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Emmys baby, right here: 30 Rock and Mad Men lead

In television on 07/16/2009 at 7:51 am

Update Friday, July 17: Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Hey chickens. At around 8:40 a.m. ET today (July 16), the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences unveiled this year’s nominees for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be handed out Sept. 20 this year, broadcast live on CBS and CTV.

Still waiting to see the full list of nominees (looks like the emmys.com site has crashed), but Reuters reports that “NBC’s 30 Rock had a leading 22 nominations, including best TV comedy and AMC’s Mad Men had 16 nominations, including best drama,” and AOL Television has the supporting actor/actress nominees, which are now added to the list.

Here are the major category nominations, as announced by Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, both startled to discover they are nominees.

My puny thoughts on the nominees, such as they are, are at the bottom along with a link to a retro Emmy video that has a great blooper with the lovely Lucille Ball.

Best drama: Big Love, Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, Lost, House, Mad Men

Lead actress in a drama: Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargita (Law and Order: SVU), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace).

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

Supporting actor, drama: William Shatner (Boston Legal), Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), William Hurt (Damages), Michael Emerson (Lost), John Slattery (Mad Men)

Supporting actress, drama: Rose Byrne (Damages), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment), Hope Davis (In Treatment), Cherry Jones (24)

Made for TV movie: Coco Chanel, Grey Gardens, Into the Storm, Prayers for Bobby, Taking Chance

Miniseries: Generation Kill, Little Dorrit

Lead actress miniseries or TV movie: Shirley Maclaine (Coco Chanel), Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby), Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship)

Lead actor in miniseries or movie: Kevin Klein (Cyrano de Bergerac), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Ian McKellan (King Lear), Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance), Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander)

Reality competition program: Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef

Variety, comedy or music series: Colbert Report, Daily Show, Late Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, SNL

Comedy: Entourage, Family Guy, Flight on the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock, Weeds

Actress in a comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (New Adventures of Old Christine), Christina Applegate (Samatha Who?), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Project), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

Actor in a comedy: Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), Steve Carell (The Office), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Suporting actor, comedy: Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Neil Patrick Harris (who will host the Emmys, for How I Met Your Mother), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

Supporting actress, comedy: Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Amy Poehler (SNL), Kristin Wiig (SNL), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)

My thoughts:

  • Great to see Jim Parsons nominated for Big Bang Theory, a funny show that is now getting some respect.
  • What the hell is with the paucity of Lost nominees in these performance categories? I see Michael Emerson for supporting actor and a nod in the drama category and ….? Hello? What about good Locke/bad Locke: Terry O’Quinn? Brokenhearted Sawyer: Josh Holloway?
  • Will someone please bring Breaking Bad to freaking cable in Eastern Canada? Hello? Bryan Cranston was best actor last year and is nominated again this year, as is his co-star and the series. The show is great. Get Season One on DVD. Find Season 2 online and thumb your nose at Canadian broadcasters who will miss your eyeballs when you get more comfy with watching TV on the web. Ahem.
  • Bittersweet to see so many nominees for actors/actresses in now-dead shows: Christina Applegate for Samantha Who, Kristin Chenoweth for Pushing Daisies, William Shatner and Christian Clemenson for Boston Legal (but not James Spader?). Speaking of which, no love whatsoever for Dirty Sexy Money?
  • And finally, though not thoroughly because my real, paying job beckons, very nice to see In Treatment getting continued attention; the half-hour therapy sessions are too talky for some and beautiful verbal ballets to the rest of us.
  • Vulgar, irresistably funny Family Guy has made history by gambling it could make the best comedy list instead of just the animated ghetto. I wish I could think of some vulgar and funny term of congrats.
  • And a nod of agreement to ew.com columnist Michael Ausiello’s point that The Sheild and Friday Night Lights were outrageously snubbed.

Lemme know what you think, either in the comments below or by emailing me (click my name). While you are mulling over these nominations (no Survivor in the reality series category? There IS hope for humanity!), check out this video of funny moments at the Emmys. The first two-thirds is kinda obvious minor, scripted humour, but the last one, involving the luminously beautiful elderly Lucille Ball scrambling, is very funny. Enjoy.

— Denise Duguay

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