'30 Rock,' 'Mad Men' lead Emmy nominations

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Tbd-chandrawilson071709 Emmy nominations came out today, and Tina Fey's 30 Rock led the pack with an amazing 22 nominations, proving that perhaps the academy still has some taste. The '60s retro series Mad Men led the drama pack with 16 bids, too, giving the shows that won best comedy and drama last year a chance to repeat, the AP reports.

TV movies Grey Gardens, with 17 nominations, and Into the Storm, with 14, were among the front-runners. Chandra Wilson of Grey's Anatomy and Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory helped make the announcement at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' theater -- and both announced their own nods.

"No! ... This is some sort of trick fest," Parsons said about his look for lead actor in a comedy series, his first ever.

"I'm going to the party!" Wilson said of her bid for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for Accidental Friendship. She was also nominated for supporting actress in a drama series for Grey's.

Farrah's Story, the documentary about Farrah Fawcett's battle against cancer, was nominated in the nonfiction special category. She died June 25.

"It's very bittersweet. Farrah passed away three weeks ago today," said Alana Stewart, who helped film her longtime friend. "I know that she would be so, so happy. This was so important to her, this project. She's been nominated before, and I just know that this would be the most important one of all."

Inexplicably, Family Guy won a rare best-comedy series nomination for an animated series. That's the first time that's happened since The Flintstones did it in 1961. The Simpsons had to settle for the animated series category, which probably makes that gang pretty unhappy.

The series fields are especially crowded, the AP reported, with seven contenders in both drama and comedy categories. Joining Mad Men are fellow cable dramas Big Love, Breaking Bad, Damages and Dexter. Two network dramas, House and Lost, also made the cut.

Among comedies, the nominees besides 30 Rock and Family Guy include other network series How I Met Your Mother and The Office. Cable contenders include Entourage, Flight of the Conchords and Weeds.

Notable for their absence were good series that met their ends last season, including ER, Boston Legal and Battlestar Galactica, all three of which garnered no acting or best series nominations. The Shield was shut out entirely after ending its run and shows like Desperate Housewives, True Blood and Jon & Kate Plus 8 didn't break into major award categories, either.

The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, will air live Sept. 20 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Harris also is a nominee, for best supporting actor in a comedy series, for How I Met Your Mother, by the way.

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