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TV Favorites Vie with Newcomers in Emmy Race
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prime-time politicians and gangsters are back in a crowded field of TV dramas vying for Emmy nominations this week, while the critically acclaimed but low-rated sitcom “Arrested Development” is looking to break through in the race for best comedy.
NBC’s White House saga “The West Wing,” a four-time winner for best drama, is heavily favored to clinch yet another chance at reelection as television’s most honored dramatic series when Emmy nominations are announced on Thursday in Los Angeles.
“West Wing” is one of several perennial Emmy favorites widely expected to resurface as a contender for an entertainment award competition famous for its sense of deja vu.
“It would be a huge surprise if they surprise us, but they never do,” said TV critic Ray Richmond of The Hollywood Reporter.
Other front-runners for this year’s best-drama sweepstakes are three returning nominees bested by “West Wing” last year — HBO mob series “The Sopranos,” Fox espionage thriller “24” and television’s highest-rated drama, the CBS detective show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
“The West Wing” could prove especially irresistible to the Emmy-sponsoring Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the midst of a heated, real-life presidential race, Emmy handicapper Tom O’Neil told Reuters.
Last year’s most-nominated show, HBO’s funeral home drama “Six Feet Under,” is out of the running due to an extended hiatus between seasons, leaving room for a relative newcomer to snag one of the five remaining slots in the best-drama contest.
Emmy experts point to three likely first-time drama nominees — the CBS missing persons series “Without a Trace,” the FX cable network’s plastic surgery tale “Nip/Tuck” and HBO’s gritty western “Deadwood.”
Other possibilities are NBC’s long-running legal drama “Law & Order” and the FX cop show “The Shield.”
Perhaps the most watched Emmy race this year is in the category for best comedy series, where critics are rooting heavily for the offbeat Fox show “Arrested Development.”
The series, starring Jason Bateman as a widower struggling to manage the affairs of his dysfunctional family when his dad lands in prison, is heading into its second season with rave reviews but low ratings and could use some Emmy attention to boost its fortunes.
“‘Arrested Development is the big question this year,” said O’Neil, author of “The Emmys” and host of the awards show Web site “If the show is snubbed, we’re going to hear an industry outcry.”
Otherwise, the competition for best comedy is especially tight this year given the sentimental clout of three newly departed longtime hits — NBC’s “Friends” and “Frasier” and HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Richmond said all three have to be considered favorites to clinch Emmy nominations this year.
But O’Neil gives better odds to last year’s comedy champ, CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” now headed for its ninth and final season, as well as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm from “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David and NBC’s “Will & Grace.”
Younger-skewing critical darlings such as NBC’s “Scrubs” and the WB’s “Gilmore Girls” are considered relative longshots for recognition by the academy, which labors under “a notorious geezer age bias,” O’Neil said.
The 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Garry Shandling, will be telecast live on ABC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sept. 19.