Emmys: HBO Leads the Pack Despite True Blood Snub

There are two immediate observations about The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations: Fox’s Family Guy for Outstanding Comedy Series, the second time in the history of television an animated show was nominated in this category; and the absence of HBO’s highly touted True Blood for Outstanding Drama Series. 

Leader HBO should not, however, be shedding any tears with a total of 99 nominations—32 more than second-place NBC (at 67). The third most nominated network is ABC at 55, followed by CBS (49), Fox (42), Showtime (29), PBS (26), AMC (23), Comedy Central (13), Bravo and FX (11 each) and TNT (10).

NBC’s 30 Rock is the most nominated series, with a record 22 nods, including new entries Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan in the supporting categories. Also on the double-digit map is 17 nominations for HBO made-for television movie Grey Gardens; followed by 16 for AMC’s Mad Men; 13 for NBC’s veteran Saturday Night Live; and 11 for HBO miniseries Generation Kill. While many categories are populated with more than the five traditional occupants this year, Outstanding Miniseries has only two: HBO’s Little Dorritt and the aforementioned Generation Kill.  
 
There is an abundance of newcomers nominated this year, including Jemaine Clement (HBO’s The Flight of the Conchords), Toni Collette (Showtime’s The United States of Tara), Jim Parsons (CBS’ The Big Bang Theory) and Sarah Silverman (Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program) in comedy; and Simon Baker (CBS’ The Mentalist), William Hurt and Rose Byrne (FX’s Damages) and Aaron Paul (AMC’s Breaking Bad) in drama.

And there are, as always, a number of notable absences including the final season of FX’s The Shield, FX’s critically acclaimed Rescue Me and the aforementioned True Blood on HBO. Particularly surprising is CBS’ How I Met Your Mother making the grade for Outstanding Comedy Series.
 
In an interesting note of TV nostalgia, former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars Edward Asner and Betty White made the ballot in the guest-starring categories: Asner for CBS’ CSI: NY and White for NBC’s concluded My Name is Earl. The beloved Carol Burnett was also present, meanwhile, as Guest Actress is a Drama Series for NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
 

Here are the major nominations for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be telecast live on CBS on Sunday, September 20:
 
OUTSTANDING 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)
 
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Big Love (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Damages (Fox)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
 
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel)
Dog Whisperer (National Geographic Channel)
Intervention (A&E)
Kathy Griffin: The Life on the D-List (Bravo)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
 
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Idol (Fox)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Bravo)
Top Chef (Bravo)
 
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
 
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES
Generation Kill (HBO)
Little Dorritt (HBO)
 
OUTSTANDING MADE-FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
Coco Chanel (Lifetime)
Grey Gardens (HBO)
Into the Storm (HBO)
Prayers For Bobby (Lifetime)
Taking Chance (HBO)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)
Jemaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords, HBO)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk, HBO)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?, ABC)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara, Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Mary-Louis Parker (Weeds, Showtime)
Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program, Comedy Central)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker (The Mentalist, CBS)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, HBO)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close (Damages, FX)
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters, ABC)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace, TNT)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, AMC)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chances, HBO)
Kenneth Branagh (Wallander: One Step Behind, PBS)
Kevin Kline (Cyrano de Bergerac, Great Performances, PBS)
Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm, HBO)
Sir Ian McKellan (King Lear, Great Performances, PBS)
Kiefer Sutherland (24, Fox)
 
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens, HBO)
Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens, HBO)
Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel, Lifetime)
Chandra Wilson (Accidental Friendship, Hallmark Channel)
Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby, Lifetime)
 
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars, ABC)
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race, CBS)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway, Bravo)
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchi (Top Chef, Bravo)
Jeff Probst (Survivor, CBS)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol, Fox)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, CBS)
Kevin Dillon (Entourage, HBO)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, HBO)
Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, HBO)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage, HBO)
Rainn Wilson (The Office, HBO)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, ABC)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, NBC)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds, HBO)
Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, NBC)
Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live, NBC)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, ABC)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal, ABC)
Michael Emerson (Lost, ABC)
William Hurt (Damages, FX)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, AMC)
William Shatner (Boston Legal, ABC)
John Slattery (Mad Men, AMC)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne (Damages, FX)
Hope Davis (In Treatment, HBO)
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters, HBO)
Cherry Jones (24, Fox)
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment, HBO)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Len Cariou (Into the Storm, HBO)
Tom Courteney (Little Dorrit, PBS)
Ken Howard (Grey Gardens, HBO)
Bob Newhart (The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, TNT)
Andy Serkis (Little Dorritt, PBS)
 
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Marcia Gay Harden (The Courageous Heart of Irene 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)
 
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Alda (30 Rock, NBC)
Beau Bridges (Desperate Housewives, ABC)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Martin (30 Rock, NBC)
Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live, NBC)
 
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner (CSI: NY, CBS)
Ernest Borgnine (ER, NBC)
Ted Danson (Damages, FX)
Michael J. Fox (Rescue Me, FX)
Jimmy Smits (Dexter, Showtime)
 
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston (30 Rock, NBC)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory, CBS)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, NBC)
Gena Rowlands (Monk, USA)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock, NBC)
Betty White (My Name is Earl, NBC)
 
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brenda Blethyn (Law & Order; SVU, NBC)
Carol Burnett (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
Ellen Burstyn (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
Sharon Lawrence (Grey’s Anatomy, ABC)
CCH Pounder (The No. Ladies’ Detective Agency, HBO)