The Emmy nominations announced this morning are full of shockers.
Yet if anything, the new voting system created to make the nominations more relevant has had the opposite effect.
Most notably, two of last year's most prominent nominees, "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," have been all but shut out. While "Grey's Anatomy," "24," and cancelled series such as "The West Wing," "Will & Grace," "Arrested Development," and "Six Feet Under" are all somewhere on the list, "Lost" won no major nominations this year. "Desperate Housewives" took only one significant nod, a best supporting actress nomination for Alfre Woodard.
The list excludes many other names that were also expected, including Hugh Laurie, Zach Braff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Patricia Arquette and James Spader, who last year won leading actor categories in a drama. And while "The Sopranos" was nominated for best drama, and Michael Imperioli for best supporting actor, "Sopranos" leads James Gandolfini and Edie Falco weren't on the list.
"24" was the most honored drama, with 12 nominations including best drama, actor (Kiefer Sutherland), supporting actor (Gregory Itzin), and supporting actress (Jean Smart). "Grey's Anatomy" was not far behind, with 11 nominations including best drama and supporting actress (Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson). Newcomers in the drama categories include Christopher Meloni for best actor and Geena Davis for best actress.
"Will & Grace" was the comedy to beat, with 10 nominations including best actress (Debra Messing), supporting actor (Sean Hayes), and supporting actress (Megan Mullally). Newcomers in the comedy categories include Steve Carell, Charlie Sheen, and Kevin James for best actor.
The Emmy Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will air on August 27.
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