'24,' 'Anatomy' Among Top Emmy Nominees
Jul 6, 7:52 AM EST
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- 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 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The leading nominee, with 16 nominations, was the miniseries "Into the West."
"Grey's Anatomy" and "24" were nominated for best drama, the other nominees are "House," "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing." The nominees for best comedy are "Arrested Development," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Scrubs," "Two and a Half Men" and "The Office."
"Desperate Housewives," which lost its status as critical darling in its sophomore season although it held its ratings, wasn't nominated in the comedy category it won last year. "Lost" met the same fate, missing out on a best-drama bid although it won the honor in 2005.
For "24," Kiefer Sutherland received a best-actor bid. Among the "Grey's Anatomy" stars recognized were Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson. The show was shut out of the best-actress and actor categories.
Other best-actor nominations 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."
Three best-actress bids went to stars of shows that have left the air: Frances Conroy of "Six Feet Under," Geena Davis of "Commander in Chief" and Allison Janney of "The West Wing." Other nominees 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 Louis-Dreyfus for "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
Louis-Dreyfus, who won previously for "Seinfeld," was joined by another past Emmy winner, Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") to announce nominations in the top categories in a brief televised ceremony Thursday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
Nominees for lead actor in a comedy series were Steve Carrell of "The Office," Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Kevin James of "The King of Queens," Tony Shalhoub of "Monk" and Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men."
"This is a very exciting moment for everyone involved with the show. We are all extremely honored. I'm also additionally overjoyed by being personally recognized as well," Carrell said.
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."
For drama series, best supporting actor bids went to William Shatner ("Boston Legal"), Oliver Platt ("Huff"), Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos"), Gregory Itzin ("24") and Alda ("The West Wing").
"It's totally bittersweet. Bittersweet is the order of the day. But we'll take the sweet," said Platt, whose series was canceled after its second season.
Besides Oh and Wilson, actresses in the supporting category, drama, were Candice Bergen for "Boston Legal," Blythe Danner for "Huff" and Jean Smart, "24."
Top nominees in the movie and miniseries field, besides "Into the West," included "Elizabeth I," "Mrs. Harris" and "Bleak House."
Besides "Mrs. Harris," the made-for-TV movie nominees were two Sept. 11-based dramas, "Flight 93" and "The Flight That Fought Back." "The Girl in the Cafe" and "Yesterday" also were nominated.
Best miniseries bids went to "Sleeper Cell" as well as "Bleak House," "Elizabeth I" and "Into the West."
Nominated lead actresses in a miniseries or movie include Gillian Anderson, "Bleak House," Kathy Bates, "Ambulance Girl," Annette Bening, "Mrs. Harris" and Judy Davis, "A Little Thing Called Murder."
Actors nominated for their miniseries or movie performance were Andre Braugher ("Thief"), Charles Dance ("Bleak House") Ben Kingsley ("Mrs. Harris"), Jon Voight ("Pope John Paul II"), and Donald Sutherland, joining his son, Kiefer, in the Emmy race, for "Human Trafficking."
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 are 94 Emmy categories, including four to be announced later this month.
Other Emmy honors, including those for technical achievement and guest actors and actresses in series, will be given at the creative-arts ceremony on Aug. 19.
The nominations were announced in an early morning ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre
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