Televisions' biggest night is just around the corner. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will be rolling out the red carpet once more next month as the stars come out for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Primetime TV favorites will be pitted against each other for the honor of being distinguished for excellence in their respective categories. The nominees were announced early morning of July 19 amidst wows and woes from TV aficionados and critics. As in past years, many commentators felt that exceptional television programs were again overlooked by the Academy.
The following is a short listing of key categories of the Emmys and the respective nominees. I've indicated my first and second picks. For those who care to voice out their own choices, do participate at The Dotventures Polls (sidebar below) and cast your votes for "Your Own Emmys".
Ahem...and the nominees are...
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES "Boston Legal" "Grey's Anatomy" "Heroes" "House" (1st pick) "The Sopranos" (2nd pick)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES "Entourage" "The Office" (1st pick) "30 Rock" (2nd pick) "Ugly Betty" "Two and a Half Men"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES Denis Leary, "Rescue Me" Hugh Laurie, "House" (1st pick) James Spader, "Boston Legal" Kiefer Sutherland, "24" (2nd pick) James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" (1st pick) Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters" Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2nd pick) Edie Falco, "The Sopranos" Minnie Driver, "The Riches" Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" (2nd pick) Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (1st pick) Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives" Mary Louise Parker, "Weeds"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" (1st pick) Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (2nd pick) Ricky Gervais, "Extras" Steve Carell, "The Office" Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"