CIGARS ALL AROUND: For Kimmel, it's a girl, per People, "Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney welcomed their first child together, daughter Jane, on Thursday, July 10, in California, their rep confirms to PEOPLE. "Congratulations to my beautiful and very tough wife Molly on delivering our baby girl this morning," the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, 46, announced via Twitter. "Thanks for all your kind baby wishes turns out, not ALL tweets are mean!"
"Added the new mom, 36, jokingly: "Kids, don't do drugs. Until you have a baby. Then do ALL OF THEM." '' http://bit.ly/1onmoMG
EMMY NOMINATIONS: And throne games, per the Los Angeles Times, "The TV landscape is turning into a "Game of Thrones" judging by the 66th Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning. HBO is still king, with 99 nominations. But its fortunes slipped a bit. (The premium channel had 108 nods last year.) And networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC all saw their nomination tally dip, too. It's a different story, though, for FX, Netflix, and even PBS, which all saw a dramatic rise in their nomination haul.
"FX had 45 nominations Thursday morning -- the majority for its two miniseries, "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven." That's way up from the 26 nominations it received a year ago. Meanwhile, streaming service Netflix earned 31 nominations Thursday, with the bulk going to its series "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." That was more than double the 14 nods Netflix scored last year. And PBS, thanks primarily to "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock: His Last Vow," pulled in 34 nominations this year -- up from last year's 25 nods." http://lat.ms/1xYfdBE
MEANWHILE: Another take, per the New York Times, "You know that the Emmy nominations have gone very much as predicted when the biggest surprise among the major categories is "Downton Abbey."
"It seemed that if one broadcast network show was going to crack the field this year for the Emmys' top prize, best drama series, it would be CBS's "The Good Wife" in a season when it received attention for killing off a major character. But when the nominations were announced Thursday morning it was PBS's soap-opera war horse, "Downton Abbey," picking up its third straight drama series nomination. (The category is virtually a repeat of last year, with HBO's "True Detective" subbing in for Showtime's "Homeland.")" http://nyti.ms/U5EDyj
AND THIS: Emmy history, per The Hollywood Reporter, "The Emmy Awards made history Thursday when the TV Academy nominated its first openly transgender actor.
"Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on the Netflix prison dramedy from creator Jenji Kohan, received a nomination in the outstanding guest actress in a comedy series category the first time an openly transgender actress has been recognized for an Emmy, according to the TV Academy. Her nomination is one of a dozen Orange Is the New Black received, including outstanding comedy series and acting recognition for stars Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne." http://bit.ly/1tsdVQG
GARTH BROOKS: On the comeback trail, per Rolling Stone, "In a loose, lengthy and at times emotional press conference this morning in Nashville, Garth Brooks confirmed his expected comeback, announcing a new album and world tour. While the bulk of the information shared was kept intentionally vague, Brooks said he has partnered with Sony Music's RCA Records to distribute the new material and help with radio promotion. The album as yet untitled, as confirmed by a Sony representative will be released "around Black Friday," the retail-centered Friday after Thanksgiving." http://rol.st/1oH7YIJ
RACHEL: Or something like that, per The Insider, "Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are one of the most famous couples in Hollywood, but you might be surprised to know that it was Robert Downey Jr. who introduced them. Theroux was a writer on RDJ's 2007 flick "Tropic Thunder" and met Aniston when she paid a visit to the set." http://yhoo.it/1g4V3vf
SCIENTOLOGY: You're being obtuse, Matt, per toofab, "Leah Remini has no regrets about leaving Scientology -- and has the empty wine bottles to prove it. The actress-turned-reality TV star appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night, where she was put in the hot seat for "Plead the Fifth." Though she had the option to skip the question, Remini didn't hesitate to reveal the best part about no longer being a Scientologist." http://bit.ly/1onmowm
EXPECTING: Just the facts, per Us Weekly, "That sound? It's the collective crack of millions of hearts breaking all over the world. A source confirms to Us Weekly that Ryan Gosling and his longtime girlfriend, Eva Mendes, are expecting a baby together." http://usm.ag/1to6c6d
AND FINALLY: Today's mystery music video. http://bit.ly/1qoPxtz