Ugly Betty, Sopranos lead Emmy nominations

Each year, select television actors and producers are woken up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m., a ringing telephone interrupting their beauty sleep. However, the bright and early wake-up call is something they've been waiting for their entire professional lives.

The 59th annual Emmy Award nominations were announced from Los Angeles this morning by actors Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Cryer, simultaneously fulfilling and interrupting the dreams of several who work in the television industry. Unfortunately, for every mantle about to be adorned with another trophy, several mantles will once again go bare as there can only be one winner in each category.

ABC once again led the broadcast networks in overall nominations with 70, up slightly from last year's total of 63 (the network walked home with 11 wins last year). Right behind ABC was NBC with 69 nominations, followed by CBS with 44, Fox with 28, PBS with 24, and CW with one. On the cable side of things, HBO wrangled in 86 nominations, with AMC (18), Showtime (17), and Discovery Channel (16) distant followers.

No network dominated the top categories, and several familiar faces are in the running for an Emmy once again. In the Outstanding Drama Series category, the nominees are Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, and The Sopranos. In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, the nominees are 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office, Two and a Half Men, and Ugly Betty.

After a year off, Hugh Laurie returned to the nominees table for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as the cantankerous Dr. Gregory House in House. He is joined by Denis Leary for Rescue Me, Kiefer Sutherland (who won the award last year) for 24, James Spader (who won the award in 2005) for Boston Legal, and James Gandolfini (who won the award in 2000, 2001, and 2003) for The Sopranos.

Tony Shalhoub is once again in the running for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Adrian Monk in Monk, and he'll try to pick up his fourth Emmy. Shalhoub previously won the award in 2003, 2005, and 2006--all for Monk. Competing against him are Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Steve Carell for The Office, Ricky Gervais (who was also nominated in the Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series categories), and Charlie Sheen for Two and a Half Men.

Edie Falco returns to familiar territory, as she is once again nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos. It's her sixth nomination, and she'll be looking to take her fourth statue home. Also nominated in the category are Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters, Mariska Hargitay for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Patricia Arquette for Medium, Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, and first-time nominee Minnie Driver for The Riches.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus will go for back-to-back wins in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role as Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine. Joining her on the shortlist are Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Felicity Huffman for Desperate Housewives, America Ferrera for Ugly Betty, and Mary-Louise Parker for Weeds.

With ensemble casts becoming more and more popular, the depth of talent in the supporting actor categories is getting greater and greater. Lost has twice as good a shot at picking up an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy as the other shows, with two of its cast members in competition for the award--Terry O'Quinn, who plays the enigmatic John Locke, and Michael Emerson, who leads the others as Ben. Chief Lost rival Heroes is represented in the category by first-time nominee Masi Oka, who portrays the time-traveling Hiro Nakamura on the show. Also nominated in the category are William Shatner for Boston Legal, T.R. Knight for Grey's Anatomy, and Michael Imperioli for The Sopranos.

Though there are six nominees in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, only three shows have a shot at taking home the prize. Grey's Anatomy has the best chance, with cast members Chandra Wilson, Katherine Heigl, and Sandra Oh all up for the prize. Two from The Sopranos' mob are also in contention--Aida Turturro and Lorraine Bracco. Rounding out the list is former Six Feet Under star Rachel Griffiths, who returns to the Emmy nominees circle for her role in Brothers & Sisters.

Schrute-heads can hold their bobbleheads aloft proudly, as Rainn Wilson gets his first Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Dwight Schrute in The Office. He'll have stiff competition from fellow first-timer Neil "NPH" Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother, Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men, and a pair from Entourage, Kevin Dillon and last year's winner Jeremy Piven.

Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl's Joy) and Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds' Celia Hodes)--both going for Emmy number one--are in familiar territory as nominees in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. They are joined by Two and a Half Men's Conchata Ferrell and Holland Taylor, Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams, and The Office's Jenna Fischer.

