If Justin Timberlake decides to ditch the entire music thing, it looks like TV will welcome him with open arms.

Timberlake received three nominations Thursday (July 16) for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards. Two came in the category for outstanding original music and lyrics; one for Timberlake and co-writers' song "I Love Sports" for the 2008 ESPYs and another for his contribution to "Saturday Night Live's" "Motherlover." He also received a nomination for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live."

In 2007, Timberlake won an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics for
"Saturday Night Live's" "Dick In A Box."

There was some music-related surprises in the nominations, with Jermaine Clement receiving a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for HBO's "Flight of the Conchords." (Clement also received a nomination in outstanding original music and lyrics for the song "Carol Brown.")

In addition, the web- and DVD-only distributed "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" from producers Joss Whedon, Michael Boretz and David Burns received a nomination in outstanding special class - short-format live action entertainment programs.

Among the music programming receiving multiple nominations was "American Idol," with eight nominations, including one for host Ryan Seacrest and one for outstanding reality - competition program; there were four nods for Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl Halftime Show and The 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

NBC's comedy "30 Rock," with 22, and AMC's drama "Mad Men," with 16, led the way overall in nominations.

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 13 in Los Angeles. The Creative Arts Emmys will be distributed in Sept. 12.

Other nominees in the music categories include:

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Castle • Flowers From Your Grave • ABC • ABC Studios
Robert Duncan, Composer

Ghost Whisperer • Leap Of Faith • CBS • Sander Moses in association with ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Television Network
Mark Snow, Composer

Legend Of The Seeker • Prophecy • Syndicated • ABC Studios
Joe LoDuca, Music By

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency • Pilot • HBO • Mirage Enterprises and Cinechicks in association with The Weinstein Company, BBC and HBO Entertainment Gabriel Yared, Composer

The Simpsons • Gone Maggie Gone • FOX • Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox Television
Alf H. Clausen, Music By

24 • 7:00AM - 8:00AM • FOX • Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions
Sean P. Callery, Music By


Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films
Rachel Portman, Composer

Into The Storm • HBO • Scott Free and Rainmark Films production in association with the BBC and HBO Films
Howard Goodall, Composer

Little Dorrit • Part 5 • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH Boston
John Lunn, Composer

Loving Leah (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) • CBS • Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Inc.
Jeff Beal, Music By

Taking Chance • HBO • Motion Picture Corporation of American and Civil Dawn Pictures in association with HBO Films
Marcelo Zarvos, Composer

24: Redemption • FOX • Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV in association with Teakwood Lane Productions
Sean P. Callery, Music By


Outstanding Music Direction

Christmas In Washington • TNT • The Stevens Co.
Ian Fraser, Musical Director

Dancing With The Stars • Episode 710A • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions
Harold Wheeler, Music Director

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards • CBS • John Cossette Productions in
association with AEG Ehrlich Venture
Rickey Minor, Music Director

The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS • George Stevens, Jr. Presentation for Kennedy Center Television Productions, Inc.
Rob Mathes, Music Director
Rob Berman, Music Director

Streisand: The Concert • CBS • BJS Productions in association with The Gary Smith Company
William Ross, Music Director



Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics

81st Annual Academy Awards • Song Title: Hugh Jackman Opening Number • ABC •
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
William Ross, Original Music
John Kimbrough, Original Music
Dan Harmon, Original Lyrics
Rob Schrab, Original Lyrics

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All • Song Title: Much Worse Things • Comedy Central • Spartina Productions
Adam Schlesinger, Music By
David Javerbaum, Lyrics By

The 2008 ESPYS • Song Title: I Love Sports • ESPN • BTW Productions in association with ESPN
Katreese Barnes, Composer
Justin Timberlake, Lyricist
Steve Higgins, Lyricist
Alex Baze, Lyricist
Rachel Hamilton, Lyricist
Kevin Miller, Lyricist
Jonathan Drubner, Lyricist
Dave Drabik, Lyricist

Flight Of The Conchords • Unnatural Love / Song Title: Carol Brown • HBO • Dakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment
James Bobin, Composer and Lyricist
Bret McKenzie, Composer and Lyricist
Jemaine Clement, Composer and Lyricist

A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa • Song Title: I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus • NBC • Muppets Productions in association with The Walt Disney Studios
Paul Williams, Original Songs By

Saturday Night Live • Host: Justin Timberlake / Song Title: Motherlover • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video
Akiva Schaffer, Lyrics By
Jorma Taccone, Lyrics By
Andy Samberg, Lyrics By
Justin Timberlake, Lyrics By
Asa Taccone, Music By
Drew Campbell, Music By


Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Great Performances • PBS • Thirteen/WNET
John Williams, Theme Music By

The Mole • ABC • Stone Stanley Entertainment
David Michael Frank, Original Music Composed By

Sons of Anarchy • Pilot • FX Networks • Sutter Ink and Linson Entertainment production in association with Fox 21 and FX
Bob Thiele, Music and Lyrics By
Dave Kushner, Music By
Curtis Stigers, Lyrics By
Kurt Sutter, Lyrics By

Storymakers • AMC • Leroy & Morton Productions
Bill Sherman, Original Theme Composed By

United States Of Tara • Showtime • Showtime presents in association with DreamWorks Television
Tim Delaughter, Main Title Theme by