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Emmys 2009: 30 Rock and Mad Men lead nominations

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Story by Jack Foley

COMEDY 30 Rock and ’60s period drama Mad Men lead the nominations for the 2009 Emmys.

NBC’s 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, was the overall winner with 22 nominations in total, but Mad Men wasn’t far behind with 16. The former is up for best TV comedy and best actress for Fey, while the latter is in the running for best drama. Both shows won the equivalent Emmys in those categories last year.

British actor Hugh Laurie is up for best actor in a drama, for House, while BBC period dramas Little Dorrit and The Tudors received 11 and five nods respectively to keep the British hopes high.

Britons Sir Tom Courtenay and Andy Serkis, who starred together in Little Dorrit, will compete in the best supporting actor in a mini-series or movie category.

In the main awards, Mad Men will compete for best drama with Damages, Breaking Bad, Dexter, House and Lost.

30 Rock, meanwhile, competes for best comedy with Entourage, The Office, Weeds How I Met Your Mother.

In the main acting categories, Bryan Cranston will look to repeat his surprise win last year for his role as a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer in Breaking Bad – although he faces stiff competition from Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Brit actor Laurie, Michael C. Hall for Dexter and Gabriel Byrne for In Treatment.

Glenn Close, meanwhile, is in the running for best actress in a drama for the second season of Damages, alongside Kyra Sedgwick (for The Closer), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).

Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, who announced the awards together at a ceremony on Thursday (July 16), were also both featured on the list.

Commenting on his own nomination, for best actor in a comedy series, Parsons said: “No. This is some sort of trick fest.”

While Wilson, who picked up two nominations for best actress in a mini-series or movie (Accidental Friendship) and supporting actress (Grey’s Anatomy) declared: “I’m going to the party!”

The awards will take place on September 20 in Los Angeles.

View the main nominees