There were some surprises and some yawns among the nominations. 'Modern Family,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'The Good Wife' and 'The Big Bang Theory' made out like bandits.
On the other hand, there was no Emmy love for 'Terriers,' 'Game of Thrones' was almost totally ignored in the acting categories, and 'The Walking Dead' was shut out in the main categories.
The ceremony was streamed live, and audible gasps were heard when host McCarthy and Martha Plimpton ('Raising Hope') were both shock nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The inclusion of Louis C.K. ('Louie') in the Best Supporting Actor also raised a murmur in the crowd.
Over in the Drama category, the "OMG!" moments were the inclusion of 'The Killing' stars Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
There were also surprise acting nods for the male stars of much-maligned mini-series 'The Kennedys,' which picked up a total of 10 nominations.
The adult stars of 'Modern Family' will battle it out in September for Best Supporting Actor/Actress honors as every single one of them has been nominated. The show is also up for Best Comedy.
As expected, veteran actress and comedienne Betty White -- who was first nominated for an Emmy back in 1951 -- received a Best Supporting Actress nod for 'Hot in Cleveland.' Last year she won for Outstanding Guest Star for 'Saturday Night Live' and she's previously taken home the statuette for her work on 'Mary Tyler Moore' and 'The Golden Girls.'
Veteran series were rewarded with nominations for Emmy stalwarts such as Hugh Laurie ('House') and Mariska Hargitay ('Law & Order: SVU').
Jane Lynch will host the live TV broadcast of the 2011 Emmy Awards, which is being produced by 'Survivor' (not nominated for Best Reality Competition) producer, Mark Burnett.
For a full list of 2011 Emmy nominees click here.
'The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards' air Sunday Sept. 18, 8PM ET on Fox.