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‘Mad Men,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Lead Emmy Nominations

The cast and crew of 'Mad Men' including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks  poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The cast and crew of ‘Mad Men’ including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Mad Men,” a piercingly bleak portrait of a 1960s American anti-hero, earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and the chance to set a new record as the most-honored drama in television history.

“Mad Men,” which has won four best drama series trophies and is tied with “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing,” received a fifth bid in the category.

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The miniseries “American Horror story,” a nightmarish saga about a haunted house, received a matching 17 awards, including an acting nod for star Connie Britton.

Other leading nominees include the elegant British-born soap opera “Downton Abbey,” which earned 16 bids, and two miniseries, “Hatfields & McCoys,” with 16, and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” with 15.

“Modern Family,” honored as best comedy series for two years, was the sitcom leader with 14 bids, but the category also saw an infusion of girl power.

Breakout comedies with women at their center — in fashion after the box-office success of “Bridesmaids” — proved alluring to Emmy voters.

“Girls,” creator-star Lena Dunham’s darkly comedic coming-of-age New York story, received a best comedy nod and an acting nomination for its star, Lena Dunham. Zooey Deschanel’s offbeat charm in “New Girl” earned her an acting bid.

“Girls” is HBO’s “current spin on ‘Sex and the City,’ which was a strong past Emmy favorite,” said Tom O’Neil, editor of the Gold Derby awards website.

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Top nominations were announced by Kerry Washington of “Scandal” and by Jimmy Kimmel, who will host the awards and who filled in Thursday for Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation,” who was held up by weather-related travel delays on the East Coast.

148731247 Mad Men, American Horror Story Lead Emmy Nominations

Actress Kerry Washington (L) and TV host Jimmy Kimmel speak onstage during the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations held at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“This is a sex dream, isn’t it,” joked Kimmel, ABC’s late-night host, who arrived on stage at the TV academy dressed in pajamas.

To see the full list of nominees, visit www.emmys.tv.

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