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CORRECTED-ABC, NBC comedies lead Emmy nominations

July 14, 2005

(Please read in 8th paragraph … Glenn Close … instead
of Glen Close)

By Steve Gorman and Kevin Krolicki

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Desperate Housewives,” one of the
surprise hits driving a ratings rebound at ABC, and veteran NBC
sitcom “Will & Grace” led the field of Emmy Award series
contenders announced on Thursday with 15 nominations each,
including bids for best comedy.

But two HBO made-for-TV movies, “The Life and Death of
Peter Sellers” and “Warm Springs,” scored the biggest tallies
of any programs vying for U.S. television’s highest honors this
year, clinching 16 nominations apiece.

While HBO again collected the most Emmy nominations of any
single network with 93, ABC did well with two new series that
have helped the Walt Disney Co.-owned network reverse a
long-running ratings slump.

“Desperate Housewives,” a wry, steamy saga of suburban
intrigue, garnered ABC’s first nomination for a top comedy in
11 years. The series also yielded best-actress nominations for
three of its stars — Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity
Huffman.

Another popular ABC show, castaway thriller “Lost,” was the
most-nominated drama series, gaining recognition in 12
categories, including the race for best drama.

Rounding out the roster of best-drama contenders were Fox
espionage thriller “24,” NBC’s “The West Wing” (clinching a bid
for re-election to an unprecedented fifth term as best drama)
and two HBO productions — funereal family soap “Six Feet
Under” and the gritty and vulgar western “Deadwood.”

Last year’s winner for best drama series, HBO mob saga “The
Sopranos,” was sidelined this year for a lack of qualifying
episodes.

While three hot dramas on the cable network FX — “The
Shield,” “Rescue Me” and “Nip/Tuck” — were shut out of the
category, “The Shield” co-star Glenn Close was nominated as
best actress.

She will be competing in that category against Jennifer
Garner, star of the ABC spy drama “Alias,” as well as Frances
Conroy of “Six Feet Under” and first-time nominee Patricia
Arquette for NBC’s psychic whodunit “Medium.”

Other best comedy nominees were last year’s winner, the
critically praised but ratings-poor Fox series “Arrested
Development,” along with NBC hospital sitcom “Scrubs” and the
now-retired CBS’s hit “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which just
completed its ninth and final season.

“Will & Grace” was back for its sixth consecutive
nomination as best comedy, a prize the show has not won since
2000.

The 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, presented by the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast live
on CBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sept. 18.




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