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Emmy Shortlists

Emmy Shortlists

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I hate the Emmys. Always have and very likely always will. They never cease to amaze me in their bizarre misrepresentation of good television, and are often an extremely boring telecast to boot. But, like any true awards geek, I still pay attention as they lead up, probably because they are the one major awards show that happens way outside the “awards season” box and thus have all said geek-related attention to themselves.

In a failed attempt at mixing things up and producing better nominees, the Emmys have recently adopted a new system.. They have a popular vote to determined the top ten finalists in the major categories, those finalists submit an episode for judgement that is watched at an Academy-produced screening, and from that the final votes are cast. Most of the top ten lists for this year are out and I’ll post here thanks to GoldDerby, and I’ll post predictions/preferences closer to nomination day (July 17th).. But I’ll briefly comment on the top ten lists before posting.

Its not all bad, surprisingly. I had been a pretty absent TV viewer this season but recently did some major catching up during two recent weeks of slothing, and there was a lot of good to be praised. And Emmy did a bit of that. Major Mad Men and 30 Rock love, though expected, is welcome. But inclusions of The Wire, Family Guy and Flight on the Conchords in series finalist lists are wonderfully uncharacteristic. As are a few of the acting finalists: Mary McDonnell, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Justin Kirk… But there’s still a lot of the usual blah: No Wire actors, no Connie Britton, the inclusion of anything to do with Two and a Half Men, ‘Til Death, and Boston Legal, the bizarre ignoring of Desperate Housewives great fourth season in series and Dana Delaney, as well as (mostly) Brothers & Sisters, no January Jones despite serious Mad Men love, no Mia Wasikowa or Yujin Kim love, etc, etc, etc.

Check the lists after the jump.

DRAMA SERIES (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Boston Legal (“The Court Supreme”)
Damages (“Pilot”)
Dexter (“The Dark Defender”)
Friday Night Lights (“Leave No One Behind”)
Grey’s Anatomy (“Freedom, Part 1”)
House (“Frozen”)
Lost (“The Constant”)
Mad Men (“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”)
The Tudors (“Episode 205”)
The Wire (“-30-“)

DRAMA LEAD ACTOR (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Boston Legal (James Spader – “The Court Supreme”)
Breaking Bad (Bryan Cranston – “Pilot”)
Dexter (Michael C. Hall – “There’s Something About Harry”)
Friday Night Lights (Kyle Chandler – “Last Day of Summer”)
Grey’s Anatomy (Patrick Dempsey – “Freedom”)
House (Hugh Laurie – “House’s Head”)
In Treatment (Gabriel Byrne – “Paul and Gina: Week 4”)
Mad Men (Jon Hamm – “The Wheel”)
Rescue Me (Denis Leary – “Babyface”)
The Riches (Eddie Izzard – “Last Temptation of Wayne”)

DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Battlestar Galactica (Mary McDonnell – “Faith”)
Big Love (Jeanne Tripplehorn – “Take Me As I Am”)
Brothers and Sisters (Sally Field – “History Repeating”)
The Closer (Kyra Sedgwick – “Manhunt”)
Damages (Glenn Close – “Pilot”)
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Mariska Hargitay – “Undercover”)
Mad Men (Elisabeth Moss – “The Hobo Code”)
Medium (Patricia Arquette – “Aftertaste”)
The Riches (Minnie Driver – “Dead Calm”)
Saving Grace (Holly Hunter – “Tacos, Tulips, Duck and Spices”)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR (OFFICIAL TOP 11 LIST):
Big Love (Bruce Dern – “Good Guys and Bad Guys”)
Boston Legal (Christian Clemenson – “Roe vs. Wade, The Musical”)
Boston Legal (William Shatner – “Mad About You”)
Damages (Ted Danson – “Jesus, Mary and Joe C*cker”)
Damages (Zeljko Ivanek – “I Hate These People”)
Grey’s Anatomy (T.R. Knight – “Freedom”)
In Treatment (Blair Underwood – “Alex: Week 6”)
Lost (Naveen Andrews – “The Economist”)
Lost (Michael Emerson – “The Shape of Things to Come”)
Mad Men (John Slattery – “Long Weekend”)
Medium (Jake Weber – “Wicked Game, Part 1”)

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS (OFFICIAL TOP 11 LIST):
Boston Legal (Candice Bergen – “The Mighty Rogues”)
Brothers and Sisters (Rachel Griffiths – “Domestic Issues”)
Burn Notice (Sharon Gless – “Identity”)
Damages (Rose Byrne – “Because I Know Patty”)
Dirty Sexy Money (Jill Clayburgh – “The Watch”)
Grey’s Anatomy (Sandra Oh – “The Becoming”)
Grey’s Anatomy (Chandra Wilson – “Lay Your Hands on Me”)
In Treatment (Dianne Wiest – “Paul and Gina: Week ??”)
Law and Order (S. Epatha Merkerson – “Bottomless”)
Mad Men (Christina Hendricks – “Babylon”)
Tell Me You Love Me (Jane Alexander – “Episode 10”)

