AMC Garners 34 Emmy Award Nominations-- Most for a Basic Cable Network 5 Years in a Row

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July 19th, 2012

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“THE WALKING DEAD” AND “Hell on wheels”












Los Angeles, CA – July 19, 2012 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this morning the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, recognizing AMC with 34 nominations, the most for any basic cable network for the fifth year in a row, breaking the previous 29 nomination record for the network from 2011.  AMC holds record with A&E as the most nominated basic cable networks of all time with 164 nominations. "Mad Men," which reigns as the only television series in cable history to win the Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series four years in row (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011), continues to be the most Emmy® nominated drama series on television.  This year the series garnered 17 nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor for Jon Hamm, Outstanding Actress for Elisabeth Moss, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Jared Harris, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Christina Hendricks, Outstanding Directing for Phil Abraham and three Outstanding Writing noms, making it the most nominated basic cable drama series ever.


AMC's "Breaking Bad," which garnered a third consecutive Emmy for Bryan Cranston as Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and an Emmy for Aaron Paul as Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2010, received 13 nominations, including repeat noms for Cranston and Paul; first-time nominations for Giancarlo Esposito and Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress, respectively; Outstanding Guest Actor for Mark Margolis and Outstanding Directing for Vince Gilligan. “The Walking Dead" received 3 nominations, including Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special.  “Hell on Wheels” received 1 nomination making every single scripted drama series in AMC’s history to be recognized by the Academy.


The tallies for nominations by show are:


“Mad Men” = 17 nominations

“Breaking Bad” = 13 nominations

“The Walking Dead” = 3 nominations

“Hell on Wheels” = 1 nomination


The following is a statement from AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier:


"On the morning of the Emmy nominations, it is exciting to be together with the team to hear AMC programming singled out among the best in television.  It’s an honor and a true testament to the extraordinary work that is done each day in support of the creative and quality story-telling that has come to define our network. No matter the task; winning the Jaguar account, cornering Heisenberg, building the trans-continental railroad, or eluding zombies, it has been an exciting journey again this year on the road to being named the network with the most Emmy nominations on basic cable," said Collier. "We thank the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for recognizing AMC and its programs and congratulate our talented production teams, spectacular casts and exceptional production partners for consistently defying expectations."


Following is the complete list of nominations for AMC:


Outstanding Drama Series


Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television


Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series


Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Bryan Cranston as Walter White


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Jon Hamm as Don Draper


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Anna Gunn as Skyler White


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman


Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce


Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg


Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series


Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Vince Gilligan, Director


Mad Men • The Other Woman • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Phil Abraham, Director


Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series


Mad Men • The Other Woman • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Semi Chellas, Written by

Matthew Weiner, Written by


Mad Men • Commissions And Fees • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Andre Jacquemetton, Written by

Maria Jacquemetton, Written by


Mad Men • Far Away Places • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Semi Chellas, Written by

Matthew Weiner, Written by


Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series


Mad Men • At The Cod Fish Ball • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Dan Bishop, Production Designer

Christopher L. Brown, Art Director

Claudette Didul, Set Decorator


Outstanding Casting For A DramaSeries


Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Laura Schiff, Casting By

Carrie Audino, Casting By


Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series


Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Michael Slovis, Director of Photography


Mad Men • The Phantom • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Christopher Manley, ASC, Director of Photography


Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series

Breaking Bad • End Times • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Kelley Dixon, Edited by


Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Skip MacDonald, Edited by


Mad Men • Far Away Places • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Chris Gay, Edited by


Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series


Mad Men • The Phantom • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Lucia Mace, Key Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Additional Hairstylist

Maria Sandoval, Additional Hairstylist

David Blair, Additional Hairstylist


Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)


Mad Men • Christmas Waltz • AMC • Lionsgate Television

Lana Horochowski, Department Head Makeup Artist

Ron Pipes, Key Makeup Artist

Ken Niederbaumer, Makeup Artist

Keith Sayer, Makeup Artist


Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special


The Walking Dead • What Lies Ahead • AMC • AMC Studios

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head

Jake Garber, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Andy Schoneberg, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Gino Crognale, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Carey Jonse, Special Makeup Effects Artist


Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music


Hell On Wheels • AMC • Entertainment One Television in association with Endemol USA and Monadic Pictures

Gustavo Santaolalla, Theme by


Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series


Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Nick Forshager, Supervising Sound Editor

