2010 Emmy Surprises & Snubs: Conan, & ‘Nurse Jackie’ In, Sheen Out

Many familiar TV favorites were nominated Thursday morning for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, but there were also some fresh faces in the mix while some very popular favorites were left out.

Find out the surprise nominations and who was snubbed!

Conan O’Brien might have been let go from “The Tonight Show,” after just 7 months behind the famed desk, but that didn’t stop CoCo from earning four nominations. Conan’s late night show was honored with a nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series and it also earned nods for Directing, Writing and Art Direction. Jay Leno (nominated five years ago in this category) and David Letterman (nominated last year) were left out of the race, where Conan’s version of “The Tonight Show” will compete against “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show,” “Real Time With Bill Maher” and “Saturday Night Live” for series honors. TBS – the home of Conan’s new show – pushed hard for CoCo to earn his nods.

Emmy darling Edie Falco – who has three Emmy statues on her mantle for her work on “The Sopranos,” woke up to a surprise on Thursday with a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Comedy Series for Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” which also earned a nod for Outstanding Comedy Series.

NBC’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” which has previously been ignored in years past, earned some Emmy love on Thursday morning with its two leads, Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor) and Connie Britton (Tami Taylor) earning acting nods in the drama categories. Unfortunately, Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen) – who received a major push for Emmy consideration from numerous media outlets and fansites, was left out.

Has Charlie Sheen’s personal life affected his Emmy appeal? After being nominated for four consecutive years, the “Two and a Half Men” star failed to get any Emmy love on Thursday. However, his co-star, Jon Cryer, was nominated in the comedy supporting actor category. He previously walked away with the trophy last year.

Newcomer “Modern Family” received a bounty of Emmy nominations on Thursday, but the family’s patriarch, Ed O’Neill, failed to earn a nomination. His co-stars — Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell were all nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. A rep for the series told Access Hollywood, that Ed did submit himself to supporting category because he felt that his ABC series was an ensemble show and he didn’t want to separate himself from his co-stars. “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen also earned nods in the comedy supporting actress category.

Other notable Emmy snubs include Courteney Cox for “Cougar Town,” Katey Sagal for “Sons of Anarchy,” “Survivor” for Reality Show Competition (although Jeff Probst was nominated for host.) The cast of HBO’s “True Blood” were also shut out of the acting categories (but the series did get nominated for Drama Series).

Who will walk away with an Emmy statue and who will end up saying, “It was honor to just be nominated!”? Find out live at 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, at 5 PM PT on August 29 on NBC.

Before the big show, Access Hollywood’s own Billy Bush and Maria Menounos – along with Nate Berkus, will host NBC’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Red Carpet Special, live at 4 PM PT from the Nokia Theater at LA Live.

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