The remake of Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet has earned 21 Emmy nominations, including one for gay director Todd Haynes. Of Glee's 12 nominations, the only two regular cast acting noms are for out lesbian Jane Lynch, who won last year and is hosting the Emmys this year, and gay Kurt's Chris Colfer, who in his category faces four men from Modern Family, which earned 17 nominations. Lots and lots of other gay or gay-adjacent nominees such as Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Christine Baranski, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Will Arnett, Justin Timberlake, and Kathy Griffin. Full list here.
If you like brains with your English country house envy, get the splendid Downton Abbey, which garnered 11 Emmy nominations. Created by Gosford Park Oscar winner Julian Fellowes, the 6-hour series again nails the twin galaxies of a rich family and their complex servants, this time in England's golden twilight approaching World War I. The cast includes a hot, scheming, gay footman who has an ongoing affair with a young Duke but is later blackmailed by a teasing Turkish temptation [tophatted, above] groaningly named "Kemal Pamuk." Readers of the Nobel winner's The Museum of Innocence see this is akin to a Turkish television show naming its sole American boy "Huck Twain." Watch it now because the second season and a Christmas special are underway.