0807emmys.jpgThe Emmy nominations have been announced, and Variety reports it may be the Year of Basic Cable! AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages (both NY-based) were amongst the basic cable shows to get nods, and they go down in Emmy history as "the first basic cable series to get best-series bids." Other New York shows that got a slew of nominations include 30 Rock and Ugly Betty; Tina Fey was nominated for her role as Liz Lemon and also for her SNL hosting gig earlier this year, and Mariska Hargitay is up for best actress in a drama for Law & Order: SVU. Meanwhile, Broadway star Audra McDonald was nominated for her on-screen performance in Raisin in the Sun. See the full list of nominations here. The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards take place on September 21st.