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Emmys salute TV's best

It’s time, once again, for the people who make television to give out awards to other people who make television. “The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards” airs at 8 tonight on Fox with Jane Lynch of “Glee” as host. Lynch has said she’s not doing her over-the-top Sue Sylvester character. She will sing, though, and we can expect some fellow “Glee” cast members to show up for a number. (This is, after all, Fox’s chance to promote its series.)A bevy of major stars from network series are presenters. Going in, HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” leads in the total Emmy nomination count with 19, followed by AMC’s “Mad Men” with 19, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” with 18, and ABC’s “Modern Family” with 17.At the Creative Arts Emmys, handed out last week, “Boardwalk Empire” took home seven Emmys.”Freedom Riders,” a PBS documentary about the Civil Rights movement that featured University of South Florida St. Pete professor Ray Arsenault, won in two categories: writing and nonfiction filmmaking.Tonight, couch spuds will be waiting to find out how the members of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences voted on entertainment programming.One big question this year is whether AMC’s “Mad Men” can make it four in a row as best drama.The competition includes HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and CBS’s “The Good Wife.”Some are expecting one of the HBO series to take it this year, and it would be a shocker if either “Friday Night Lights” or “The Good Wife” pulled an upset.For best comedy, the contenders include CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory”; Fox’s “Glee”; ABC’s “Modern Family”; and NBC’s “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock.”All of the NBC comedies are worthy. “Modern Family” is a favorite, but “The Office” might get some glory back thanks to farewell episodes for Steve Carell’s character. The series’ critical acclaim peaked in 2006 when it won best comedy.If the show doesn’t win, at least Carell finally has a good shot at the best comedy actor Emmy. He’s been nominated four times and has come up empty so far. His competition includes multiple past winner Alec Baldwin, of “30 Rock”; Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory”; Matt LeBlanc, of “Episodes”; Louis C.K., of “Louie”; and Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory.”Best Comedy Actress nominees include Tina Fey of “30 Rock”; past winner Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie”; Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation”; Laura Linney of “The Big C”; Martha Plimpton of “Raising Hope”; and Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly.”FX’s gritty “Justified” was overlooked for a best drama nod, but star Timothy Olyphant (as U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens) is up for best drama actor. And three “Justified” supporting actors are nominated, including Margo Martindale, who impressed many this past season as the villainous Mags Bennett, a moonshine-sipping matriarch of Kentucky crime family.Other best dramatic actor nominees include Jon Hamm of “Mad Men”; Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire”; Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights”; Michael C. Hall of “Dexter”; and often-nominated but always overlooked Hugh Laurie of “House.”In the running for best dramatic actress are Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife”; Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men”; Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: SVU”; Kathy Bates of “Harry’s Law”; Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights”; and Mireille Enos of “The Killing.”

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