And the Emmy Goes To...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Emmy nominations are out this morning. Some shows or actors were shoo-ins, while others were shut out. Topping the nominees was Tina Fey with a jaw-dropping 22 nominations; the other big nominee was AMC's "Mad Men". On The Takeaway is Kim Potts; she runs the blog TV Screener and is here to talk about the Emmys.

Click through for a complete list of nominations, but here are the headlines:

Drama Series: "Big Love," HBO; "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Damages," FX Networks; "Dexter," Showtime; "House," Fox; "Lost," ABC; "Mad Men," AMC.

Comedy Series: "Entourage," HBO; "Family Guy," Fox; "Flight of the Conchords," HBO; "How I Met Your Mother," CBS; "The Office," NBC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Weeds," Showtime.

Flight of the Conchords made a surprise appearance in the Best Comedy category, and one of it's stars, Jemaine Clement, is vying for Best Actor in a Comedy Series:

The other big nominee was AMC's period drama Mad Men:

Nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Drama Series: "Big Love," HBO; "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Damages," FX Networks; "Dexter," Showtime; "House," Fox; "Lost," ABC; "Mad Men," AMC.

Comedy Series: "Entourage," HBO; "Family Guy," Fox; "Flight of the Conchords," HBO; "How I Met Your Mother," CBS; "The Office," NBC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Weeds," Showtime.

Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter," Showtime; Hugh Laurie, "House," Fox; Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment," HBO; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC; Simon Baker, "The Mentalist," CBS.

Actress, Drama Series: Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters," ABC; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT; Glenn Close, "Damages," FX Networks; Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men," AMC; Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace," TNT.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: William Shatner, "Boston Legal," ABC; Christian Clemenson, "Boston Legal," ABC; Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC; William Hurt, "Damages," FX Networks; Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC; John Slattery, "Mad Men," AMC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX Networks; Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy," ABC; Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy," ABC; Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment," HBO; Hope Davis, "In Treatment," HBO; Cherry Jones, "24," Fox.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords," HBO; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," USA; Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC; Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC; Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS; Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?" ABC; Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program," Comedy Central; Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC; Toni Collette, "United States of Tara," Showtime; Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds," Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Kevin Dillon, "Entourage," HBO; Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother," CBS; Rainn Wilson, "The Office," NBC; Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock," NBC; Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock," NBC; Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies," ABC; Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live," NBC; Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live," NBC; Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock," NBC; Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty," ABC; Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds," Showtime.

Miniseries: "Generation Kill," HBO; "Little Dorrit" PBS.

Made-for-TV Movie: "Coco Chanel," Lifetime; "Grey Gardens," HBO; "Into the Storm," HBO; "Prayers for Bobby," Lifetime; "Taking Chance," HBO.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Kline, "Cyrano de Bergerac," PBS; Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm," HBO; Ian McKellen, "King Lear," PBS; Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance," HBO; Kiefer Sutherland, "24: Redemption," Fox; Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind," PBS.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Chandra Wilson, "Accidental Friendship," Hallmark Channel; Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel," Lifetime; Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens," HBO; Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens," HBO; Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby," Lifetime .

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Ken Howard, "Grey Gardens," HBO; Len Cariou, "Into the Storm," HBO; Bob Newhart, "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice," TNT; Tom Courtenay, "Little Dorrit," PBS; Andy Serkis, "Little Dorrit," PBS.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Marcia Gay Harden, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," CBS; Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Grey Gardens," HBO; Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Saddam," HBO; Janet McTeer, "Into the Storm," HBO; Cicely Tyson, "Relative Stranger,"Hallmark Channel.

Guests:

Kim Potts

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya

Contributors:

Stephanie Loleng

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