Surprise: Louie, Outstanding Comedy Series
Talk about a nice surprise! Despite a number of previous nominations for the man himself, Louis C.K.'s darkly hilarious FX comedy, Louie — which is often personal, sometimes sublime, always unique — hasn't been able to crack this top category in the past.
Its third season managed to make history by being the first basic cable comedy to receive an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination. It couldn't go to a more deserving show. — Rebecca Martin