July 16th, 2009
10:37 AM ET

It's an Honor to be Nominated...

Chandra Wilson from ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Jim Parsons from CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" announced the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning in Los Angeles.  Stars are reacting to the honor of being nominated. We'll post their statements in this blog throughout the day.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominee

"I'm thrilled for everyone connected to the show, but I'm especially excited for Jane, Jack and Tracy. It's great working with the entire group and I'm grateful for the recognition of our work."
-Alec Baldwin NBC's 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominees

“This year’s nomination means more to me than ever before. I’m incredibly happy and honored.  Certainly it’s  bittersweet- we no longer get to do the show that we love so much, but that doesn’t take away from the excitement and honor of this nomination. This is a wonderful  recognition of what we created together every week.”–Christina Applegate ABC's “Samantha, Who?”

"I am thrilled to be nominated amongst this talented group of actors and especially happy for my friend Christina that she is being recognized for her great work.  I feel proud to be a part of this show and to work with an incredible group of creative minds who take chances and are being acknowledged for this today." – Mary-Louise Parker, Showtime's Weeds

"I am thrilled and honored to represent United States of Tara in this way! I really hope this helps to widen the audience for our show!" – Toni Colette, Showtime's United Sates of Tara

 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominee

"The writers have created an amazing character in Jenna which I just love to play.  I'm so honored to be part of this ensemble, this is my first Emmy nomination, I'm so excited!  I am blown away by the number of nominations the show has received and thrilled for everyone."  – Jane Krakowski, NBC's "30 Rock"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominee & Emmy Host

"I love being in the mix again this year, but am absolutely over the moon about HIMYM's Best Comedy Series nomination.  The only multi-camera show in the mix!  This kind of recognition is huge for us.  Just huge.  It should be quite the night.  Being asked to host the show – terrific.  Getting a third nomination – fantastic.  Having the ability to scribble my name in the envelope backstage when no one is looking – priceless."    – Neil Patrick Harris, CBS "How I Met Your Mother"

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominee

"It is an honor to be recognized by my peers and be a part of "30 Rock's" 22 nominations. I thank everyone from Tina to Lorne to everyone in craft services." – Tracy Morgan NBC's 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominee

“I’m thrilled.  I’m part of a phenomenal team and am so, so happy for all our nominees.” –Glenn Close, FX's "Damages"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominee

"I'm hugely grateful to be nominated, and ridiculously proud to stand in the company of these incredible artists."- Mariska Hargitay NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Outstanding Comedy Series Nominee: Family Guy

We’re thrilled to see Family Guy and American Dad recognized by the Academy. And the idea that Family Guy can transcend animation and be honored as one of the best comedies on television is truly rewarding. We have a great team of people that work incredibly hard on both shows. I’m really proud of them.– Seth Macfarlane, Voice of Peter Griffin

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Nominee

 “What a happy surprise!”–Carol Burnett NBC's Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Nominee

I was overjoyed with my nomination, for what was it, 30 Rock?? Because if I get lucky, it will give me yet again another opportunity to express my deepest feelings about “show business.” Feelings that have been bottled up for 365 days.   – Elaine Stritch   NBC's 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Nominee

"Here I am associated again with one of the best best shows ever on television. I couldn't be luckier - or happier."
– Alan Alda NBC's 30 Rock

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominee

"We are all thrilled and honored to receive any kind of recognition and this, of course, is beyond our wildest expectations. There are a lot of motivations that keep us writing late into the night. One of them is our fear of Jack McBrayer's violent outbursts. Another is the gratification that comes from being recognized by our peers. " - Robert Carlock NBC's 30 Rock

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  1. TJR

    After seeing Alec Baldwin on Broadway and his guest stint on Friends, there's no doubt in my mind that the guy has a talent for comedy. But still, I just cannot get into 30 Rock. The show gets so much attention and I have tried several times to watch it, but I just don't think it's funny. I don't watch Saturday Night Live so I also don't see what is so special about Tina Fey.

    It's interesting to me that Family Guy will get compared to "The Flinstones" as the latter is such a clean, family-oriented show and the former is not. In general, I'm tired of raunchy humor. I yearn for the years of The Cosby Show, Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond. Except for Flight of the Conchords, I don't like one single of the Best Comedy nominees.

    I'm also tired of Michael Emerson on Lost. I find his performances to be pretty unintentionally laughable. I'm just fed up with Lost in general. I don't agree with it's nomination.

    July 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Johnnieg

    How do you pass up Two and a Half Men for best comedy , along with Jon Cryer .Alex Baldwin is should stick to his movies .Who thinks he is funny?
    Tell me why 24 and NCIS were not nominated .
    Don't ratings mean anything?. Ratings :Shows people watch .
    What idiots choose lowly 30 Rock over Two and A Half Men?
    Two and A Half Men, is always funny .
    NCIS "RERUNS "are number 2 in the ratings.Also on fire on cable .
    Mark Harmon always gets screwed .
    Emmy : A JOKE!

    July 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |

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