NBC Scores 53 Primetime Emmy Nominations

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The nominations, which include a best lead actress in a comedy nomination for Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation, ties for the broadcast network high.

NBC will once again be well-represented when the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards take place Sunday, Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. Leading the charge for NBC were Saturday Night Live with 17 nominations, including outstanding variety series, and 30 Rock with 13, including outstanding comedy series. Acting nominations were garnered by Tina Fey (lead actress in a comedy), Alec Baldwin (lead actor in a comedy) and Jane Krakowski (supporting actress in a comedy) from the series that recently ended its incredible seven-season run.

Since 1975, Saturday Night Live has now earned 173 total nominations, extending its own Emmy record.

Other NBC highlights include The Voice, the No. 1-rated reality show on television in adults 18-49, receiving a nomination for outstanding reality competition program; Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as outstanding variety series; Betty White, for host of a reality or reality-competition program, for Betty White’s Off Their Rockers; Amy Poehler, for lead actress in a comedy for Parks and Recreation; and Bill Hader as supporting actor in a comedy series for Saturday Night Live.

NBC took three of the five nominations in the comedy writing category. Greg Daniels was nominated for The Office finale while Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield were nominated for the 30 Rock finale, Last Lunch. Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock were also nominated for the first part of the "30 Rock" finale, Hogcock!

Universal Television received an impressive 42 nominations. Vera Farmiga was nominated for lead actress in a drama for her turn as Norma Bates in the A&E series Bates Motel.

For NBC International, Downton Abbey received 12 nominations, including for best drama series and four acting nominations: Hugh Bonneville (lead actor), Michelle Dockery (lead actress), Jim Carter (supporting actor) and Maggie Smith (supporting actress).

The NBC Sports team received five nominations for its coverage of the Opening Ceremonies from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

NBC Entertainment Digital received a total of four Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Special Class category.  30 Rock: The Webisodes was nominated for Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs and  in the Short-Format Nonfiction Programs, NBC Digital dominated the competition, picking up three of the six nominations for 30 Rock: The Final Season, Jay Leno’s Garage and The Office: The Farewells

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys will be held at the same venue on Sunday, Sept. 15.

For the full list of NBC nominees, click here