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Emmy Nominations: Tom O’Neil’s Got ‘Em

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The LA Times’ Tom O’Neil is way ahead of the pack on Emmy nominations:

Low-rated critics’ favorite “Friday Night Lights” made the top 10 list of Emmy finalists for best drama series, but “Brothers and Sisters” –packed with Emmy-friendly stars –did not, according to judges reporting to TheEnvelope.com. Other surprises: “Rome” –a canceled show that aired its last episode in March –is included on the drama list, but not two current series that were considered shoo-ins by some Emmywatchers: “Rescue Me” and “The Tudors.”

NBC leads all networks with 6 shows in the two Top 10s. ABC has 5, HBO 4, Showtime 2, Fox 2, CBS 1. FX network was shut out.

O’Neil’s also got some acting nominations, but makes a plea for tips.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures of Old Christine”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Teri Hatcher, “Desperate Housewives”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
James Gandolfini, “Sopranos”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Eddie Izzard, “The Riches”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24″

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Minni Driver, “The Riches”
Edie Falco, “Sopranos”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Masi Oka, “Heroes”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
CCH Pounder, “The Shield”


TOP 10 DRAMA SERIES FINALISTS
(In parens is name of sample episode viewed by judges)
Boston Legal (“Angel of Death”)
Dexter (“Born Free”)
Friday Night Lights (Pilot)
Grey’s Anatomy (“From A Whisper to A Scream”)
Heroes (“Genesis”)
House (“Half-wit”)
Lost (“Through the Looking Glass”)

TOP 10 COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS
(In parens is name of sample episode viewed by judges)
Desperate Housewives (“It Takes Two”)
Entourage (“One Day in the Valley”)
Extras (“Daniel Radcliffe”)
My Name is Earl (“The Trial”)
The Office (“The Coup”)
Scrubs (“My Musical”)
Thirty Rock (“Hard Ball”)
Two and a Half Men (??)
Ugly Betty (Pilot)
Weeds (“Cooking with Jesus”)

Final nominations will be announced on July 19.

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