No doubt some deserving shows and actors were snubbed this year, with fan favorites Lost, Desperate Housewives, and every CW show being shut out of the Outstanding Drama and Comedy categories. Make your voice heard and let us know who you think should have been nominated (and who shouldn't have been) in the comments section below. Be sure to check out TV.com's Emmy Nominations feature, where you can vote for who you think should win.

The following is a partial list of the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. To see the entire list, head over to the official Emmy Awards Web site.

Outstanding Drama Series
Boston Legal, ABC
Grey's Anatomy, ABC
Heroes, NBC
House, Fox
The Sopranos, HBO

Outstanding Comedy Series
Entourage, HBO
The Office, NBC
30 Rock, NBC
Two and a Half Men, CBS
Ugly Betty, ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
James Spader, Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Ricky Gervais, Extras
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Emerson, Lost
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
Masi Oka, Heroes
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
William Shatner, Boston Legal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Jaime Pressly, My Name is Earl
Holland Taylor, Two and Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
American Masters, PBS
Biography, A&E;
Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel
Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo
Planet Earth, Discovery

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow, PBS
Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan, National Geographic
Extreme Makeover Home Edition, ABC
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Bravo
Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!, Showtime

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
American Idol, FOX
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Bravo
The Amazing Race, CBS
Top Chef, Bravo

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)
Avatar: The Last Airbender, "City of Walls"
Robot Chicken, "Lust for Puppets"
The Simpsons, "The Haw-Hawed Couple"
South Park, "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
SpongeBob SquarePants, "Bummer Vacation/Wig Stuck"

Outstanding Children's Program
Hannah Montanta, Disney Channel
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Private Worlds: Kids and Autism, Nickelodeon
That's So Raven, Disney Channel
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Disney Channel
When Parents Are Deployed, PBS

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
Late Night With Conan O'Brien, NBC
Late Show With David Letterman, CBS
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Ellen DeGeneres, 79th Annual Academy Awards
David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Scott Ellis for 30 Rock, "The Breakup"
Julian Farino for Entourage, "One Day in the Valley"
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant for Extras, "Orlando Bloom"
Will Mackenzie for Scrubs, "My Musical"
Ken Kwapis for The Office, "Gay Witch Hunt"
Richard Shepard for Ugly Betty, "Pilot"

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Felix Alcala for Battlestar Galactica, "Exodus, Part 2"
Bill D'Elia for Boston Legal, "Son of the Defender"
Peter Berg for Friday Night Lights, "Pilot"
David Semel for Heroes, "Genesis"
Jack Bender for Lost, "Through the Looking Glass"
Thomas Schlamme for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, "Pilot"
Alan Taylor for The Sopranos, "Kennedy and Heidi"

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Ronald D. Moore for Battlestar Galactica, "Occupation/Precipice"
Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof for Lost, "Through the Looking Glass"
David Chase, Matthew Weiner for The Sopranos, "Kennedy and Heidi"
Terence Winter for The Sopranos, "The Second Coming"
David Chase for The Sopranos, "Made in America"

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Robert Carlock for 30 Rock, "Jack-Tor"
Tina Fey for 30 Rock, "Tracy Does Conan"
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant for Extras, "Daniel Radcliffe"
Greg Daniels for The Office, "Gay Witch Hunt"
Michael Schur for The Office, "The Negotiation"

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Julia is a realy pretty white girl. One of my best friends just find a nice girl like her on a dating site named agemingle.com .

I think i will try it, hoping i can find my dream partner
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Spongebob won because they thrash the living s**t out of it, everytime you switch to Nick ITS ON!! good god! give the Pr**k a rest already
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How did Spongebob get nominated over Family Guy?! And I really wished Avatar won for Outstanding Animation. Hey I loved that episode of Soth Park, but I think that won totally from the fact that most fans don't know the official site to vote on or they don't just want a Nickelodeon show to win that award.
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Oooh toss up in the animated comedy category good for Spongebob finally getting recognised for it's great writing But the vote goes to Simpsons

Love the supporting nominations.

