Mad Men gets 17 Emmy nods

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Mad Men dominated nominations for the primetime Emmy awards on Thursday, a triumph for the 1960s-themed series that almost failed to return for its fifth season this year.

The show is up against Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, the British-made Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland for best drama series, but unlike any of its rivals, it figures in all nine drama-related categories.
Nominations for the top honors in US television were announced at the not-very-primetime hour of 5:40 am (1240 GMT). The awards night, hosted by late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel, is set for September 23.
Set in a New York advertising agency in a decade of radical social change, Mad Men is already in the television record books as the only series ever to win the best drama Emmy for every season it has aired.
But the show, which returned for its fifth season in March, almost died in 2011 when talks on a new contract between creator Matthew Weiner, production company Lionsgate and the AMC cable channel turned acrimonious.
Weiner, who at one point stormed out of the negotiations, fought against boardroom attem-pts to lower the cost of making the show, which has never brought in big advertising revenues. The long list of Mad Men nominees included Jon Hamm for best actor, Elisabeth Moss for best actress, Jared Harris for best supporting actor and Christina Hendr-icks for best supporting actress. Mad Men collected 17 nominations, one more than Downton Abbey, which last year won in the mini-series category.

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