Emmy noms: Just the facts

An in-depth look at trivia from this year's Emmy picks

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Two series broke all-time records for most nominations Thursday: "30 Rock," which landed 22 noms in the best comedy series, and "Saturday Night Live," which earned 13, the most ever for a variety series.

Besides Tina Fey -- who used the late-night show as an inspiration for her series "30 Rock" and made some memorable guest appearances on "SNL" as Sarah Palin last season -- the shows have something else in common: executive producer Lorne Michaels, who has amassed 106 Emmy noms in his 30-year-plus career at NBC.

"I am honored and thrilled that both "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" have been recognized with multiple Emmy nominations," Michaels said.

Michaels' boss at NBC, co-chairman Ben Silverman, himself an Emmy nominee as an exec producer on "The Office," was far more effusive. "He gave us 'SNL," '30 Rock,' '(Late Night With) Jimmy Fallon,' and now he is giving us 'Weekend Update' on Thursdays. It's great to continue to bet on his amazing eye."

Smoking hot

Can Fey and Jon Hamm be any hotter right now? In addition to their lead actor/actress nominations on "30 Rock" and "Mad Men," respectively, they also landed guest-starring noms: Hamm for playing Fey's love interest on "30 Rock" and Fey for her portrayal of Palin on "SNL."

Familiar faces

In her first TV stint since her Emmy-winning turn on "Friends," Jennifer Aniston is nominated for her guest appearance on "30 Rock." Also back with a guest-starring nom for FX's "Rescue Me" is another beloved Emmy winner, Michael J. Fox.

"30 Rock," in fact, is becoming the new "Practice," a show known for its high yield of guest-starring noms and wins. "30 Rock" landed five guest noms this year (for Aniston, Hamm, Steve Martin, Alan Alda and previous winner Elaine Stritch). One high-profile guest star on the show who didn't make the list? Oprah Winfrey.

Meanwhile, with noms for Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock" joins an exclusive group of series who have had their entire primary casts nominated in the same year, alongside "Will & Grace," "Seinfeld" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Golden oldies

Betty White landed her 15th career Emmy nom for her guest stint on "My Name Is Earl." Two other veterans, Edward Asner and Alda, could get closer to Carl Reiner's all-time record for Emmy wins by a male performer at nine. Asner is now second with seven, and Alda has six. They will move closer if their respective guest-starring noms for "CSI: NY" and "30 Rock" materialize.

Channeling Lucci

Give them an Emmy already! Hugh Laurie, Steve Carell, Charlie Sheen and Kyra Sedgwick are all on their fourth Emmy nominations for playing some of the most recognizable characters on television, yet none has won.

Redemption

If the TV academy taketh something away, it giveth something in return.

Amy Poehler didn't get recognized for her new series "Parks & Recreation," but she landed a nom for her final months on "SNL." Kiefer Sutherland didn't get a mention for "24" but landed a nom in the actor in a movie/miniseries category for the two-hour "24: Redemption." And it was fun seeing Jack Bauer as a nominated character in the category alongside King Lear (Ian McKellen), Winston Churchill (Brendan Gleeson) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Kevin Kline).

Team players

The hosts of late-night talk shows will not get a chance for solo recognition now that the academy has eliminated the individual performance in a variety/music/comedy program category. The comedy talk-show hosts became eligible in 1997 and have landed multiple noms -- most notably Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and David Letterman -- but they've never won, losing to musicians (Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand, Sting, Bette Midler); to the stars of stand-up specials (Don Rickles, Stritch, Eddie Izzard, John Leguizamo); or to award-show hosts (Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal). From now on, hosts will only win in the best VMC series category as part of the shows' teams.

Over and out

It's hard to say goodbye. Even through one of its favorite series, David E. Kelley's "Boston Legal," bowed out in the fall, the academy bestowed two farewell noms on the show: one for previous winner William Shatner and one for Christian Clemenson.

Power couples

Kevin Bacon landed his first Emmy nomination for his portrayal of a military escort officer in HBO's Iraq-themed film "Taking Chance," while his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, nabbed her fourth straight nomination for her lead role on TNT's hit cop drama "The Closer." Meanwhile, Fey shares the best series nomination for "30 Rock" with husband, Jeff Richmond, who serves as a producer on the show.
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