got asked to the prom and engaged and told I was going to the moon all in one day. Not to be too dramatic."

The nominees

DRAMA

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"

"Homeland"

"Mad Men"

ACTRESS, DRAMA

Glenn Close, "Damages"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

ACTOR, DRAMA

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

COMEDY

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

"Girls"

"Modern Family"

"30 Rock"

"Veep"

ACTOR, COMEDY

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"

ACTRESS, COMEDY

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Melissa McCarthy. "Mike & Molly"

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

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