- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES — The stalwart suspense drama “24” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” the hit hospital drama that focuses as much on its interns’ love lives as medicine, were among the top nominees announced yesterday for the Emmy Awards.

The leading nominee, with 16 bids, was the TNT miniseries “Into the West.” In a major reversal from last year’s awards, neither “Lost” nor “Desperate Housewives” received best-series nominations. Both won last year.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus — who helped announce the bids with another past Emmy winner, Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) — received her own nomination as best actress in a comedy series for CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

A number of acting bids went to stars of shows that have left the air, including Frances Conroy and Peter Krause of “Six Feet Under,” Geena Davis of “Commander in Chief” and Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Alan Alda of “The West Wing.”

“Will & Grace,” which ended its eight-year run last season, received a warm farewell with 10 nominations, the most for a comedy series.

Among the nominated reality series were ratings phenomenon “American Idol” and “The Amazing Race.”

With what many considered its strongest season, “24” led all series with 12 nominations, followed by “Grey’s Anatomy” with 11. Both received bids as best drama series, and they were joined in the category by “House,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing.”

For “24,” Kiefer Sutherland received a best-actor bid. Among the “Grey’s Anatomy” stars recognized were Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson with supporting-actress nominations. The show was shut out of the best-actress and best-actor categories.

The comedy-series nominees were “Arrested Development,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Office,” “Scrubs” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Among the networks, longtime Emmy powerhouse HBO was the front-runner with 95 nominations, followed by ABC with 64, CBS with 47, NBC with 46 and Fox with 41.

The stars of “Desperate Housewives,” which lost its status as critical darling in its sophomore season although it held its ratings, were missing this year from the lead acting category. The stars of “Lost” met the same fate.

Besides Mr. Sutherland, others getting best-actor nominations for a drama were Peter Krause of “Six Feet Under,” Dennis Leary of “Rescue Me,” Christopher Meloni of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Martin Sheen of “The West Wing.”

Joining Miss Conroy, Miss Davis and Miss Janney in the category for best actress in a drama series were Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer.”

Joining Miss Louis-Dreyfus for best actress in a comedy series were Stockard Canning of “Out of Practice,” Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle,” Lisa Kudrow of “The Comeback” and Debra Messing for “Will & Grace.”

Nominees for lead actor in a comedy series were Steve Carrel of “The Office,” Larry David of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Kevin James of “The King of Queens,” Tony Shalhoub of “Monk” and Charlie Sheen of “Two and a Half Men.”

Showing the flag for “Desperate Housewives” was series newcomer Alfre Woodard, who received a bid as best supporting actress in a comedy. Joining her were Cheryl Hines of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jaime Pressly of “My Name Is Earl,” Elizabeth Perkins of “Weeds” and Megan Mullally of “Will & Grace.”

Actors nominated in the supporting category in comedy were Will Arnett of “Arrested Development,” Jeremy Piven of “Entourage,” Bryan Cranston of “Malcolm in the Middle,” Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” and Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace.”

For drama series, best supporting actor bids went to William Shatner (“Boston Legal”), Oliver Platt (“Huff”), Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”), Gregory Itzin (“24”) and Mr. Alda (“The West Wing”).

Besides Miss Oh and Miss Wilson, actresses in the supporting category for drama were Candice Bergen for “Boston Legal,” Blythe Danner for “Huff” and Jean Smart for “24.”

Top nominees in the movie and miniseries field, besides “Into the West,” included “Elizabeth I,” “Mrs. Harris” and “Bleak House.”

Besides “Mrs. Harris,” the made-for-TV movie nominees were two September 11-based dramas, “Flight 93” and “The Flight That Fought Back.” “The Girl in the Cafe” and “Yesterday” also were nominated.

Best miniseries bids went to “Sleeper Cell” as well as “Bleak House,” “Elizabeth I” and “Into the West.”

Nominated lead actresses in a miniseries or movie include Gillian Anderson for “Bleak House,” Kathy Bates for “Ambulance Girl,” Annette Bening for “Mrs. Harris” and Judy Davis for “A Little Thing Called Murder.”

Actors nominated for their miniseries or movie performances were Andre Braugher (“Thief”), Charles Dance (“Bleak House”) Ben Kingsley (“Mrs. Harris”), Jon Voight (“Pope John Paul II”) and Donald Sutherland, joining his son, Kiefer, in the Emmy race, for “Human Trafficking.”

The Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Aug. 27 on NBC, with Conan O’Brien as host of the Shrine Auditorium ceremony.


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