Today, thanks to the hard work of Tom O'Neill at Gold Derby, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences released the official top 10 lists for this year's Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series. The final top five nominations in every category will be announced July 18, but for the first time ever, ATAS is allowing its process to be transparent by revealing these top 10 lists so award lovers can get a preview of who's in the running.
For these top races, the lists include a few favorites and some surprises. ABC has a strong showing in the Drama lineup with Lost
, Grey's Anatomy
and Boston Legal
while HBO dominates the Comedy side with Curb Your Enthusiasm
and even Flight of the Conchords
making the list. Keep reading to see who else made the short list for the Emmys.
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Perhaps the most surprising absence from this list is Heroes
, which was nominated last year for Outstanding Drama Series. The sub-par sophomore season, plus the impact of the writers' strike, may have hurt its chances. And though it didn't have much of a shot, I must lament the absence of Battlestar Galactica
The new shows on cable did very well, with Mad Men
both cracking the list. In the history of the Emmys, only five networks have received a nomination in this category: ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and HBO. But with four spots taken up by shows from other networks, this year a smaller cable channel could finally break through.
The other surprising part of this list is the inclusion of The Wire
, HBO's brilliant serialized drama about the war on drugs in Baltimore. Though it has been critically hailed as one of the best shows in the history of television, it only has one Emmy nomination over its first four years. The Emmys finally look to be embracing it, and surprisingly it made it in over HBO's more publicized dramas like Big Love
and In Treatment
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
No, that is not a typo, Family Guy
, Seth MacFarlane's animated series, really is on this list. The show took a huge gamble withdrawing from the race for Outstanding Animated Series, instead trying to break through for Outstanding Comedy Series, and it just may work.
Aside from that, the list is mostly predictable. HBO always does well, though seeing Flight of the Conchords
is a bit out of the blue, welcome as it is. Since The Office
and 30 Rock
have won this award in the past two years, they are virtually guaranteed nominations again. Pushing Daisies
is another pleasant surprise – great as it is, the first season only had nine episodes that ended back in December, so Emmy voters must have tried extra hard to remember it.
If there's just one shocking omission, it's Desperate Housewives
. The show has clearly flown far off the Emmy radar since that first season, when it was all the rage. NBC's other shows, My Name is Earl
, also failed to make the list, as did CBS' brilliant How I Met Your Mother
. Yet somehow, Two and a Half Men
Who do you think will be the final five nominees? And what about the acting top 10 lists? ATAS is still debating whether to release those as well, but hopefully tomorrow we'll get to find out who made those short lists for this year's Emmy nominations.
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-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: Gold Derby
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