Louis C.K. Earns Two Emmy Nominations for Village-Based Sitcom

By Olivia Scheck on July 14, 2011 11:28am 

MANHATTAN — Stand-up comedian-turned-sitcom-star Louis C.K. came up strong in the roundup of local stars tapped for this year's round of Emmy nominations.

Louis C.K.'s Manhattan-based dark comedy show "Louie" netted two nominations — one for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Thursday.

This is the first year that "Louie," which began in June 2010, was eligible for the Emmys.

In addition to starring in "Louie," which frequently features Greenwich Village landmarks like Washington Square Park and the Comedy Cellar as backdrops, C.K. serves as executive producer, writer, director and editor.

C.K. will take on heavy competition in the lead actor category — going head to head with Steve Carell, the outgoing star of "The Office," and Alec Baldwin, of the beloved Manhattan-based sitcom "30 Rock."

"30 Rock" received 13 nominations this year, including for Tina Fey in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category and for Outstanding Comedy Series, bringing the series nomination total to 77, with 14 wins so far.

"Mad Men" star John Hamm, who plays ad man Don Draper, will go head to head with Steve Buscemi's Atlantic City mobster Enoch "Nucky" Thompson in the HBO Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire" for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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