Returning Emmy contenders

Nominees from 2008 eligible in 2009

COMEDY
Series 30 Rock Entourage The Office Two and a Half Men    
Lead actor Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies Tony Shalhoub, Monk Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men  
Lead actress Christina Applegate, Samantha Who America Ferrera, Ugly Betty Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds  
Supporting actor Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men Kevin Dillon, Entourage Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Jeremy Piven, Entourage Rainn Wilson, The Office  
Supporting actress Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies Amy Poehler,* Saturday Night Live Jean Smart, Samantha Who? Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty  
Directing Daniel Attias, Entourage James Bobin, Flight of the Conchords Michael Engler,* 30 Rock Paul Feig, The Office Paul Lieberstein, The Office  
Writing James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords Jack Burditt, 30 Rock Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupinsky, The Office Tina Fey, 30 Rock Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies  
 
DRAMA
Series Boston Legal Damages Dexter House Lost Mad Men
Lead actor Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Michael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House James Spader, Boston Legal
Lead actress Glenn Close, Damages Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer Holly Hunter, Saving Grace  
Supporting actor Michael Emerson, Lost Zeljko Ivanek,* Damages William Shatner, Boston Legal John Slattery, Mad Men    
Supporting actress Candice Bergen, Boston Legal Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy Dianne Wiest, In Treatment Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy  
Directing Allen Coulter,* Damages Arlene Sanford,* Boston Legal Alan Taylor, Mad Men Greg Yaitanes, House    
Writing Michael Angeli, Battlestar Galactica Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Damages Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men Matthew Weiner, Mad Men    
 
UNSCRIPTED  
Nonfiction series American Masters (tie), Biography, Deadliest Catch, Inside the Actors Studio
Reality program Antiques Roadshow, Dirty Jobs, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Intervention
Reality-competition program The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef
(2008 Emmy winner in bold) *Eligible in 2009 with different programs

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