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"Boardwalk Empire" and other new shows catch Emmy's eye

A scene from "Boardwalk Empire" featuring Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams and Michael Badalucco. HBO

(CBS) Among the crop of new shows that debuted last fall, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" fared the best against long-time Emmy contenders.

The Prohibition-era drama grabbed 18 nominations, including a Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series nod for Steve Buscemi, who plays an Atlantic City political boss.

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HBO also had another winning newcomer in sex-and-swords fantasy "Game of Thrones," which garnered 13 nominations.

Actress Melissa McCarthy, who won critical acclaim this summer for her role in "Bridesmaids," got a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on the freshman CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly."

She will be competing against two other fresh faces - Martha Plimpton of "Raising Hope" and Laura Linney of "The Big C."

Louis C.K. of "Louie" and Matt LeBlanc of the satiric show business series "Episodes," best known for his role as Joey in "Friends," received a lead comedy actor bids. Both shows just finished their first seasons.

Other fresh faces coming off first seasons were drama actress nominees Mireille Enos of "The Killing" and Kathy Bates of "Harry's Law," best drama actor Timothy Olyphant of "Justified," best supporting actor in a drama series nominee Walton Goggins of "Justified" and best supporting actress in a drama series nominees Kelly Macdonald of "Boardwalk Empire" and Michelle Forbes of "The Killing."

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