DRAMA GUEST ACTOR (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Brothers and Sisters (Danny Glover – “The Feast of Epiphany”)
Damages (Peter Riegert – “Do You Regret What We Did?”)
Dexter (Keith Carradine – “Morning Comes”)
E.R. (Stanley Tucci – “The War Comes Home”)
In Treatment (Glynn Turman – “Alex: Week 8”)
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Robin Williams – “Authority”)
Mad Men (Robert Morse – “Nixon vs. Kennedy”)
Nip/Tuck (Oliver Platt – “Carly Summers”)
Rescue Me (Charles Durning – “Yaz”)
The Tudors (Peter O’Toole – “Episode 208”)

DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS (TOP 10 LIST UNKNOWN):

DRAMA DIRECTING (NO TOP 10; NO PANEL VOTE):

DRAMA WRITING (NO TOP 10; NO PANEL VOTE):

COMEDY SERIES (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Curb Your Enthusiasm (“The Bat Mitzvah”)
Entourage (“The Day xxxxers”)
Family Guy (“Padre de Famila”)
Flight of the Conchords (“Sally Returns”)
The Office (“Local Ad”)
Pushing Daisies (“Pie-Lette”)
30 Rock (“Cooter”)
Two and a Half Men (“Rough Night in Hump Junction”)
Ugly Betty (“Something Wicked This Way Comes”)
Weeds (“Go”)

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR (TOP 8 LIST; OTHER 2 NAMES UNKNOWN):
Californication (David Duchovny – “The Last Waltz”)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Larry David – “The Bat Mitzvah”)
Monk (Tony Shalhoub – “Mr. Monk and the Naked Man”)
The Office (Steve Carell – “Goodbye, Toby”)
Pushing Daisies (Lee Pace – “Pie-lette”)
Til Death (Brad Garrett – “Swimming with Starks”)
30 Rock (Alec Baldwin – “Rosemary’s Baby”)
Two and a Half Men (Charlie Sheen – “Is There a Mrs. Waffles?”)

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Desperate Housewives (Marcia Cross – “Now You Know”)
Desperate Housewives (Felicity Huffman – “Now I Know, Don’t Be Scared”)
Desperate Housewives (Eva Longoria Parker – “In Buddy’s Eyes”)
New Adventures of Old Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “One and a Half Men”)
Pushing Daisies (Anna Friel – “Bitter Sweets”)
Samantha Who? (Christina Applegate – “The Restraining Order”)
Sarah Silverman Program (Sarah Silverman – “Bored of the Rings”)
30 Rock (Tina Fey – “Sandwich Day”)
Ugly Betty (America Ferrera – “Odor in the Court”)
Weeds (Mary-Louise Parker – “Bill Sussman”)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
Back to You (Fred Willard – “Cradle to Grave”)
Entourage (Kevin Dillon – “The Dream Team”)
Entourage (Jeremy Piven – “The Day xxxxers”)
How I Met Your Mother (Neil Patrick Harris – “The Goat”)
The Office (John Krasinski – “Branch Wars”)
The Office (Rainn Wilson – “Money”)
30 Rock (Jack McBrayer – “Episode 210”)
30 Rock (Tracy Morgan – “Secrets and Lies”)
Two and a Half Men (Jon Cryer – “Meander to Your Dander”)
Weeds (Justin Kirk – “Bill Sussman”)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS (OFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST):
The Office (Jenna Fischer – “Fun Run”)
Pushing Daisies (Kristin Chenoweth – “Girth”)
Samantha Who? (Jean Smart – “The Girlfriend”)
Saturday Night Live (Amy Poehler – “Tina Fey”)
30 Rock (Jane Krakowski – “The Collection”)
Two and a Half Men (Conchata Ferrell – “Fish in a Drawer”)
Two and a Half Men (Holland Taylor – “Media Room Slash Dungeon”)
Ugly Betty (Judith Light – “I See Me, ICU”)
Ugly Betty (Vanessa Williams – “Bananas for Betty”)
Weeds (Elizabeth Perkins – “Risk”)

COMEDY GUEST ACTOR (TOP 10 LIST UNKNOWN):

COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS (OFFICIAL TOP 11 LIST):
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Vivica A. Fox – “The Rat Dog”)
Desperate Housewives (Polly Bergen – “Distant Past”)
Desperate Housewives (Kathryn Joosten – “Welcome to Kanagawa”)
Desperate Housewives (Shirley Knight – “If There’s Anything I Can’t Stand”)
Monk (Sarah Silverman – “Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan”)
The Office (Amy Ryan – “Goodbye Toby”)
30 Rock (Edie Falco – “Episode 210”)
30 Rock (Carrie Fisher – “Rosemary’s Baby”)
30 Rock (Elaine Stritch – “LudaChristmas”)
Two and a Half Men (Jane Lynch – “Rough Night in Hump Junction”)
Ugly Betty (Annie Potts – “Zero Worship”)

COMEDY DIRECTING (NO TOP 10; NO PANEL VOTE):

COMEDY WRITING (NO TOP 10: NO PANEL VOTE):

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