Television

'Damages' Makes Emmy History

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"Mad Men" and "Damages" made Emmy history as the first basic cable shows with Best Series nods, while TV faves "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" were nearly shut out!

The clear winner -- HBO's historical drama "John Adams," had a whopping 23 nods -- including one for actor Paul Giamatti.

Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth announced Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey's comedy gem "30 Rock" came in second with 17 nominations, with Alec and Tina both scoring acting nods.

Joining Alec in the comedy categories are Steve Carell, Lee Pace, Tony Shaloub and Charlie Sheen. The comedy gals include Christina Applegate, America Ferrera, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker.

"I am flattered and honored to be nominated," Charlie told "Extra." "Ugly Betty" beauty America Ferrera was just as excited, telling us, "I was in my apartment on the couch watching the announcements. It's amazing... it's the extra cherry on top!"

Fan favorites "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" didn't fare well -- the shows were short on nominations, with the only major nods going to Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.

Click here for the full list of nominees.

Click on an image to view the 2008 EMMY NOMINEES photo gallery!

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