'30 Rock' has been nominated for an astonishing 22 Emmy Awards.

The US comedy TV series - which stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey - is up for three of the most prestigious accolades, Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Actress.

The show will battle 'Entourage', 'Family Guy', 'Flight of the Conchords', 'How I Met Your Mother, 'The Office' and 'Weeds' for the Best Comedy trophy.

Alec - who plays TV executive Jack Donaghy in the series - received a Best Comedy Actor nod, and will compete against 'Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement, Charlie Sheen for his role in 'Two And A Half Men', Tony Shalhoub for 'Monk', 'The Office' actor Steve Carell and Jim Parsons for 'The Big Bang Theory'.

Expressing his shock at his nomination, Jim - who announced the list alongside 'Grey's Anatomy' star Chandra Wilson - said: "No?! This is some sort of trick fest."

Tina - who plays comedy writer Liz Lemon in '30 Rock' - will compete for the Best Comedy Actress accolade along with Christina Applegate for 'Samantha Who?', Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'The New Adventures of Old Christine', Sarah Silverman for her self-titled show, 'Weeds' actress Mary-Louise Parker and Toni Collette for 'United States of Tara'.

Advertising drama 'Mad Men' has picked up 16 nominations, including a nod in the esteemed 'Best Drama' category, in which it will compete against 'Big Love', 'Breaking Bad', 'Damages', 'Dexter' and 'House' and 'Lost'.

Film actresses Drew Barrymore and Sigourney Weaver are both up for Best Actress in a Mini-series, Drew for her role in 'Grey Gardens' - about the eccentric aunt and cousin, both called Edith Bouvier Beale, of US First Lady Jackie Onassis - and Sigourney for 'Prayers for Bobby', about a gay rights crusader.

Kiefer Sutherland is nominated in the Best Actor in a Mini-series for his portrayal of tough Jack Bauer in '24: Redemption', with Sir Ian McKellen receiving a nod for his part in 'King Lear' and Kevin Bacon for 'Taking Chance'.

The 61st Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday September 20 is Los Angeles.

'How I Met Your Mother' actor Neil Patrick Harris is due to host the ceremony.

61st Emmy Awards partial list of nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series:

'Big Love'

'Breaking Bad'

'Damages'

'Dexter'

'House'

'Lost'

'Mad Men'

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston - 'Breaking Bad'

Michael C. Hall - 'Dexter'

Hugh Laurie - 'House'

Gabriel Byrne - 'In Treatment'

'Mad Men' - Jon Hamm

Simon Baker - 'The Mentalist'

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series:

Sally Field - 'Brothers and Sisters'

Glenn Close - 'Damages

Mariska Hargitay - 'Law And Order: Special Victims Unit'

Elisabeth Moss - 'Mad Men'

Holly Hunter - 'Saving Grace'

Kyra Sedgwick - 'The Closer'

Outstanding Comedy Series:

'30 Rock'

'Entourage'

'Family Guy'

'Flight of the Conchords'

'How I Met Your Mother'

'The Office'

'Weeds'

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin - '30 Rock'

Jermaine Clement - 'Flight of the Conchords'

Charlie Sheen - 'Two And A Half Men'

Tony Shalhoub - 'Monk'

Steve Carell - 'The Office'

Jim Parsons - 'The Big Bang Theory'

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

Tina Fey - '30 Rock'

Christina Applegate - 'Samantha Who?'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'

Sarah Silverman - 'The Sarah Silverman Project'

Toni Collette - 'United States of Tara'

Mary-Louise Parker - 'Weeds'

Oustanding Mini-series:

'Generation Kill'

'Little Dorrit'

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Mini-series or Movie:

Kiefer Sutherland - '24: Redemption'

Kevin Kline - 'Cyrano de Bergerac'

Brendan Gleeson - 'Into The Storm'

Sir Ian McKellen - 'King Lear'

Kevin Bacon - 'Taking Chance'

Kenneth Branagh - 'Wallander: One Step Behind'

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini-series or Movie:

Chandra Wilson - 'Accidental Friendship'

Shirley Maclaine - 'Coco Chanel'

Drew Barrymore - 'Grey Gardens'

Jessica Lange - 'Grey Gardens'

Sigourney Weaver - 'Prayers for Bobby'

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:

Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof - 'Lost'

Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner - 'Mad Men'

Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton and Matthew Weiner - 'Mad Men'

Matthew Weiner - 'Mad Men'

Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner - 'Mad Men'

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:

Matt Hubbard - '30 Rock'

Robert Carlock - '30 Rock'

Ron Weiner - '30 Rock'

Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock - '30 Rock'

James Bobin, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie - 'Flight Of The Conchords'

Outstanding Writing for a Mini-series, Movie or a Dramatic Special:

David Simon - 'Generation Kill'

Michael Sucsy, Patricia Rozema - 'Grey Gardens'

Hugh Whitemore - 'Into The Storm'

Andrew Davies - 'Little Dorrit'

Lt Col Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz: 'Taking Chance'