‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ’24’ at top of Emmy noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Suspense drama 24 and Grey’s Anatomy, the hit medical drama that focuses as much on its interns’ love lives as medicine, were among the top nominees announced Thursday for the Emmy Awards.
The leading nominee, with 16 bids, was the miniseries Into the West, which was partially filmed in Alberta.
In a major reversal from last year’s awards, neither Lost or Desperate Housewives received best-series nominations. Both won last year.
A number of acting bids went to stars of shows that have left the air, including Frances Conroy and Peter Krause of Six Feet Under, Geena Davis of Commander in Chief and Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Alan Alda of The West Wing.
24 led all series with 12 nominations, followed by Grey’s Anatomy with 11. Both received best drama series bids and were joined in the category by House, The Sopranos and The West Wing.
For 24, Toronto-bred Kiefer Sutherland received a best-actor bid. Among the Grey’s Anatomy stars recognized were Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh, who grew up in Nepean, Ont., and Chandra Wilson, with supporting-actress nominations. The show was shut out of the best-actress and actor categories.
The comedy-series nominees were Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs and Two and a Half Men.
The stars of Desperate Housewives, which lost its status as critical darling in its sophomore season although it held its ratings, were missing this year from the lead acting category. The stars of Lost met the same fate.
Besides Sutherland, other best-actor nominations for a drama went to Peter Krause of Six Feet Under, Denis Leary of Rescue Me, Christopher Meloni of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Martin Sheen of The West Wing.
Joining Conroy, Davis and Janney in the best drama series actress category were Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Kyra Sedgwick of The Closer.
The nominees for best actress in a comedy series were Stockard Channing of Out of Practice, Jane Kaczmarek of Malcolm in the Middle, Lisa Kudrow of The Comeback, Debra Messing for Will & Grace and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Louis-Dreyfus, along with another past Emmy winner, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) announced nominations in the top categories in a brief televised ceremony Thursday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
“Honey, I got nominated. It’s hilarious, it’s unbelievable,” Louis-Dreyfus told her husband over the phone.
“My skin feels like it’s buzzing,” she told The Associated Press. “Or maybe that’s from all the coffee I’ve been drinking since 1 a.m.”
Showing the flag for Desperate Housewives was series newcomer Alfre Woodard, who received a bid as best supporting actress in a comedy. Joining her were Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jaime Pressly of My Name Is Earl, Elizabeth Perkins of Weeds and Megan Mullally of Will & Grace.
Actors nominated in the supporting category in comedy were Will Arnett of Arrested Development, Jeremy Piven of Entourage, Bryan Cranston of Malcolm in the Middle, Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men and Sean Hayes of Will & Grace.
Top nominees in the movie and miniseries field, besides Into the West, included Elizabeth I, Mrs. Harris and Bleak House.
The Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Aug. 27 on NBC, with Conan O’Brien as host of the Shrine Auditorium ceremony. The awards, traditionally held in September at the start of the TV season, were moved up because of NBC’s addition of Sunday-night football to its schedule.
There is a total of 94 Emmy categories.
Other Emmy honours, including those for technical achievement and guest actors and actresses in series, will be given at the creative-arts ceremony on Aug. 19.
Nominees in major categories for the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy, ABC; House, Fox; The Sopranos, HBO; 24, Fox; The West Wing, NBC.
Comedy Series: Arrested Development, Fox; Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; The Office, NBC; Scrubs, NBC; Two and a Half Men, CBS.
Miniseries: Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; Elizabeth I, HBO; Into the West, TNT; Sleeper Cell, Showtime.
Made-for-TV Movie: Flight 93, A&E; The Flight That Fought Back, Discovery Channel; The Girl in the Cafe, HBO; Mrs. Harris, HBO; Yesterday, HBO.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC; Late Show With David Letterman, CBS; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO.
Variety, Music or Comedy Special: 78th Annual Academy Awards, ABC; Bill Maher: I’m Swiss, HBO; George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing, HBO; McCartney in St. Petersburg, A&E; The XX Olympic Winter Games – Opening Ceremony, NBC.
Actor, Drama Series: Denis Leary, Rescue Me, FX Network; Peter Krause, Six Feet Under, HBO; Kiefer Sutherland, 24, Fox; Martin Sheen, The West Wing, NBC.
Actress, Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer, TNT; Geena Davis, Commander in Chief, ABC; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC; Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under, HBO; Allison Janney, The West Wing, NBC.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: William Shatner, Boston Legal, ABC; Oliver Platt, Huff, Showtime; Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos, HBO; Gregory Itzin, 24, Fox; Alan Alda, The West Wing, NBC.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Candice Bergen, Boston Legal, ABC; Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy, ABC; Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy, ABC; Blythe Danner, Huff, Showtime; Jean Smart, 24, Fox.
Actor, Comedy Series: Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; Kevin James, The King of Queens, CBS; Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA; Steve Carell, The Office, NBC; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback, HBO; Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS; Stockard Channing, Out of Practice, CBS; Debra Messing, Will & Grace, NBC.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Will Arnett, Arrested Development, Fox; Jeremy Piven, Entourage, HBO; Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men, CBS; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace, NBC.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives, ABC; Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl, ABC; Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds, Showtime; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace, NBC.
Actor, Miniseries or a Movie: Charles Dance, Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; Donald Sutherland, Human Trafficking, Lifetime; Ben Kingsley, Mrs. Harris, HBO; Jon Voight, Pope John Paul II, CBS; Andre Braugher, Thief, FX Network.
Actress, Miniseries or a Movie: Kathy Bates, Ambulance Girl, Lifetime; Gillian Anderson, Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; Helen Mirren, Elizabeth I, HBO; Judy Davis, A Little Thing Called Murder, Lifetime; Annette Bening, Mrs. Harris, HBO.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or a Movie: Denis Lawson, Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; Hugh Dancy, Elizabeth I, HBO; Jeremy Irons, Elizabeth I, HBO; Robert Carlyle, Human Trafficking, Lifetime; Clifton Collins Jr., Thief, FX Network.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or a Movie: Kelly Macdonald, The Girl in the Cafe, HBO; Shirley Jones, Hidden Places, Hallmark; Ellen Burstyn, Mrs. Harris, HBO; Cloris Leachman, Mrs. Harris, HBO; Alfre Woodard, The Water Is Wide (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation), CBS.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ’24’ at top of Emmy noms