The TNT mini-series Into the West led with 16 nominations, followed by 13 for the HBO movie Elizabeth I, 12 each for 24 and the HBO movie Mrs. Harris and 11 for Grey's Anatomy.
Will & Grace received 10, although it was not nominated for best comedy series and Eric McCormack didn't get a best actor nod. The show, which ended its eighth and final season in May, garnered nominations for lead actress Debra Messing, supporting players Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes and guest stars Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Leslie Jordan.
PBS's Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House also scored 10 nods.
Lost – last year's winner for best drama – didn't score a nomination in that category, and its only acting nod went to guest star Henry Ian Cusick (who played Desmond). Still, it racked up nine nominations. Though it finished its run, HBO's Six Feet Under is also up for nine Emmys.
Desperate Housewives, last year's top comedy series winner, was shut out of that category this year, and its regular cast members failed to receive any nominations. Still, it garnered seven nods, as did The Sopranos, Boston Legal and Two and a Half Men.
Up for best drama series: 24, Grey's Anatomy, House, The Sopranos and The West Wing.
Best comedy series nominees are Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs, Two and a Half Men and the critically praised (but canceled) Arrested Development.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who not only announced the nominations (along with Brad Garrett) but snagged one herself, as lead comedy actress in the series The New Adventures of Old Christine, told PEOPLE about finally breaking the Seinfeld curse, "I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I am insanely happy. My skin is tingling all over right now."
Other nominees were equally thrilled. Michael J. Fox, up for best guest actor for his turn on Boston Legal, tells PEOPLE, "It was just such a thrill to work with Boston Legal's talented cast, crew, producers, directors and writers. The nomination is a nice bonus and I am honored to have it."
“What a great way to start the day," says Charlie Sheen, up for best lead actor in a comedy for Two and a Half Men. "I'm extremely happy for all of the nominations our show received today. Everyone worked really hard to achieve this kind of recognition. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
NBC will air the Aug. 27 ceremony live from Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium. Conan O'Brien will host.
Nominees in the key categories are as follows:
Best drama series
"The West Wing"
Best comedy series
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Two and a Half Men"
Best actor in a drama
Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under")
Denis Leary ("Rescue Me")
Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
Martin Sheen ("The West Wing")
Kiefer Sutherland ("24")
Best actress in a drama
Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under")
Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
Allison Janney ("The West Wing")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Best actor in a comedy
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Kevin James ("The King of Queens")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")
Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")
Best actress in a comedy
Stockard Channing ("Out of Practice")
Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle")
Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback")
Debra Messing ("Will & Grace")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Best reality series
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing with the Stars"