The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released its list of nominees for the 57th Annual Emmy Awards today, July 14, and ABC should be happy. Its freshman hit Desperate Housewives was up for a whopping 15 nominations, equaling NBC stalwart Will & Grace for the most noms of any broadcast network show. HBO's made-for-cable movies The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Warm Springs received more nominations, with 16 each.
Desperate Housewives was nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series, and Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and Felicity Huffman were each nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The show also received a nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series, among others.
ABC's fantasy hit Lost was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, along with Fox's 24, NBC's The West Wing, and HBO's Six Feet Under and Deadwood. Surprisingly, CBS's CSI didn't receive a nomination in this category. Fox's House and ABC's Grey's Anatomy are other favorites that didn't get nominated here.
In the running for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series are Jason Bateman for Arrested Development, Ray Romano for Everybody Loves Raymond, Tony Shalhoub for Monk, Zach Braff for Scrubs, and "Will" of Will & Grace, Eric McCormack.
The field of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series includes Patricia Heaton for Everybody Loves Raymond, Jane Kaczmarek for Malcolm in the Middle, and the three Desperate Housewives, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Felicity Huffman.
Drama kings up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series include Boston Legal's James Spader, Hugh Laurie for House, Hank Azaria for Huff, Kiefer Sutherland for 24, and Ian McShane for Deadwood. McShane's absence from the list last year was a sore spot for many people.
Nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series are Jennifer Garner for Alias, Mariska Hargitay for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Patricia Arquette for Medium, Glenn Close for The Shield, and Frances Conroy for Six Feet Under.
The academy managed to find some Outstanding Reality-Competition programs and nominated The Apprentice, Survivor, American Idol, Project Runway, and The Amazing Race. The producers of these shows will be placed on a deserted aircraft carrier in the middle of the Indian Ocean, given one week's supply of water, and forced to fight to the death to earn their Emmy.
A category that should spark some "animated" debate is Outstanding Animated Program, where perennial room dividers The Simpsons and Family Guy duke it out with Samurai Jack, South Park, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Breaking down the nominations by network, Fox received a total of 49 nominations, ABC garnered 51, NBC squeaked out 54, CBS notched 59, and per usual, HBO was the leader of the pack with 93. HBO received the lion's share despite the fact that two of its heavyweights were missing, The Sopranos and Sex and the City.
Check out the Emmys on CBS, September 18. For a full list of nominees, go to The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website.