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Announcing the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees!

This morning Chandra Wilson and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons rather adorably announced the major category nominees for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards. It's a curious batch this year, with many of the categories containing more nominees than usual.

The 30 Rock appreciation continues, and has even increased, with a 30 Rock nomination in each of the comedy acting fields (and two in the Supporting Actor category — go Jack McBrayer!). There's still more love for Boston Legal and none for Friday Night Lights, which is disappointing but not surprising, and True Blood is nowhere to be found in the major categories.

For the first time in a long time, Jeremy Piven is not nominated for his work on Entourage, though Pushing Daisies is still getting a bit of attention with a nomination for Kristen Chenoweth. Kathy Griffin hopefully won't have quite so much to gripe about during the next season of My Life on the D-List, as she picked up not one but two nominations.

And as I'd hoped, there is some appreciation for an actress on Mad Men — but it's not January Jones. To see a list of nominees, read more.

To see the entire list of all the categories, click here.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Entourage
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
30 Rock
Weeds

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad
Damages
Dexter
House M.D.
Lost
Mad Men
Big Love

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Cline, Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellan, King Lear
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Show
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers For Bobby

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Steve Martin, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Alan Alda, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges, Desperate Housewives
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, CSI: NY
Ted Danson, Damages
Jimmy Smits, Dexter
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Gena Rowlands, Monk
Betty White, My Name Is Earl
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sharon Lawrence, Grey's Anatomy
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Brenda Blethyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Carol Burnett, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
CCH Pounder, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
81st Annual Academy Awards ("Musicals Are Back")
Dancing With the Stars ("Jive/Great Balls of Fire")
So You Think You Can Dance (Bleeding Love)
So You Think You Can Dance (Mercy)
So You Think You Can Dance (Adam and Eve/Silence)
So You Think You Can Dance (A Los Amigos)

OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES
Generation Kill
Little Dorrit

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
Coco Chanel
Grey Gardens
Into the Storm
Prayers For Bobby
Taking Chance

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger — London, New York, Johannesburg
Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch
Ricky Gervais: Out of England — The Stand-Up Special
The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America — A Final Night With George W. Bush

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan
Intervention
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
MythBusters

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock
Californication
The Office
United States of Tara
Weeds

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Damages
Friday Night Lights
Mad Men
The Tudors
True Blood

OUTSTANDING CASTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
Generation Kill
Grey Gardens
House of Saddam
Into the Storm
Little Dorrit

OUTSTANDING COMMERCIAL
Airport Lounge (Amex / Platinum Card)
Alec in Huluwood (Hulu)
Bottled Courage (Nike)
Circus (Anheuser-Busch Budweiser)
Heist (Coca-Cola)
Magazine Buyer (Anheuser-Busch Bud Light)
Tips (Career Builder)
Wedding (Sprint Nextel)

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
Mad Men
Pushing Daisies
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The Tudors
Ugly Betty

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL
Grey Gardens
House of Saddam
Into the Storm
Little Dorrit
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock (Millicent Shelton)
30 Rock (Beth McCarthy)
30 Rock (Todd Holland)
Entourage (Julian Farino)
Flight of the Conchords (James Bobin)
The Office (Jeff Blitz)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Battlestar Galactica (Michael Rymer)
Boston Legal (Bill D'Elia)
Damages (Todd A. Kessler)
ER (Rod Holcomb)
Mad Men (Phil Abraham)

OUTSTANDING NONFICTION SERIES
American Experience
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Biography
Deadliest Catch
This American Life

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
81st Annual Academy Awards, "Hugh Jackman Opening Number"
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, "Much Worse Things"
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus"
Flight of the Conchords, "Carol Brown"
Saturday Night Live, "Motherlover"
The 2008 ESPYS, "I Love Sports"

OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE DESIGN
Lie To Me
Storymakers
Taking Chance
True Blood
United States of Tara

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
Great Performances
Sons of Anarchy
Storymakers
The Mole
United States of Tara

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS FOR A SERIES
Battlestar Galactica
Fringe
Ghost Whisperer
Heroes
Sanctuary

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE, OR A SPECIAL
Generation Kill
Into the Storm

OUTSTANDING STUNT COORDINATION
24
Burn Notice
Chuck
Criminal Minds
My Name Is Earl

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock ("Reunion," Matt Hubbard)
30 Rock ("Apollo, Apollo," Robert Carlock)
30 Rock ("Mamma Mia," Ron Weiner)
30 Rock (Kidney Now!," Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock)
Flight of the Conchords ("Prime Minister," James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Lost ("The Incident," Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof)
Mad Men ("A Night To Remember," Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner)
Mad Men ("Six Month Leave," Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Matthew Weiner)
Mad Men ("The Jet Set," Matthew Weiner)
Mad Men ("Meditations In An Emergency," Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner)

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Conan O’Brien
Late Show With David Letterman
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE, OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Generation Kill (David Simon)
Grey Gardens (Michael Sucsy, Patricia Rozema)
Into the Storm (Hugh Whitemore)
Little Dorrit (Andrew Davies)
Taking Chance (LtCol Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.), Ross Katz)

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