Steve Buscemi,  Kyle Chandler Steve Buscemi, Kyle Chandler

Mad Men topped the prime-time Emmy nominations Thursday with 19, while new faces and the long overlooked Friday Night Lights finally broke through to the big race. The miniseries Mildred Pierce led all nominations with 21.

Both shows will vie for drama series honors against Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire. Mad Men will aim for the first four-peat since The West Wing swept from 2000-03.

Newbies Boardwalk and Game of Thrones put up a good showing, earning 18 and 13 nominations, respectively, while reigning comedy series champ Modern Family reeled in 17.

Joshua Jackson, Melissa McCarthy to announce Emmy nominations

Modern Family will try to defend its title against Glee, The Office, three-time champ 30 Rock, and first-time nominees The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation.

Defending champ Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) was snubbed in the drama actress race, which features Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).

Mike & Molly's Melissa McCarthy, who announced the nominations with Joshua Jackson, received her first nomination for comedy lead actress.

HBO was the most nominated network with 104 nods, followed by CBS (50) and NBC (46).

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jane Lynch, airs Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c on Fox.

Check out the nominees:

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Mad Men

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family
The Office

Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski
, The Good Wife
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Margo Martindale, Justified
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin
, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

Reality Host
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can DancePhil Keoghan, The Amazing RaceJeff Probst, SurvivorRyan Seacrest, American IdolVariety, Music or Comedy SeriesThe Colbert ReportConanThe Daily Show with Jon StewartLate Night with Jimmy FallonReal Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night Live