30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo

Nominations for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast Sept. 16 on Fox, were announced Thursday morning. Here are the major races in the comedy-series field.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
America Ferrera ( Ugly Betty)
Tina Fey ( 30 Rock)*
Felicity Huffman ( Desperate Housewives)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ( The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Mary-Louise Parker ( Weeds)

* Reacting to her nod, Fey said in a statement, "This is an outrage." It's like my love for her keeps reaching new heights.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin ( 30 Rock)
Steve Carell ( The Office)
Ricky Gervais ( Extras)
Tony Shalhoub ( Monk)
Charlie Sheen ( Two and a Half Men)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jaime Pressly ( My Name Is Earl)
Jenna Fischer ( The Office)
Holland Taylor ( Two and a Half Men)
Conchata Ferrell ( Two and a Half Men)
Vanessa Williams ( Ugly Betty)
Elizabeth Perkins ( Weeds)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Kevin Dillon ( Entourage)
Jeremy Piven ( Entourage)
Jon Cryer ( Two and a Half Men)
Neil Patrick Harris ( How I Met Your Mother)
Rainn Wilson ( The Office)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Dixie Carter ( Desperate Housewives)
Laurie Metcalf ( Desperate Housewives)
Elaine Stritch ( 30 Rock)
Judith Light ( Ugly Betty)
Salma Hayek ( Ugly Betty)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Martin Landau ( Entourage)
Sir Ian McKellen ( Extras)
Stanley Tucci ( Monk)
Giovanni Ribisi ( My Name Is Earl)
Beau Bridges ( My Name Is Earl)

Also see the acting nominees in the drama and TV-movie/miniseries races, as well as the assorted outstanding-series contenders.