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Desperate Housewives,
Will & Grace lead series in Emmy nominations

Desperate Housewives,
Will & Grace lead series in Emmy nominations

DesperateHousewives, one of the surprise hits driving a ratings rebound at ABC, and veteran NBC sitcom Will & Grace led the field of series in Emmy contention with 15 nominations each, including bids for best comedy, when the list of nominees was announced Thursday morning. But two HBO made-for-TV movies, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Warm Springs, scored the biggest tallies of any programs vying for U.S. television's highest honors this year, clinching 16 nominations apiece. While HBO again collected the most Emmy nominations of any single network with 93, ABC did well with two new series that have helped the Walt Disney Co.-owned network reverse a long-running ratings slump.

Desperate Housewives, a wry, steamy saga of suburban intrigue from gay creator Marc Cherry, garnered ABC's first nomination for a top comedy in 11 years. The series also yielded best-actress nominations for three of its stars--Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Felicity Huffman. Another popular ABC show, castaway thriller Lost, was the most nominated drama series, gaining recognition in 12 categories, including the race for best drama. Rounding out the roster of best-drama contenders were Fox espionage thriller 24, NBC's The West Wing (clinching a bid for reelection to an unprecedented fifth term as best drama), and two HBO productions--funereal family soap Six Feet Under and the gritty and vulgar western Deadwood. Last year's winner for best drama series, HBO mob saga The Sopranos, was sidelined this year for a lack of qualifying episodes.

While three hot dramas on the cable network FX--The Shield, Rescue Me, and Nip/Tuck--were shut out of the category, The Shield costar Glenn Close was nominated as best actress. She will be competing in that category against Jennifer Garner, star of the ABC spy drama Alias, as well as Frances Conroy of Six Feet Under and first-time nominee Patricia Arquette of NBC's psychic whodunit Medium.

Other best-comedy nominees were last year's winner, the critically praised but ratings-poor Fox series Arrested Development, NBC hospital sitcom Scrubs, and CBS's now-retired hit Everybody Loves Raymond, which just completed its ninth and final season. Will & Grace was back for its sixth consecutive nomination as best comedy, a prize the show has not won since 2000. The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast live on CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 18. For a complete list of nominees visit www.Emmys.com. (Steve Gorman and Kevin Krolicki, via Reuters)

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