At 5:40 a.m. this morning, Thursday July 14, the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees were announced at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, CA. In the theater, buzzing with anticipation, flashing cameras, fingernails clicking on laptop keyboards and whispering voices, hosts Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson delivered the news.
Outstanding Drama series nominees were "Dexter", "Friday Night Lights", "Game of Thrones", "The Good Wife", "Mad Men", and not surprisingly, "Boardwalk Empire".
The list of Emmy-nominated actresses in a Drama series very closely followed experts' predictions. Kathy Bates ("Harry's Law"), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights)", Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), and yes, Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife". The male counterpart of the same category included Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire", Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House") and Timothy Olyphant ("Justified").
In the world of Reality-Competition Programs, the series that took home an Emmy nod this morning were "The Amazing Race", "Dancing With the Stars", "Project Runway", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Top Chef" and "American Idol".
The hilarious ladies who are up for an Emmy Award on September 18 for their work as Lead Actresses in a comedy series were Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), and the hostess herself; Melissa McCarthy for "Mike and Molly". (Upon this announcement, McCarthy understandably had to take a moment to catch her breath...! Congrats Melissa!)
This year's nominees for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series are Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), and Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, both of "The Big Bang Theory". (A small cheer escaped this reviewer's lips at this announcement...!)
And finally, this year's Outstanding Comedy Series will be decided between "The Big Bang Theory" (yes, another woo-hoo from this end) "Glee", "Modern Family", "The Office", "Parks And Recreation", and yes, "30 Rock".
The entire event was completed in less than ten minutes, followed by various television show hosts taking their place in front of the cameras to bring the brand new information to the masses. Stay tuned for the Big Night everyone, September 18 on Fox, hosted by Jane Lynch.
Learn more about the Primetime Emmy nominations. The award show airs September 18th on FOX.