TV honors itself at annual ceremony

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Preview of the Governors Ball during The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Although some series have jumped the gun, the fall television season gets going this week. It’s also the time of year broadcast and cable TV honors last season’s best. Here's more on tonight’s primetime Emmy awards.

This year’s ceremony shines a spotlight on a critics’ darling that never attracted large mainstream audiences. It’s “Friday Night Lights,” a high school football series on DirecTV and NBC; it ends its five-year run with a first-ever nomination for best drama.

Other nominees in that category are HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Showtime’s “Dexter” and a three-time winner, AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Best comedy series nominees include CBS’ “Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” Fox’s “Glee” and NBC sitcoms “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office.”

The most-nominated program this year — with 21 nods — is the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.” In the series, Kate Winslet placed her own stamp on the long-suffering maternal role Joan Crawford made famous. Fox TV will broadcast the Emmy award show tonight from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

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