Emmy Awards – The Showdown

Jul. 17 2009, Updated 5:26 a.m. ET

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The Emmy nominations were announced yesterday and it wouldn’t be an awards show if there weren’t some surprises and snubs. We know you can’t please everyone, but it’s shocking that True Blood was shut out! Come on, it easily could have fit in the Best Comedy or Best Drama categories—though any die hard fan knows those vampires have some of the darkest and snarkiest wit around. Family Guy made history as the first animated series to ever get nominated for Best Comedy. And some shows that have already gone off to die in TV heaven are getting their due with Christina Applegate receiving a nom for Samantha Who and Kristin Chenoweth getting one for Pushing Daisies. Grey’s Anatomy stars Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh face off in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category for the second year in a row. Interesting that Katherine Heigl isn’t there as she just confirmed that she’s definitely returning to the show in the fall. It was touch and go if she would renew her contract but she did and we have to say that Katherine really gave Emmy worthy performances this season. She slept with ghosts, battled cancer, married her true love . . . but, if you recall, Katherine did win two years ago . . . but pulled her name out of the running last year because she wasn’t happy with the storylines (or lack thereof) that the writers gave her. 30 Rock dominates with a whopping 172 nominations including Best Comedy series and noms for Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer (yay!), Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski.. Will people finally start watching it now? Does this prove it’s a genius show? And, How I Met Your Mother finally gets its due with its first Best Comedy Series nomination. Could it be their lucky night since it’s star and Best Supporting Actor nominee Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the show?  You’ll just have to catch all the drama and find out who the big winners are on September 20th. In the meantime, here’s a list of the major categories for your reference!

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COMEDY

BEST COMEDY SERIES


Entourage


Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords


How I Met Your Mother


The Office


30 Rock

Weeds

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 


Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock


Steve Carell, The Office 


Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords 


Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


Tony Shalhoub, Monk


Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES


Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? 


Toni Collette, United States of Tara


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Tina Fey, 30 Rock


Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds


Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies


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Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds


Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live


Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live


Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA SERIES 


Big Love

Breaking Bad


Damages


Dexter 


House 


Lost

Mad Men

BEST 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

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Glenn Close, Damages 


Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU


Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


Rose Byrne, Damages


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Hope Davis, In Treatment


Cherry Jones, 24


Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy


Dianne Wiest, In Treatment


Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM


The Amazing Race


American Idol


Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway 


Top Chef

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 (Host) and Tom Colicchio (Co-Host), Top Chef


Jeff Probst, Survivor


Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

REALITY SERIES


Antiques Roadshow

Dirty Jobs


Dog Whisperer

Intervention


Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List


MythBusters

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