It’s time to survey, and protest, Emmy nominations

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But what about two other breakout hits from last season: CBS‘ sitcom “2 Broke Girls” and ABC’s fairy-tale drama “Once Upon a Time”?

Couldn’t Emmy have made room for at least one of the funny “Broke” co-stars, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs? And why was Emmy blind to the spell cast by any of the “Once Upon a Time” ensemble?

When it comes to Emmys, AMC’s “Mad Men” has nothing to complain about. The advertising drama continues its reign this year by picking up a leading 17 Emmy nominations. But, oddly, none of those was for costumes. Even though the series has never won in this category, it has landed a best costume nomination every year since “Mad Men” began. Why none this year? Viewers who savor the characters’ eye-popping `60s sartorial style have to be wondering.

If Emmy’s annual bumper crop for “Mad Men” has become ritual, another of this year’s big scorers is, by contrast, a big surprise. “Hatfields & McCoys,” a three-night miniseries that aired at the end of May, made history on _ fittingly _ History channel by averaging 13.8 million viewers as the most-watched miniseries ever on cable.

Following on that ratings triumph, the program (recounting the famous interfamily feud) collected 16 nominations. Nothing to argue about there: This is the sort of out-of-nowhere surprise that Emmy watchers thrive on.


EDITOR’S NOTE _ Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at) and at

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