The Emmys



Emmy nominees won't be officially announced until July 17, but the "short lists" of finalists have already leaked and circulated on the blogosphere. What would we do without the Internet?

Here's my $0.02 about the way these short lists shook out:

*I love how 30 Rock turns up a million times, even though the show isn't a ratings blockbuster. I hope this will get people to tune in because, if I'm being honest, Tina Fey is probably my hero.

*It's interesting to see that Heroes is on the list despite apparently having no notable performers.

*I find Bryan Cranston's appearance for Breaking Bad notable because I've never heard of Breaking Bad. Anyone seen it? Is it good?

*On the other hand, I'm not surprised at all to see all the nods to Mad Men. The New York Times Magazine recently put the show on its cover and heaped on fawning praise, so I'd be shocked if Jon Hamm doesn't end up nominated. (Fortunately, New York magazine's fawning cover story about Gossip Girl didn't seem to have any Emmy influence.)

*I'm personally a huge fan of Michael Emerson on Lost, so I hope he comes through with a nomination. He's so creepy! More than my love for Lost, though, is my love for Pushing Daisies. My heart melts a little every time it comes on. The show was put on hold after the writers' strike, so I'm in serious withdrawal. I hope it'll get some Emmy attention and return with a big audience.

Stay tuned to see if any of these "short list" names turn into real nominees. If you're interested, the full lists are below, courtesy of the "Gold Derby" coverage of the LA Times. Let me know what your personal faves are, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on Emmy night.

DRAMA SERIES
Boston Legal
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Grey's Anatomy
Heroes
House
Lost
Rome
The Sopranos
24


COMEDY SERIES
Desperate Housewives
Entourage
Extras
My Name is Earl
The Office
Scrubs
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty
Weeds

BEST DRAMA: ACTOR
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Eddie Izzard, The Riches
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Spader, Boston Legal

BEST DRAMA: ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Glenn Close, Damages
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love

SUPPORTING DRAMA: ACTOR
Naveen Andrews, Lost
Bruce Dern, Big Love
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men
Blair Underwood, In Treatment
Jake Weber, Medium

SUPPORTING DRAMA: ACTRESS
Jane Alexander, Tell Me You Love Me
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rose Byrne, Damages
Jill Clayburgh, Dirty Sexy Money
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
S. Epatha Merkerson, Law and Order
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

BEST COMEDY: ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
David Duchovny, Californication
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

BEST COMEDY: ACTRESS
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program

SUPPORTING COMEDY: ACTOR
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Justin Kirk, Weeds
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
John Krasinski, The Office
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Fred Willard, Back to You
Rainn Wilson, The Office

SUPPORTING COMEDY: ACTRESS
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Judith Light, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Vivica A. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Annie Potts, Ugly Betty
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Shirley Knight, Desperate Housewives
Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men
Amy Ryan, The Office
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Keith Carradine, Dexter
Charles Durning, Rescue Me
Danny Glover, Brothers and Sisters
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Peter O'Toole, The Tudors
Oliver Platt, Nip-Tuck
Peter Riegert, Damages
Stanley Tucci, E.R.
Glynn Turman, In Treatment
Robin Williams, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Read the rest of the "Gold Derby" coverage at the LA Times website (lots of insider gossip).

Visit the official Emmy website.

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