TODAY   |  July 08, 2010

And the Emmy nominees are…

Actors Joel McHale and Sofia Vergara join John Shaffner, chairman and chief executive officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, to announce this year’s award nominees.

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MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host: The nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in just a moment. Here with a quick preview is Jessica Shaw , a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly . Jessica , good morning.

ANN CURRY, co-host: Good morning, Jessica .

Ms. JESSICA SHAW (Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly): Good morning.

VIEIRA: So many shows to pick through because there are all these cable opportunities that are out there now.

Ms. SHAW: That's right .

VIEIRA: In terms of best show, drama, comedy, what are you thinking?

Ms. SHAW: Well, I think we're going to see a lot of ones that we've seen before, we're going to see " Breaking Bad ," " Mad Men " on the drama side, "Damages" on the drama side. On the comedy side, "30 Rock."

VIEIRA: " 30 Rock " again?

Ms. SHAW: " 30 Rock " again. I mean, that's won three years in a row now. So, you know, there are some that we kind of know we're going to see. Who knows, " The Office " might get a nomination, "Parks and" -- I mean, we really -- you know, the comedy's a little more up in the air.

CURRY: But meantime, there are also some new suggestions, I mean "Glee" is out now...

Ms. SHAW: Yes.

CURRY: ..."Modern Family," talk about that.

VIEIRA: We're going to -- we're going to go right to the nominations.

Mr. JOHN SCHAFFNER: Primetime Emmy Awards nomination announcements. What a great year it has been in television. There is so much great television that it has, in fact, made the work of our membership even more difficult than ever to select the nominees. But joining me this morning to present the nominations are Sofia Vergara , who currently stars in the ABC series "Modern Family," and Joel McHale , who stars in the NBC series "Community." Sofia , Joel , thank you so much for being here at this very early hour here in North Hollywood . And congratulations on the success of both of your shows. I personally have had the pleasure of designing a pilot for Joel , so now can I say I've worked with Sofia ?


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Mr. JOEL McHALE: Thank you, John .

Ms. VERGARA: Good morning. Buenos dias, everyone.

Mr. McHALE: Sofia , please begin.

Ms. VERGARA: Well, thank you, Joel . The nominations in the comedy series category are " Curb Your Enthusiasm ," "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," " The Office " and "30 Rock."

Mr. McHALE: The nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series are Lea Michele , "Glee"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, " The New Adventures of Old Christine "; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"; Tina Fey, " 30 Rock "; and Toni Collette , " United States of Tara ."

Ms. VERGARA: For Lead Actor in a Comedy Series , the nominees are Jim Parsons , " The Big Bang Theory "; Larry David, " Curb Your Enthusiasm "; Matthew Morrison, "Glee"; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"; Steve Carell, " The Office "; and Alec Baldwin , "30 Rock."

Mr. McHALE: The Made-for- Television Movie nominations are " End Game : Masterpiece ," " Georgia_O'Keeffe ," " Moon Shot ," " The Special Relationship ," " Temple Grandin " and " You_Don 't_Know_Jack."

Ms. VERGARA: The nominees for the miniseries categories are " The Pacific " and "Return to Cranford " for Masterpiece.

Mr. McHALE: The nominees for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie are Maggie Smith , " Capturing Mary "; Joan Allen, " Georgia_O'Keeffe "; Dame Judi

Dench, "Return to Cranford: Masterpiece"; Hope Davis, " The Special Relationship "; and Claire Danes " Temple Grandin ."

Ms. VERGARA: The nominees for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie are Jeff Bridges , " A Dog Year "; Sir Ian McKellen , " The Prisoner "; Dennis Quaid, " The Special Relationship "; Michael Sheen, " The Special Relationship "; and Al Pacino , " You_Don 't_Know_Jack."

Mr. McHALE: Here are this year's nominees for Reality Competition Program . " The Amazing Race ," " American Idol ," " Dancing with the Stars ," " Project Runway " and " Top Chef ."

Ms. VERGARA: The nominees for Outstanding Variety , Music or Comedy Series are " The Colbert Report ," " The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ," " Real Time with Bill Maher ," " Saturday Night Live " and " The_Tonight_Show_with_Conan_O'Brien ."

Mr. McHALE: The lead nominees -- the nominees for Lead Actor in a Drama Series are Bryan Cranston , " Breaking Bad "; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"; Kyle Chandler, " Friday Night Lights "; Hugh Laurie, "House"; Matthew Fox, "Lost"; and Jon Hamm , " Mad Men ."

Ms. VERGARA: The nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series are Kyra Sedgwick , " The Closer "; Glenn Close, "Damages"; Connie Britton, " Friday Night Lights "; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Mariska ...

Mr. McHALE: Hargitay .

Ms. VERGARA: ..."Law Order: Special Victim Unit"; and January Jones , " Mad Men ."

Mr. McHALE: Well, Sofia , let's complete the Emmy announcements by bringing back the sexiest man in Hollywood , John Schaffner , to announce our final category.

Mr. SCHAFFNER: Wow, thank you. Hello again. The nominations in the Drama Series category are " Breaking Bad ," " Dexter ," "The Good Wife," "Lost," " Mad Men ," and " True Blood ." Sofia , Joel , thank you again for joining us this morning. Sofia , I have some good news for you, you've been nominated in the Supporting Actress category for your performance on "Modern Family."

Ms. VERGARA: Thank you!

Mr. SCHAFFNER: Joel , I'm really sorry, you did not get a nod this year, but I'm a big fan of your work and I just...

Mr. McHALE: That's all right, I phoned -- I phoned it in, so.

Mr. SCHAFFNER: ...I just know that an Emmy will be coming your way soon, maybe next year.

Mr. McHALE: Maybe Chloe.

Mr. SCHAFFNER: So we'll -- there's a complete list of all of the Emmy nominees on our Web site at Please be sure to join us on Sunday, August 29th , live from coast to coast, yes, at the same time for everyone, on NBC when we open the envelopes for all of our categories. Thank you all for joining us this morning. We'll see you at the Emmys .