Weighing in on the 2008 Emmy's including ''Pushing Daisies'' newcomer nod and the forgotten ''Friday Night Lights''

By Alynda Wheat
July 25, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s not TV, it’s…AMC? While Hollywood dished on who got lucky and who got snubbed, the basic-cable channel long known for Jaws marathons celebrated this year’s Emmy nominations as a coming-out party when its period drama Mad Men scored 16 nods. The folks over at FX were smiling too: They cracked the best-drama category for the first time with the legal thriller Damages. Says nominee Glenn Close: ”The Sopranos kind of broke ground and…started attracting major talent, writers, and actors to [cable].”

Of course, there was still plenty of love for the broadcast networks despite an off year. Boston Legal, House, Lost, The Office, 30 Rock, and Two and a Half Men scored series nods, while newcomers like Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace and Samantha Who?‘s Christina Applegate broke up the parade of familiar faces (hi again, Tony Shalhoub!) in the acting categories. ”Because of the writers’ strike, I thought we wouldn’t get any nominations,” says nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine). The work stoppage wasn’t a factor for HBO’s The Wire — it always gets snubbed anyway — or the women of Mad Men, who were inexplicably locked out. As long as we’re quibbling, the Emmys barely noticed NBC’s Friday Night Lights for the second year in a row. ”Of course there’s disappointment,” says Jason Katims, executive producer of the high school football drama. ”But we’re like the Panthers — we’ll just try that much harder this year.” — with additional reporting by Vanessa Juarez, Ari Karpel, and Dan Snierson

Leaders Of The Pack
Here, the five series that nabbed the most Emmy nods this year. (Yes, Dancing With the Stars is really on this list. Really.)

30 Rock: 17 noms

Mad Men: 16 noms

Pushing Daisies: 12 noms

The Office: 8 noms

Dancing With the Stars: 8 noms