Jason Tregoe Newman, Music Editor

Kathryn Madsen, ADR Supervisor

Mark Cookson, Sound Effects Editor

Cormac Funge, Sound Effects Editor

Jane Boegel, Dialogue Editor

Jeff Cranforn, Sound Editor


The Walking Dead • Beside The Dying Fire • AMC • AMC Studios

Jerry Ross, Supervising Sound Editor

Lou Thomas, Dialogue ADR Editor

Tim Farrell, Sound Effects Editor

Phil Barrie, Sound Effects Editor

David Lee Fein, Foley Artist

Hilda Hodges, Foley Artist


Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series

(One Hour)

Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Darryl L. Frank, Production Mixer

Jeff Perkins, Re-Recording Mixer

Eric Justen, Re-Recording Mixer


Outstanding Special Visual Effects


The Walking Dead • Beside The Dying Fire • AMC • AMC Studios

Victor Scalise, VFX Supervisor

Jason Sperling, VFX Supervisor

Darrell Pritchett, Special FX Supervisor

Eddie Bonin, VFX Producer

Valeri Pfahning, Lead 2D Artist

Spence Fuller, 2D Artist

Martin Hilke, 2D Artist

Michael Cook, Lead 3D Artist

Jon Rosenthal, 3D Artist


Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role


Breaking Bad • Face Off • AMC • Sony Pictures Television

William Powloski, Visual Effects


Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Designer

Bruce Branit, CGI Supervisor

Werner Hahnlein, Special Effects Coordinator


About “Mad Men”

Set in 1960s New York, “Mad Men” is a sexy and provocative original drama that follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising. Created and executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Matthew Weiner, the series concluded its fifth season on June 10, 2012, marking its most watched season to date with an average of 2.6 million viewers (increasing 15% over last season’s average). The winner of 15 Emmys®, 4 Golden Globes® and a Peabody Award, the show’s cast includes Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse and Kiernan Shipka. Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, produces the series.


About “Breaking Bad”

The explosive drama series that The Hollywood Reporter called “one of the greatest dramas in TV history," returned to AMC for the first part of its final season last Sunday, July 15 with its most watched episode to date with 2.9 million viewers (up 14% over the season four premiere). Created by acclaimed writer, producer and director Vince Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the critically acclaimed series has garnered six Primetime Emmy® Award wins and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011).  “Breaking Bad” stars  three-time Emmy® Award-winner Bryan Cranston; Emmy® winner Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte; Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks.


About “The Walking Dead”

AMC's "The Walking Dead," the number one drama series in basic cable history for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, returns for its third season October 14 with 16 episodes.  Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, the series garnered a 2010 Golden Globe® nomination for Best Television Series – Drama and won the 2011 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-Up. “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series also stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and David Morrissey.  Season three of "The Walking Dead" is executive produced by showrunner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert and co-executive produced by Greg Nicotero.

About “Hell on Wheels”

“Hell on Wheels” premiered on AMC on November 6, 2011. The series reigns as the second highest rated series on AMC. Starring Anson Mount, AMC’s modern western series “Hell on Wheels” follows the story of former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Mount), whose journey west is filled with turmoil and danger as he struggles to leave a troubled past behind. Centered around the treacherous traveling town that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the series examines the greed and corruption in man’s constant fight for power. "Hell on Wheels" also stars Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Robin McLeavy and Christopher Heyerdahl.  “Hell on Wheels” is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton who also serve as executive producers. John Shiban, Jeremy Gold and David Von Ancken serve as executive producers. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One (eOne) serving as the studio. eOne’s Television CEO John Morayniss and EVP of television series Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes at Nomadic Pictures.


  • USAmerica1st

    Wow, AMC has done a great job in finding and promoting some of the best TV available.

  • Steve

    So much for Dish Network, who continually called AMC’s dramas to be “extraneous programming” every day on their Facebook page. Too bad 14 million homes have lost access to these programs.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Yeah! for “Mad Men.” Going for its fifth consecutive Best Drama award!!!
    Only a couple of my friends watch it, so its not exactly water cooler conversation where I am employed.

  • Feedback

    Mad Men and Breaking Bad got pretty much everything they deserved from lead nominations for Bryan Cranston and Jon Hamm to supporting nominations for Christina Hendricks and Anna Gunn to guest appearances by Ben Feldman and Mark Margolis.

    That being said, I think Jessica Paré deserved a lead actress nomination along with John Slattery in supporting. Jared Harris was great this season, but Slattery killed it with his LSD episode. Slattery deserved the nod.

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