AMC Garners Most Emmy Nominations for Any Basic Cable Network
Nominated for 20 Emmy Awards for Original Series Mad Men and Breaking Bad
Mad Men Garners Most Emmy Noninations for Original Drama Series, Including Outstanding Original Drama Series
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) Nominated for Outstanding Male Lead Actor in a Drama Series
John Slattery Nominated for Outstanding Male Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
New York, New York - July 17, 2008 - The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this morning the 60th Annual EMMY nominations, recognizing AMC with 20 Emmy nominations, the most of any basic cable network. AMC's first original drama series Mad Men received 16 nominations, the most for any drama series, including Outstanding Drama series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Jon Hamm) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series (John Slattery). AMC's Breaking Bad received four Emmy Nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bryan Cranston (his first Emmy nomination in the Drama Category).
The following is a statement from AMC General Manager and Executive Vice President Charlie Collier:
"This is a milestone moment for AMC. To be considered among the best on television by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences for network's original series, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, is a truly distinct honor.
"We congratulate all the Mad Men nominees, including Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm and John Slattery. The dedicated production team and the truly spectacular cast of actors on Mad Men have crafted a remarkable, unique work.
"We congratulate Vince Gilligan on Breaking Bad's nominations and Bryan Cranston for his incredible performance, earning him his first Emmy nomination as a Lead Actor in the Drama category.
"This recognition is an acknowledgement of AMC's dedication to excellence and high-quality programming, and we look forward to upholding this standard.
"In the words of Mad Men's Don Draper, "Who couldn't be happy with all this?"
Mad Men's first season has been honored with a number of industry awards, including two 2008 Golden Globe awards (Best TV Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series for Jon Hamm), and a Peabody Award, among numerous other accolades.
About Mad Men
Mad Men is a smart and cinematic drama about the professional lives, social mores and sexual exploits of advertising executives on Madison Avenue circa 1960, when the industry was at its height of glamour, power, and prestige. The setting is the Sterling Cooper agency, which sells everything from cigarettes to political candidates. The protagonist, Don Draper, is a fast-rising creative director whose smooth exterior conceals any number of secrets. The show's cast includes: Jon Hamm (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Elisabeth Moss ("The West Wing"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Angel"), January Jones (Three Burials of Meliquiades Estrada), Christina Hendricks ("Kevin Hill"), and John Slattery (Flags of Our Fathers).
Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, produces the series with AMC's Christina Wayne, SVP of Scripted Original Programming, and Vlad Wolynetz, VP of Production, Series and Movies, overseeing the development and production of the drama.
Mad Men served as AMC's first-ever foray into original scripted drama series and received unprecedented accolades from the press including being deemed "the smartest and the most compelling television show of the year" by GQ. The series' second season premieres Sunday, July 27 at 10pm ET.
AMC is a multi-platform network that celebrates classic movies and high-quality scripted series. Among the elite services available in nearly 93 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC defines what it means to be a classic movie network today, creating a distinctive viewing experience that celebrates all that is enduringly cool, personal and powerfully relevant about movies. AMC's comprehensive library of popular movies strike a meaningful chord with its audience, and its critically-acclaimed slate of originals all have a cinematic quality that allow them to complement and be complemented by some of the best movies of all time. AMC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, which includes sister networks IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel. AMC is THE FUTURE OF CLASSIC.