HBO campaigning strong slate of returning shows

While HBO has two strong new contenders for Best Drama Series with “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones,” it also has four formidable entries among its returning shows. Past series nominees “True Blood” (2010) and “Big Love” (2009) remain in the hunt for Emmy Awards as do “In Treatment,” which has proven to be a showcase for actors over its first two seasons, and “Treme” which stars recently-crowned Oscar champ Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”).

Among the paycaster’s lineup of laffers is three-time Best Comedy Series nominee “Entourage,” which just finished its seventh season, as well as the sophomore editions of a trio of critically-acclaimed comedies — “Bored to Death,” “Eastbound & Down” and “Hung.”

“Big Love”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Bill Paxton
Drama Actress: Jeanne Tripplehorn
Drama Supporting Actor: Matt Ross
Drama Supporting Actress: Ginnifer Goodwin, Mary Kay Place, Chloe Sevigny, Grace Zabriskie
Drama Guest Actor: Bruce Dern
Drama Guest Actress: Ellen Burstyn

“Bored to Death”
Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Jason Schwartzman
Comedy Supporting Actor: Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis
Comedy Guest Actor: John Hodgman, Oliver Platt
Comedy Guest Actress: Olympia Dukakis, Mary Kay Place, Kristin Wiig

“Eastbound and Down”
Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Danny McBride
Comedy Supporting Actor: Steve Little
Comedy Guest Actor: Don Johnson, Matthew McConaughey

Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier
Comedy Supporting Actor: Scott Caan, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Rex Lee, Jeremy Piven
Comedy Supporting Actress: Emmanuelle Chirqui, Perrey Reeves
Comedy Guest Actress: Sasha Grey, Dania Ramirez

Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Thomas Jane
Comedy Supporting Actress: Jane Adams, Rebecca Creskoff, Anne Heche
Comedy Guest Actor: Lennie James

“In Treatment”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Gabriel Byrne
Drama Supporting Actor: Dane DeHaan, Irrfan Kahn
Drama Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Debra Winger

Drama Series
Drama Actor: Wendell Pierce
Drama Actress: Melissa Leo
Drama Supporting Actor: Clarke Peters, Steve Zahn
Drama Supporting Actress: Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens

“True Blood”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Stephen Moyer
Drama Actress: Anna Paquin
Drama Supporting Actor: Nelsan Ellis, Ryan Kwanten, Denis O’Hare, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell
Drama Supporting Actress: Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll
Drama Guest Actor: James Frain, Joe Manganiello
Drama Guest Actress: Evan Rachel Wood, Alfre Woodard

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