Glee, Lea Michele

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The big TV news late yesterday was that Lea Michele, along with Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, and perhaps other New Directions members, were on their way out of Glee.

The big TV news early this morning was the Emmy nominations announcement.

And the big question was: Would the Glee kids age their way out of the spolight there, too?


Michele did not repeat as a nominee for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Matthew Morrison, who's not a Glee kid, exactly, and probably will survive next season's graduation massacre, nonethless lost his spot, too, in the Lead Actor Comedy race.

The only two Glee regulars to nab nods were Colfer and Jane Lynch (a winner last year and the Emmy host this year), both of whom are nominated in the supporting categories.

Glee charter-club members Kristin Chenoweth, Dot-Marie Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow were all nominated as guest actresses.

With Michele out, the Lead Actress Comedy field shaped up this way: The Big C's Laura Linney; Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, looking for her second straight win; Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler; Mike & Molly's Melissa McCarthy, who helped announce this morning's noms; Raising Hope's Martha Plimpton, the longshot who made good; and 30 Rock's Tina Fey.

Fey's also up in the comedy guest actress category for hosting Saturday Night Live.

The Morrison-free Lead Actor Comedy field, meanwhile, looks like this: former Friends favorite Matt LeBlanc, back in the game with Episodes; The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, the defending champ, and his costar Johnny Galecki; The Office's Steve Carell, looking for his first win with his last shot as Michael Scott; Louie's Louis C.K., the cult-fave pick; and, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin.

Lynch's competition includes two phenoms: the not-done-yet Betty White, up again for Hot in Cleveland; and, Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, recognized for her day night job on SNL.

Colfer is pitted against pretty much every guy from Modern Family (Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, first-time nominee Ed O'Neill, reigning-champ Eric Stonestreet), plus Charlie Sheen survivor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men). 

Justin Timberlake is up for three Emmys, all for his work on SNL, including a guest comedy actor nod for hosting.   

(Originally published July 14, 2011, at 6:05 a.m. PT)

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