TODAY | July 08, 2010
VIEIRA: All right. Jessica Shaw , break it down for us. What was the biggest surprise for you?
Ms. SHAW: Well, it was nice to see some new shows get in there. Of course, we had "The Good Wife," which was new.
Ms. SHAW: And "Glee" and "Modern Family."
CURRY: Had at least three nominations by my count.
Ms. SHAW: Yeah. And those were great, those were ones that we expected. " True Blood ," that was kind of a shocker, that was a dark horse for Best Drama , and I'm certainly thrilled about that, I love that show. A little surprising that Conan O'Brien 's " Tonight Show " got nominated whereas Jay Leno 's didn't. They were both up for...
VIEIRA: In that same category, right.
Ms. SHAW: In the same category. Conan submitted himself and NBC submitted Leno , so...
CURRY: Why do you say surprising, do you think that there may have been something else besides the quality of the shows as being part of the nomination process?
Ms. SHAW: Oh, not -- you know, I just -- I just think it's just interesting.
CURRY: It certainly is.
Ms. SHAW: It's always awkward when the same show is nominated two times, you know, so.
CURRY: Right. Exactly.
VIEIRA: On our end, obviously, " The Office " and " 30 Rock " did very well in these nominations.
Ms. SHAW: Yeah. And another surprise, Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler from " Friday Night Lights "...
VIEIRA: " Friday Night Lights ."
Ms. SHAW: ...both got nominated , the show didn't. But here's a show that was on NBC and then it got pulled off, maybe didn't do so well in the ratings and it was on DirecTV and now is running on NBC , so.
CURRY: Meantime, there's a real clash of the titans in two categories, you've got Amy Poehler against Tina Fey in one category.
Ms. SHAW: Yes.
CURRY: You've got Steve Carell against Alec Baldwin in another category
Ms. SHAW: Absolutely.
CURRY: So that's going to be fun to watch.
Ms. SHAW: And I 'm also thrilled that "Lost," which hasn't been nominated since its first year on the air, got nominated . It's a -- you know, had it -- had it been not nominated it would have been a huge snub. And Matthew Fox also never nominated for an Emmy and he finally got one, he was amazing.
VIEIRA: Yeah. How big a boost is this -- is this for the actors and the actresses and the shows themselves?
Ms. SHAW: Oh, it's huge. I mean, look -- a show like " Friday Night Lights " for example, you know, this is a show that could really, really benefit from these two nominations.