There were the usual suspects among this morning’s Emmy nominations (anyone connected to “30 Rock,” Tony Shalhoub), but adding slots to the main categories allowed voters to sneak in a few surprises.
The biggest ones?
“Family Guy” and “Flight of the Conchords” are in contention for Best Comedy, Sarah Silverman is up for Best Comedy Actress and Jim Parsons got snaps for his portrayal of an uptight nerd in “The Big Bang Theory.”
There was some surprise in who was missing from the list, too.
None of the “Desperate Housewives” were nominated.
Neither was America Ferrera of “Ugly Betty,” who won a trophy in 2007.
“Grey’s Anatomy” isn’t up for Best Drama.
Those results can be justified – none of the above had a stellar year – but there were some snubs too terrible to be ignored.
Not a single nomination for the harrowing series finale of “The Shield?”
No love for Josh Holloway of “Lost,” after showing serious emotional range this season? (Good to see recognition for Michael Emerson, though.)
“The Big Bang Theory” shut out of Best Comedy contention?
In terms of sheer odds, “30 Rock” is sure to do well at the awards ceremony, considering it garnered a whopping 22 nominations, including five for the main and supporting actors. (Including Tracy Morgan!)
The HBO movie “Grey Gardens” came in next with 17 nods, followed by AMC’s “Mad Men” with 16.
Click here to read a full list of nominees in all of the major categories.
And here’s what we’ve got to say about Neil Patrick Harris – who also scored a nomination for “How I Met Your Mother” – hosting of the Sept. 20 Emmy ceremony?
It’s going to be LEGEND-wait for it-ARY.
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