The buzz toward this year's Emmys is getting louder, and what better way to stoke interest in an event that is still several months away than by releasing lists of people who might be nominated?
The Academy took an interesting step this year and announced the shortlists for contenders in the Best Drama and Comedy categories, but now we're back to business as usual, and The Los Angeles Times has leaked a few more lists of Emmy hopefuls.
The paper's Tom O'Neil--the guru of all awards shows--has revealed the 10 (actually, an unusual 11 in two of the three cases) finalists for Emmy consideration in the Best Comedy Actress, Best Supporting Drama Actress, and Best Supporting Drama Actor categories, and there are a few major head-scratchers.
The Best Comedy Actress shortlist features many familiar faces: 30 Rock's Tina Fey, Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker, New Adventures of Old Christine's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ugly Betty's America Ferrera, and a trio of Desperate Housewives, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria Parker. The remaining three spots are all newbies, led by one potty-mouthed comic.
Sarah Silverman, of Comedy Central's crass The Sarah Silverman Show, is one step closer to her first Emmy nod. She's joined by fellow Best Actress first-timers Anna Friel of Pushing Daisies and Christina Applegate of Samantha Who? (who previously netted an Outstanding Guest Actress for a spot on Friends).
In the ladies' Supporting Drama Actress category, Emmy collector Candice Bergen is back in the race for Boston Legal. She's joined by Jane Alexander (Tell Me You Love Me), Rose Byrne (Damages), Jill Clayburgh (Dirty Sexy Money), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment), and Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy).
And in what is probably the grossest oversight of the century, Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton did not make the list, despite being downgraded to the supporting category (she made the shortlist for Lead Drama Actress last year). And while we're at it, no Lost ladies made the final cut, nor did Mad Men's January Jones.
On the men's supporting side, last year's winner will not repeat. Terry O'Quinn, who earned a much-deserved trophy for his portrayal of John Locke in Lost, did not make this year's shortlist. His castmates Naveen Andrews and Michael Emerson (a heavy favorite to win this year) did, however.
Also on the shortlist are Big Love's Bruce Dern, Boston Legal's Christian Clemenson and William Shatner, Damages' Ted Danson and Zeljko Ivanek, Grey's Anatomy's T.R. Knight, Mad Men's John Slattery, In Treatment's Blair Underwood, and Medium's Jake Weber.
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.