30 Rock and Mad Men lead Emmy nominations

Jul 16, 2009 at 1:07 p.m. ET

30 Rock scored 22 nominations as the Emmy Award nominations were announced in Hollywood July 16. Also near the top of the Emmy nomination board is AMC's Mad Men, a perennial Emmy favorite.

One of the biggest news to arise out of the nominations is how Saturday Night Live's coverage of the 2008 presidential election seems to have done them well. The late-night sketch show earned a record 22 nominations. Congratulations to a show that has been at it for so long, they're finally getting it right once again.

The cast of 30 Rock have been racking up the Emmy nominations

Also to note is the addition of Family Guy in the Outstanding Comedy series category. Family Guy has largely been ignored by the Emmy Awards and is often considered one of the top shows of the year. It's a success story for creator Seth MacFarlane whose show had been cancelled, then brought back after years of fan outcry.

The only surprise in the lead actor comedy series category was the addition of The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons.

Simon Baker scored a nomination for his freshman hit, The Mentalist. Baker's lead acting cohorts are Gabriel Byrne, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie.

Another treat will be watching life in the Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick household over these next few weeks. Both husband and wife received Emmy nominations July 16. Sedgwick earned a nomination for her The Closer role and Bacon earned a best actor nomination for his HBO original film Taking Chance.

Lastly, we here at SheKnows Entertainment always like to provide you the inside scoop to the latest and greatest in Hollywood and in our review of Grey Gardens, we called on the Emmy Awards to simply give Drew Barrymore one for her portrayal of Little Edie. Glad to hear they listened, Barrymore is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries.

The nominees

Outstanding comedy series
How I Met Your Mother has reason to toastEntourage
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
30 Rock

Outstanding drama series
Breaking Bad
House M.D.
Mad Men
Big Love

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Jemaine Clement, The Flight of the Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie
Kevin Cline, Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellan, King Lear
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Show
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Christina Applegate earns herself another Emmy nodMary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
One of our faves, Kristin scores an Emmy nod for Pushing DaisiesJeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Outstanding miniseries
Generation Kill
Little Dorrit

Outstanding made for television movie
Coco Chanel
Grey Gardens
Into the Storm
Prayers for Bobby
Taking Chance

Outstanding variety, music, or comedy series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding variety, music or comedy special
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger — London, New York, Johannesburg
Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch
Ricky Gervais: Out of England — The Stand-Up Special
The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America — A Final Night with George W Bush

Outstanding reality program
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List

Outstanding reality-competition program
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

SheKnows interviews Emmy nominees

Drew Barrymore
Kyra Sedgwick
Christina Applegate
Kiefer Sutherland
Neil Patrick Harris
Simon Baker
Glenn Close
Holly Hunter
Kristin Chenoweth
Vanessa Williams