Surprises: 30 Rock
More often than not, the Emmys tend to give the cold shoulder, or very few nominations, to long-running series and former Emmy stalwarts that have ended (see: Desperate Housewives, House and The Office this year). 30 Rock, however, has managed to remain an Emmy favorite throughout its seven-year run, pocketing 13 nominations this year (same as last year) despite ending way back in January, including one for Jane Krakowski, who was unceremoniously dropped last year. (Our favorite: "The Rural Juror" is up for original music and lyrics — Emmy voters will never forget them!) The show hasn't won a single Emmy since its Best Comedy Series three-peat in 2009, but given voters' everlasting love and Modern Family's poorer showing this year (though 12 nods is nothing to complain about), it could become the third sitcom to win four comedy series trophies after All in the Family and Cheers.