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Emmy Award nominations are here

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Emmy mad for Mad Men

And the Emmy goes to...not yet! Although the nominations were announced today!

Emmy nominated Steve CarrellOne thing was quite obvious this morning in Hollywood:

Who's da bomb? Reality shows, that's who.

When the 60th annual Emmy Awards air on September 21st from Los Angeles, there will be a new category in lights.

Here's a little hint with the nominees: Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Jeff Probst, and Howie Mandel...give up?

That's right, there's a new category for top host for a reality-competition show (seems like Chris Harrison got gypped, we love him on the Bachelor/Bachelorette!)

As for the scoop, "Mad Men" held its power with 16 nods, the highest in any drama series. Jon Hamm scooped a nomination for the best actor and was nominated along with Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), and James Spader ("Boston Legal").

The actresses held their own as well: Glenn Close ("Damages"), Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").

One of our faves, "30 Rock," is almost a slam dunk in the contest having been nominated 17 times including best series, lead actor and actress, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, respectively. Along with Alec fellow comedy series lead actors included Steve Carrell ("The Office"), Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies"), Tony Shaloub ("Monk"), and Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men").

Multiple nominee, Tina FeyTina Fey's colleagues in the best comedy series actress are Christina Applegate ("Samantha Who"), America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("New Adventures of Old Christine"), and Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds").

The nominee list

COMEDY

COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Entourage
The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
One of our faves, 'Betty' is nominated againNeil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock
Tim Conway, 30 Rock
Rip Torn, 30 Rock

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Up next...the nominees for Drama, Reality and mini-series

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