“Glee” is a comedy show but it’s adding an element of drama to the Emmy Awards because the hit musical-comedy is poise to upend Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” as the king of comedy television.
The show about a high school glee club was a surprise hit when it first aired and it’s a leading nominee at Sunday’s Emmy Awards. It’s for best comedy series and cast members Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.
“Modern Family” is another freshman comedy that’s a dark horse contender. while “30 Rock” was trying to retain its crown as best comedy series for its fourth consecutive Emmy.
“Mad Men” is vying for its third drama series trophy.
Others defending their titles include Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” and Glenn Close of “Damages,” who claimed drama series acting honors last year, and, on the comedy side, Toni Collette of “The United States of Tara” and Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock.”
Jimmy Fallon is hosting the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC, airing live nationwide after three decades of tape-delay broadcasts for the West Coast.
The public had a hand in writing some of Fallon’s material. He planned to bring many celebrity presenters onstage with introductions submitted through Twitter.
Other Emmy contenders included Conan O’Brien’s short-lived “Tonight,” which was nominated as best variety, music or comedy series while the show with Jay Leno was snubbed.
David Letterman’s “Late Show” also missed out on a nod, but 2009 winner “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” was nominated.
The final season of “Lost” is competing for best drama series and for acting honors for star Matthew Fox and supporting cast members Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson, chosen as best supporting drama actor last year.
HBO came into the ceremony as the kingpin after claiming 17 awards at the Aug. 21 creative arts Emmys, followed by ABC with 15 and Fox with nine. CBS, NBC and PBS each claimed seven.
“The Pacific,” the World War II miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, is the top nominee and captured a leading seven creative arts awards, which recognize technical and other achievements.