Bright and early Thursday morning (July 8), "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and "The Soup" and "Community" star Joel McHale joined forces to announce the nominees in the major categories of the Primetime Emmy Awards, which are set to air on NBC August 29, host by Jimmy Fallon.
The contenders in the Outstanding Comedy Series category include "Curb Your Enthusiasm," fan favorite "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock." Lead actors and actresses nominated for their work in comedy series include Amy Poehler, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jim Parsons, Larry David, Tony Shalhoub, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie Falco, Toni Collette, and Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison from "Glee." Vergara herself was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
These days, no awards show is complete without giving some love to vampires, so this time around "True Blood" earned an Outstanding Drama Series nomination. It faces off against "Breaking Bad," "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men," as well as the equally loved and sometimes perplexing "Lost."
None of the lead actors or actresses from "True Blood" were nominated, but Matthew Fox received a lead actor nomination for "Lost" and Jon Hamm and January Jones of "Mad Men" got lead actor and actress nominations. Other nominees for Outstanding Leads in drama series include Brian Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Kyra Sedgwick, Glenn Close, Connie Britton, Julianna Margulies and Mariska Hargitay.
"American Idol" will face off against "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway," "Top Chef" and "The Amazing Race" for Outstanding Reality — Competition Program.
In an interesting turn of events, Conan O'Brien's now-defunct version of "The Tonight Show" garnered an Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series nomination. O'Brien will face off against "The Colbert Report," "Saturday Night Live," The Daily Show" and '"Real Time With Bill Maher."
For a complete list of Emmy nominees, visit Emmys.com.