Carell, Baldwin top Emmy's comedy actor shortlist

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With the Emmy shortlists for Drama and Comedy Series, Lead Comedy Actress, and Lead Drama Actor and ctress categories already leaked out to the world, only one major list remained to be unearthed--the funnymen.

That hole was plugged late yesterday, as a partial shortlist of the potential nominees for Lead Comedy Actor was revealed by The Los Angeles Times, based on information from sources. The paper dug up seven of the 10 nominee nominees, and aside from a few new faces, it's the usual suspects.

The Office's Steve Carell, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, Monk's Tony Shalhoub, and Two and a Half Men's Charlie Sheen, all of whom were nominated in the category last year, have a chance for back-to-back nominations.

Joining those juggernauts is Lee Pace from freshman series Pushing Daisies, four-time Emmy nominee David Duchovny from Californication, and Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

As for the three "missing" candidates, the paper (with good reason) speculates that both stars of The Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, My Name is Earl's Jason Lee, and How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor are among the possibilities.

Jaime Pressly won't be repeating as the Emmy winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy; the My Name is Earl starlet did not make the penultimate cut. Instead, the title will be up between Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth, Two and a Half Men's Conchata Ferrell, The Office's Jenna Fischer, 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski, Ugly Betty's Judith Light, Weeds' Elizabeth Perkins, Saturday Night Live's Amy Poehler, Samantha Who?'s Jean Smart, Two and a Half Men's Holland Taylor, and Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams.

Over on the men's side, NBC is getting some good representation with The Office's Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, and 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer. HBO's Entourage also earned a pair of shortlisters, with Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon in the heat. Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, Weeds' Justin Kirk, How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris, and Back to You's Fred Willard round out the competition.

The shortlists for guest spots were also revealed late yesterday, and Internet superstar Chris Crocker got his wish: Emmy voters left Britney alone. The much-hyped campaign to get Britney Spears an Emmy nomination for her guest stint on How I Met Your Mother has come to an end, as the pop-star-turned-shaved-head-crazy-turned-actress did not make the Emmy shortlist for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

The men's side includes such notables as Peter O' Toole for The Tudors, Robin Williams for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Oliver Platt for Nip/Tuck.

A full list of the actors who made the previously mentioned shortlists is below.

The final Emmy nominees are scheduled to be announced on July 17. The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards show will be held September 21 in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.

Best Lead Comedy Actor
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
David Duchovny, Californication
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Supporting Comedy Actress
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Judith Light, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Comedy Supporting Actor
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Justin Kirk, Weeds
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
John Krasinski, The Office
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Fred Willard, Back to You
Rainn Wilson, The Office

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Keith Carradine, Dexter
Charles Durning, Rescue Me
Danny Glover, Brothers and Sisters
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Peter O'Toole, The Tudors
Oliver Platt, Nip-Tuck
Peter Riegert, Damages
Stanley Tucci, E.R.
Glynn Turman, In Treatment
Robin Williams, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Vivica A. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Annie Potts, Ugly Betty
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Shirley Knight, Desperate Housewives
Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men
Amy Ryan, The Office
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

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