Cable again dominated the nominations for the 61st annual primetime Emmys Awards, led by Home Box Office's 99 nods.
New Emmy rules allowing more than five nominations in the category provided opportunities for shows such as HBO's Flight of The Conchords to gain its first Emmy nominations in the best comedy and best actor in a comedy series for Jemaine Clement. The nominations were revealed during and early morning Emmy press conference Thursday in Hollywood.
AMC's Mad Men, whic last year became the first basic-cable show to win the best drama series Emmy -- and Breaking Bad will compete against each other in the category, along with other cable entries Big Love (HBO), Damages (FX) and Dexter (Showtime). Fox's House and ABC's Lost are also in contention here.
Flight Of The Conchords will compete with sister series Entourage for best comedy series along with Showtime's Weeds.
Damages' Glenn Close will look to make it two female lead drama series awards in a row as she competes against fellow cable leads Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's The Closer), Holly Hunter (TNT's Saving Grace) and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men).
Bryan Cranston will also defend his lead drama actor award this year against Michael C Hall (Dexter), Gabriel Byrne (HBO's In Treatment) and Mad Men's leading man Jon Hamm.
HBO's made for TV movie Grey Gardens drew 17 nominations -- including best actress in a miniseries or TV movie nominations for stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange -- second only to the 22 nods for NBC's 30 Rock. AMC's Mad Men drew 16 nominations, according to the Academy.
Cable swept the made for television movie category, taking all five slots for HBO's Grey Gardens, Taking Chance and Into The Storm, as well as Lifetime telepics Prayers For Bobby and Coco Chanel.
Partial list of Emmy Award Nominations:
Big Love (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Mad Men (AMC)
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order SVU (NBC)
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (HBO)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
Family Guy (Fox)
Flight Of The Conchords (HBO)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)
ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA)
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory (CBS)
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?(ABC)
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)