30 Rock Leads 2009 Emmy Nominations


The nominees for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today in Los Angeles, and the show to garner the most nods was 30 Rock, which received a record 22 nominations for a comedy series. With the Emmys expanding their number of nominees from five to six in certain categories, some new shows were finally able to get some recognition, although a few big shows were still overlooked in their final seasons: most notably The Shield and Battlestar Galactica.

There are a ton of categories so I only included some of the major nominees below. For the complete list visit the Emmy Awards official website. What do you think of the nominees? Did any of your favourite shows get left out? What are the biggest oversights?

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock
Family Guy
Flight Of The Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office

Outstanding Drama Series
Big Love
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Outstanding Made for TV Movie
Coco Chanel
Grey Gardens
Into The Storm
Prayers For Bobby
Taking Chance

Outstanding Miniseries
Generation Kill
Little Dorrit

Outstanding Animated Program (Under One Hour)
American Dad – “Sixteen-Hundred Candles”
Robot Chicken – “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II”
South Park – “Margaritaville”
The Simpsons – “Gone Maggie Gone”

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Chris Rock – Kill The Messenger
Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut A Bitch
Ricky Gervais: Out Of England
The Kennedy Center Honors
Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Charlie Sheen (Two And A Half Men)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption)
Kevin Kline (Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances))
Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm)
Sir Ian McKellen (King Lear (Great Performances))
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
Kenneth Branagh (Wallander: One Step Behind)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Toni Collette (United States Of Tara)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship)
Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel)
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)
Prayers For Bobby (Sigourney Weaver)

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  • David Wilson

    I love 30 Rock,but television is so full of shit. How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men are so shit.

  • Only one nomination for Lost? No wonder the Emmys are a joke.

  • Never mind, I see on the official site that Emerson got a supporting acting nod and there’s one for writing and two others. Still not enough, but better than I thought.

  • Man, nominating Family Guy, the Emmys are crap.

  • Friday Night Lights gets ingnored again. What a joke!


  • Raph

    Lost only once is a joke.

  • ToeFu

    no Tim & Eric nomination?? What a farce.

  • Goon

    as much as people complain about Oscar noms, the Emmys are far worse and irrelevant. As much as I love 30 Rock and love to see it get some much deserved recognition, its just not the true barometer of what’s good right now.

    But seriously, 30 Rock is damn amazing, and this is despite the fact that right now it relies too much on its guest starts instead of its supporting cast. It’s a testament to the writing quality it can have this blatant flaw but still have such top quality episodes in spite of it.

  • Goon

    and yes, Lost got screwed, as this was its best season to date.

  • Xu

    30 rock probably is one of the best show on TV now

    nonetheless this season is pretty unbalanced, the first half is ruined by too many guest stars (for the dying rating, totally understandable) and lack of previous amazing TV show story lines.
    Thankfully the 2nd half has a big come back, and the finale is brilliant!