NBC’s 30 Rock and AMC’s Mad Men led all series at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy nominations, announced this morning by Pushing Daisies’ Kristin Chenoweth and How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris (both Emmy nominees themselves this year). Men’s 16 nominations led all drama series and included nods for outstanding drama series and a best actor nod for John Hamm, while 30 Rock led all comedies with 17 nominations, including outstanding comedy series and actor nods for Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Meanwhile, HBO’s historical miniseries John Adams led all nominees with a total of 23 nods, including a best actor nomination for Paul Giamatti.
Damages (FX) and Mad Men (AMC) made history this morning, becoming the first two basic cable shows ever to be up for best series, both doing so after just their first season. The drama category, a wild card now that last year’s outstanding drama winner, and perennial nominee, The Sopranos has finally been whacked, was rounded off by Lost, House, Boston Legal, and a somewhat surprising nod for Showtime’s Dexter. Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire were the most notable snubs.
Joining 30 Rock on the comedy contenders’ list this year were four other repeats from last year: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, The Office, and Two and a Half Men.
See below for our list of the nominees for the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in some of the most-watched categories. Winners will be announced at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sun., Sept. 21. Check back at EW.com later today for our analysis of the nominations — and who got snubbed. To post your own comments about the Emmy 2008 list, go to PopWatch.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
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
Neil 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
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