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30 Rock and Mad Men lead Emmy nominations

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

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