The 2008 Emmy Awards Hosts by Bob D' Amico/ABC The 2008 Emmy Awards Hosts by Bob D' Amico/ABC

Television's biggest day is almost upon us. The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday at 8pm/ET, and while you were finalizing your predictions, we were scratching our heads to come up with awesome Emmy tidbits that will blow your mind or at least pique your interest. Here are some things you should know about this year's show, along with some things to impress your friends with come Sunday night. - Joyce Eng

0 NBC received zero nominations in drama series this year, despite the fact that the shortlist includes six shows. It's the first time the Peacock has missed out on a Outstanding Drama Series nod - ever.

1 Who will be the first winner of reality show host? Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest will duke it out.

1 2008 marks the first time basic cable shows were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages share the honor.

1 Only one of this year's five comedy actor nominees has won an Emmy, Monk's Tony Shalhoub. And not only that, he's won three of them. Will there be a first-time champ?

1 Only one episode of a drama is nominated this year for both writing and directing - Mad Men's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."

1 - Tina Fey is Saturday Night Live's first host to be nominated in Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Special.

2 The always-neglected CW (the former WB and UPN) earned a measly two nods - in the same category. Smallville took the prize for sound editing at the Creative Arts ceremony, held earlier this month.

2 Pushing Daisies' pun-tastic "Pie-lette" and 30 Rock's "Rosemary's Baby" are the two episodes nominated in both the writing and directing comedy categories.

3 Tina Fey is going for a hat trick. With a comedy actress win for 30 Rock, she could sweep the three big awards, the Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy, in a single season. America Ferrera accomplished the feat last year.

3 Jeremy Piven is going for another hat trick - he's looking to three-peat in comedy supporting actor.

4 Of the five very serious dames up for dramatic actress, four are previous Emmy winners. Only Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer's Brenda Leigh Johnson, has not won.

5 Of the six very serious dudes up for dramatic actor, five have never won an Emmy. Emmy-fave James Spader has three statuettes on the mantle.

5 Want an Amazing stat? The Amazing Race has won five consecutive Reality-Competition Program Emmys - and is the category's only winner. Can it make it six?

5 Also amazing: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is the five-time defending champion in Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

5 Candice Bergen won five Emmys for Murphy Brown before withdrawing her name from consideration. She can score a sixth this year if she wins supporting drama actress for Boston Legal.

5 One is a lonely number, so why not have five hosts? Reality host nominees Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest will emcee the ceremony. Let's hope they do a better job than Ryan did solo last year.

7 Edited down, Sandra Oh has seven minutes of screen time in her tape submission for best supporting actress in a drama. Rival Dianne Wiest has half-an-hour of face time. But it's about quality, not quantity right?

7 Will it be lucky number seven for Alec Baldwin? He's come up short on his six previous nods, and with 30 Rock more beloved (though not necessarily popular) than ever, it may be time for a win.

8 Twenty-three-time nominee John Adams scooped up eight trophies at the Creative Arts ceremony. If it wins at least four more (and it should), it will be Emmys' biggest winner in a single year.

9 The West Wing holds the records for most Emmys won by a series in its first season - and in a single season - with nine. Pushing Daisies and Mad Men can beat the former, while 30 Rock can beat the latter.

11 Glenn Close has 11 nominations under her belt, but only one win. Can she pick up a bookend trophy for Damages?

12 Pushing Daisies picked up a dozen nods, but missed out on comedy series, making it the most nominated show without a nomination for series - in either comedy or drama.

13 Ted Danson and Tim Conway lead the gentlemen with their thirteenth career nominations. Conway has already won for his turn on 30 Rock at the Creatives.

16 Freshman favorite Mad Men leads the drama races with 16 nominations.

17 30 Rock racked up 17 nods - the most ever for a comedy series in one year, besting The Larry Sanders Show's count of 16 - which, by the way, went 0-for-16.

27 As impressive as Mad Men's 16 nods are, it's still not a drama record for the most in one year. NYPD Blue received 27 nominations in its first season.

35 The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was spreading the love this year, listing six drama series nominees. The last time that happened was 35 years ago.

37 John Adams is the year's most nominated miniseries with 23. The all-time record-holder is Roots with 37 nods.

60 It's the Primetime Emmys' 60th birthday. And in true sexagenarian form, it's celebrating with homages to TV's best comedy and drama moments, most memorable catchphrases, theme songs and casts. What's this about a Melrose Place reunion?

76 For the third straight year, ABC leads broadcast networks with the most nominations - this time with 76.

85 HBO still has bragging rights as the overall most recognized network, with 85 nominations. That gap is closing though. Remember when it used to nab nods in the triple digits? Alas, those ( Sopranos and Sex and the City) days are over.

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