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Emmy to Honor Reality Show Hosts for First Time

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The TV Academy got a birthday cake for its 60th birthday Thursday morning – while American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Dancing With the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, as well as Deal or No Deal‘s Howie Mandel and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, all got nominations in the first-time ever category of top host for a reality-competition show.

While Deal or No Deal and Survivor both failed to earn nods as best reality-competition show, all the other programs did, along with Top Chef and Amazing Race.

In drama, as expected, it was a Mad world, with AMC’s critical hit Mad Men making a strong showing – it nabbed 16 nominations (highest of any drama series), including those as best drama series and for its leading actor, Jon Hamm.

His fellow nominees are Gabriel Byrne, for In Treatment; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Hugh Laurie, House; and James Spader, Boston Legal.

Lead actresses in drama series nominees are Glenn Close, Damages; Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters; Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU; Holly Hunter, Saving Grace; and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer. (Missing from the list were projected nominees Patricia Arquette, for Medium, and Minnie Driver, for The Riches.)

The most nominations, 23, went to HBO’s historical miniseries, John Adams, which starred Paul Giamatti, also nominated as lead actor in the category.

30 Rock was the frontrunner in the comedy category, with 17 nominations, including those for best series (an honor it took last year), for leading actor, Alec Baldwin, and for actress (and the show’s creator), Tina Fey.

Other comedy series nominees are perennial bridesmaids, including Curb Your Enthusiasm; Entourage; The Office; and Two and a Half Men.

Besides Baldwin, comedy series lead actor nominees are The Office‘s Steve Carell; Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace; Monk‘s three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub; and Two and a Half Men‘s Charlie Sheen.

Besides Fey, comedy series actresses in the running are Samantha Who?‘s Christina Applegate; Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera; New Adventures of Old Christine‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus; and Weeds‘ Mary-Louise Parker.

Pushing Daisies supporting actress (and nominee) Kristin Chenoweth, who announced this year’s nominations with another sitcom supporting actor nominee, How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris, also revealed that she once dated the “cute” Jeff Probst, but it didn’t work out, because he’s about to marry someone else.

The 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC Sunday, Sept. 21 from Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre.

The complete list of nominees is here.