It’s July, and were this a rightful world “Mad Men” would be gracing our televisions on Sunday nights. But it’s not, and we’ll have to wait until early 2012 for the return of my (and maybe your?) favorite show. But in the meantime, we can note with approval that “Mad Men” received 19 Emmy nominations this morning — more than any other series. This included acting nods for Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Robert Morse and first-timers Cara Buono, who played Dr. Faye Miller, and Randee Heller, the truly awe-inspiring Miss Blankenship. (Let’s pause for a moment of silence for the late, lamented Miss Blankenship, who will be making no further guest appearances.) “The Suitcase,” one of the show’s best episodes, was nominated in three different categories. So, what would Don Draper say to all of this?
Meanwhile, “Mildred Pierce” led the pack with 21 nominations (I have to say, beautiful as it was, I couldn’t bring myself to watch the whole thing), and also scoring high were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Modern Family,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Game of Thrones,” and two more personal favorites of mine, “30 Rock” and “Downton Abbey.” Even “The Killing” squeaked out five nominations, though to my mind they were the wrong ones: Why nominate Mireille Enos and not her rather more interesting partner, Joel Kinnaman? You can read the whole list here; should you wish.