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The Emmy Awards smiled on some unlikely comedy series nominees Thursday morning, giving nominations to "Family Guy" and "Flight of the Conchords" and leaving out such mainstays as "Two and a Half Men."

"Family Guy," the Fox series that muscled its way back on the air in 2005 after proving popular in reruns and on DVD, received just two nominations -- but one of them was for best comedy series, making it just the second animated series to compete in the best comedy series category. Not even "The Simpsons" can claim that honor; the other animated series to receive a nomination was "The Flintstones" in 1961.

"We're thrilled to see 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' recognized by the Academy," said creator Seth MacFarlane in a statement. ("American Dad," another MacFarlane show, was nominated for best animated program.) "And the idea that 'Family Guy' can transcend animation and be honored as one of the best comedies on television is truly rewarding." Read full article »

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