July 16, 2009 / 12:52 PM / 9 years ago

"30 Rock" and "Mad Men" lead Emmy field

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Tina Fey comedy “30 Rock” and 1960s period drama “Mad Men” led the Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday for U.S. television’s highest honors.

The cast of "Mad Men" in an undated photo courtesy of AMC. REUTERS/Handout

NBC’s “30 Rock” had a leading 22 nominations, including best TV comedy and best actress for Fey, and “Mad Men” on cable channel AMC had 16 nominations, including best drama.

“Mad Men,” which won the best drama Emmy last year, will compete against controversial HBO polygamy series “Big Love,” legal program “Damages” on FX, “Breaking Bad” on AMC, serial killer drama “Dexter” from Showtime, the Fox medical series “House” and ABC’s “Lost.”

Actress Chandra Wilson and actor Jim Parsons announce the nominees for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Along with “30 Rock,” comedy series nominations included HBO’s “Entourage,” animated series “Family Guy” on Fox, “Flight of the Conchords” on HBO, NBC’s “The Office, Showtime’s “Weeds” and “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS.

The 61st Primetime Emmys will be handed out in Los Angeles on September 20 in a live broadcast ceremony.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Bill Trott

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