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Glee, Lost Top Emmy Nominations

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The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced its nominations today, and there were the usual standards, the shocking surprises, and the snooty snubs. The big stories this year revolve around two comedy n00bs dominating the field, as Modern Family and Glee broke into the genre like the Kool-Aid Man, oh yeahhhhhh!

Both shows were nominated for Best Comedy, Outstanding Writing (both for their pilots), and had a slew of cast members nominated for acting achievements. Because the entire Modern Family cast opted to submit their names as supporting, those two fields were crowded with the show's actors, five in total. Glee landed four acting nominations.

On the drama side, Lost was adequately represented for its final season, tallying five nominations in the major categories—including Best Drama. Mad Men did its usual awards dance, netting eight nominations in the major categories.

Emmy voters made me proud this year with their long overdue recognition of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton as lead actor and actress for their work on Friday Night Lights. It only took four seasons.

Also of note is the ill-timed nomination for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Jay Leno's name is mysteriously absent from the nominees list.

Here's who gets to go to the big TV party later this summer:

Best Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
The Good Wife
True Blood

Best Comedy Series:

Modern Family
The Office
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie

Best Actor, Drama

Matthew Fox, Lost
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Actress, Drama

Glenn Close, Damages
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
January Jones, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor, Comedy:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Matthew Morrison, Glee

Best Actress, Comedy:

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Best Supporting Actor, Drama

Michael Emerson, Lost
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men
Martin Short, Damages
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

Best Supporting Actress, Drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Rose Byrne, Damages
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy:

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Chris Colfer, Glee
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy:

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Outstanding Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Undercover Boss

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

Outstanding Miniseries

The Pacific
Return to Canford

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien

Outstanding Nonfiction Series

American Experience
American Masters
Deadliest Catch
The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Outstanding Animated Program

Alien Earths
Disney Prep & Landing
The Ricky Gervais Show
The Simpsons
South Park

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Glee, "Pilot"
Modern Family, "Pilot"
The Office, "Niagara"
30 Rock, "Anna Howard Shaw Day"
30 Rock, "Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter"

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Friday Night Lights, "The Son"
The Good Wife, "Pilot"
Lost, "The End"
Mad Men, "Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency"
Mad Men, "Shut the Door. Have a Seat"

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