Good childrens show category also.
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WHAT?!!!!!

Gilmore Girls and Smallville got SNUBBED!!

Gilmore Girls really deserved a win, or at least a NOMINATION. After all, it was its last year.

And Smallville deserves a nomination for once too.
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no gilmore girls WTF? I can understand other shows, but Lauren Graham deserves something for her years as the memorable and funny Lorelai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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House and Hugh Laurie are the best!!!!
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I hope Lost becomes an appropriate title across the board.
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Not bad, overall.
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Hugh Laurie and House are definitely worth the nomination! Love Steve Carell for best actor in a comedy! Aaaand three cheers for Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Report!! Woohoo!!
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ofcourse smallville isnt nominated.. i mean clark cant act at all for his part.. even though lex does a good job but i dont think he does good enouf...
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Why wasn't Conan nominated in the Individual performance category? His performance is what makes the show great. I hope the Daily Show doesn't get all the awards again. Yes, the president is dumb and Cheney accidentally shot his friend in the face. WE GET IT! It was kind of funny two years ago, but come on.
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Traveler, Lost, and DH all got snubbed. Although, I do like a lot of the supporing roles in the male's column. I am torn, I love Locke, Ben, and Denny Crane.
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No Bones? That's an awesome, smart show!
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Im upset that lost and friday night lights didnt get many nominations. I will be cheering for grey's anatomy.
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I'm REALLY angry! Supernatural,Smallville,anyone of the CSI shows.....But atleast The Colbert Report is a nominee!!!! *L*
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lost? why? they're still stuck on that same island... same as right from the start of the first season. time to move on

& wheres NCIS?!
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Lost didn't even deserve those 2 nominations.This season was really boring.Good on you Emmy. I am cheering for heroes 2 and half men and avatar.
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Where's Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, Battlestar, The Shield, Veronica Mars, Bones, CSI?? All have had excellent seasons this year and have been majorly snubbed in my opinion!! Its an outrage!!!



However im glad to see the freshman shows getting nominated - Heroes, Ugly Betty, 30 Rock, Brothers and Sisters (but only in the acting???)



Also im ecstatic about Greys Anatomy finally the show is dominating the awards as it rightfully should!!! Katherine, Chandra, Sandra (shame about Kate), TR and the show!!! Its truely amazing!!!!
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some deserving programs however many of the best totally missed out - The Wire - BSG - Lost - dexter to name but a few, I don't get how you guys over there can make such fantastic TV and then ignore it for the likes of drivel like ugly betty
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WOOT! Go Sopranos! Also i agree, although Lost has been nominated in a couple of categories, it should've been nominated for 'Outstanding Drama Series'. But overall, Sopranos should win no matter what. They definitely deserve it.
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Let's recap: Wire was forgotten - maybe the best cop drama ever, and that's saying a lot.

BSG, THE best SF drama series ever, not there - I presume because it's SF, and, you know, who can take that seriously.

Lost, the absolute fan favourite - off.

Instead we get Greys and Boston LEGAL?!?

Comedy offers the cheap knock-off of a brilliant Brit series int he Office and a cheaper soap knock-off in Uggly Betty instead of the most original comedy in years, Weeds.

Goodbye Emmys, you've gone sour. Or mental.
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The Outrage! The pure outrage! LOST is one of the greatest shows ever made, far better than Heroes! This season was incredible, it is a travesty it hasn't been nominated. I am a pure Lostaway, i've been watching since the very first episode, and i have nothing more to say, except that because they haven't nominated LOST for the category's it deserves, apart from the supporting actors,the Emmys have lost the twelve feet from the twelve feet and one inch they had between them and the chasm of utter disgrace. Better hope they don't lose that inch, which is only there because of the Sopranos and House. Good God, it wasn't even nominated for Best Visual effects.
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lol wtf no dexter..... that boggles my mind when fkin grey's gets so many nominations and the show simply sux...



