HBO dominates the Emmy nominations

This undated publicity image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene outside of a Howard Johnson's restaurant in an episode of "Mad Men." On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)

LOS ANGELES — As HBO dominated the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, nominees in the outstanding miniseries or movie category ranked among the most-honored shows.

FX’s “American Horror Story” tied with “Mad Men” for the most nominations for a single program, with the gothic thriller earning 17 nods, including outstanding miniseries or movie.

The show, starring Connie Britton and Jessica Lange, both of whom earned acting nods, is pitted against the History Channel’s rating blockbuster “Hatfields & McCoys,” which earned 16 nominations, including a nod as outstanding miniseries or movie, and for lead actors Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.

HBO’s romantic drama “Hemingway & Gellhorn” earned 15 nominations, including in the miniseries or movie category, and nods for best actress for Nicole Kidman and best actor for Clive Owen.

Rounding out the nominees in the miniseries or movies category are PBS’ “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia,” which earned 13 nominations, and BBC America’s drama “Luther.”

HBO picked up 81 nods for viewer favorites such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” as well as comedy newcomers “Girls” and “Veep.”

HBO heads into the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards as the most-lauded network, with second place going to CBS, which earned 60 nods, followed by PBS with 58.

As a result there was a sense of deja “view” with the announcement: Many of the nominees have been perennial favorites in recent years, such as “Mad Men,” “30 Rock” and “Modern Family,” as well as Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Michael C. Hall and Jim Parsons.

But there were also some newcomers in the mix, including Showtime’s freshman drama series “Homeland” and its stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.

AMC’s “Mad Men” was one of the big winners, earning 17 nominations, including nods for best drama, best actor for Jon Hamm and best actress for Elisabeth Moss.

The Emmys will be broadcast live on ABC on Sept. 23.