more lost! more of everything! lol
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no "The Wire" smh
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As a fan of Deadliest Catch, I am happy that is once again up for Emmy nominations, and I hope that it wins, because it style of filming is totally differnt than anything else on TV right now, especially the ones that are about the fliming. While I didn't like "Unforving Seas" episode to much, but I did like the images that they caught in that episode. But, I don't think it will win again, because it going up aganist Planet Earth and I think it will win.
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OK, OK...
I am just EXHILARTINGLY HAPPY for seeing Avatar there... such a blame the name of the episode is wrong (it's "City of Walls and Secrets").
I am Happy for not seeing LOST there... I just hate it, sorry.
Also, I humbly think that Grey's didn't deserve all those nominations.
And WHERE ARE THE OTHER NOMINATIONS FOR FNL? (It only got Outstanding cast and Outstanding music, as far as I remember...)
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Good for Heroes, House and 24. I hate grey's and JAJAJAJA for Lost!!!
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no lost in the best drama category? uhm...
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I'm surprised LOST wasn't nominated for best drama I thought last season was a huge improvement in the writing and the direction, and personally I think Matthew Fox should be nominated for best lead actor. Obviously Sopranos is just being nominated because they had their final season so no big surprise there. Its nice that Heroes was noticed, but I doubt it will win any Emmys.
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Outstanding writing and outstanding directing for a drama series goes to...BATLLESTAR GALACTICA. Yeeeeeaaah!!!!
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Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy over Dexter? Boggles my mind, it really does. Picking universal favorites again to save themselves, whilst their importance goes downhill.
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Earl gets completely shut out?



I cry FOUL!
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House and Heroes!! Yay! -)
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One of the CSI shows at least should have been nomanated in a catagory
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PATHETIC.

Where's Friday night lights?!?!
Where's Lost?
Where's Michael C. Hall??

Heroes and The Sopranos can go to hell...
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I'm tired of all these generic shows (doctors/lawyers crap) getting all the nominations. WHERE IS LOST?!?! Lost is 10X better than Heroes. Hopefully Michael or Terry can win, they deserve it.
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LOST should get nominations for everything category and win them all too. thats BS that they arent on there
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HOUSE!!!!!!!! AVATAR!!!!!!!!!! BUT WHERE IS LOST????
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Dear emmys: What is Lost doing wrong huh?!
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Yeah!!! Neil Patrick Harris was nominated!! Sweet.

Also, I totally think LOST deserved at least the nomination this year, because this was a huge improvement over last season and had one of the greatest finales for a tv show ever--but no, they gave Grey's Anatomy the nomination. Actually, I think Boston Legal was really disappointing this year, so I'm not sure if they deserve it or not.

I'm glad LOST was nominated for something though.
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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

THE WIRE

WEEDS

my three favourite programs ever made. again proving that the emmy's are going a long way to destroying the rating of non mainstream (vastly superior) shows.

along with everyone else i loved heroes too, but the ones mentioned above are so brillaint, its actually not fair how theya re being snubbed. FNL especially deserves so much more. im just glad nbc signed for another season (an example of good taste over sheer ratings by a network so i respect that.)
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Is there a reason why shows from the CW are never nominated for anything?
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YAY!!!! Deadliest Catch is on there.
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The Wire completely shut out?!?! No LOST outstanding drama nomination?!?! WTF??? Heroes, Greys and Boston nominated? W T F? No Dexter, Friday Night Lights? The Emmys suck
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ITS NOT FAIR ..



WHERE IS PRISON BREAK FOR GOD SAKE..

ITS THE BEST
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TimSpot... The "Snow Leopard" ??? :shock:
:lol: :lol: LMAO !!!
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Heroes, House, and Conan.
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I am rooting for Kiefer Sutherland for best lead actor in a series. William Shatner for best supporting actor and ofcourse i hope James Spader too gets something.
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