2006 Emmy Nominees Announced

That sophomore slump feeling certainly showed up amongst this year’s Emmy award nominations with last year’s big winners “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” failing to garner nominations in most of the key categories, including the ones they won in last year like best actress and drama series respectively. Granted both shows were seen as going through a creative slump in their second year, but ratings remained solid for both and a pick up in quality towards the end was enough that many thought it could push the series through. “Lost” still nabbed nine nominations and “Desperate Housewives” scored seven.

One who did prove a big winner this past season though was “24”. In its fifth year the action thriller series received its best critical notices and ratings ever, and that paid off in twelve Emmy nods – the biggest of any series. Following closely was “Grey’s Anatomy” with eleven and “Will & Grace” with ten, but all three shows were out nominated in categories by the mini-series “Into the West” which took in a whopping sixteen nominations overall. HBO scored the most nominations of any network with 95 nods.

Also interesting were a lack of new series from this past season garnering serious attention. Whilst new hit cable shows like “The Closer”, “Huff” and “Weeds” took in nods, of the new network shows it was only female acting turns in shows like “My Name is Earl”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “Commander-in-Chief” and “Out of Practice” that got any attention in the major categories. British mini-series imports “Bleak House” & “”Elizabeth I” also fared superbly.

Despite a much-hyped shakeup in the voting process that hoped to infuse the nominations with some fresh blood, this year’s nominations are filled with old stalwarts and shows that have been or are ending this year. Also notable are critically praised shows and actors missing out on nods ranging from Hugh Laurie’s turn in “House” to highly praised cable shows like “Battlestar Galactica” and “Rescue Me”. In any case, here’s the final list of major nominees:

COMEDY SERIES
“Arrested Development”, FOX
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”, HBO
“The Office”, NBC
“Scrubs”, NBC
“Two And A Half Men”, CBS

DRAMA SERIES
“Grey’s Anatomy”, ABC
“House”, FOX
“The Sopranos”, HBO
“24”, FOX
“The West Wing”, NBC

MINISERIES
“Bleak House”, PBS
“Elizabeth I”, HBO
“Into The West”, TNT
“Sleeper Cell”, Showtime

MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
“Flight 93”, A&E
“The Flight That Fought Back”, Discovery Channel
“The Girl In The Café”, HBO
“Mrs. Harris”, HBO
“Yesterday”, HBO

REALITY
“Antiques Roadshow”, PBS
“The Dog Whisperer”, National Geographic Channel
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, ABC
“Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List”, Bravo
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit”, Showtime

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
“The Amazing Race”, CBS
“American Idol”, FOX
“Dancing With The Stars”, ABC
“Project Runway”, Bravo
“Survivor”, CBS

ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Kevin James, “The King Of Queens”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Charlie Sheen, “Two And A Half Men”

ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me”
Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24”
Martin Sheen, “The West Wing”

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Charles Dance, “Bleak House”
Donald Sutherland, “Human Trafficking”
Ben Kingsley, “Mrs. Harris”
Jon Voight, “Pope John Paul II”
Andre Braugher, “Thief”

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm In The Middle”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures Of Old Christine”
Stockard Channing, “Out Of Practice”
Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Geena Davis, “Commander In Chief”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Francis Conroy, “Six Feet Under”
Allison Janney, “The West Wing”

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kathy Bates, “Ambulance Girl”
Gillian Anderson, “Bleak House”
Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I”
Judy Davis, “A Little Thing Called Murder”
Annette Bening, “Mrs. Harris”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Will Arnett, “Arrested Development”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”
Bryan Cranston, “Malcolm In The Middle”
Jon Cryer, “Two And A Half Men”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
William Shatner, “Boston Legal”
Oliver Platt, “Huff”
Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos”
Gregory Itzin, “24”
Alan Alda, “The West Wing”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Denis Lawson, “Bleak House”
Hugh Dancy, “Elizabeth I”
Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I”
Robert Carlyle, “Human Trafficking”
Clifton Collins Jr., “Thief”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Alfre Woodard, “Desperate Housewives”
Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”
Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Candice Bergen, “Boston Legal”
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Blythe Danner, “Huff”
Jean Smart, “24”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kelly Macdonald, “The Girl In The Café”
Shirley Jones, “Hidden Places”
Ellen Burstyn, “Mrs. Harris”
Cloris Leachman, “Mrs. Harris”
Alfre Woodard, “The Water Is Wide”

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Patrick Stewart, “Extras”
Ben Stiller, “Extras”
Martin Sheen, “Two And A Half Men”
Alec Baldwin, “Will & Grace”
Leslie Jordan, “Will & Grace”

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Michael J. Fox, “Boston Legal”
Christian Clemenson, “Boston Legal”
James Woods, “ER”
Kyle Chandler, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Henry Ian Cusick, “Lost”

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Shirley Knight, “Desperate Housewives”
Kate Winslet, “Extras”
Cloris Leachman, “Malcolm In The Middle”
Laurie Metcalf, “Monk”
Blythe Danner, “Will & Grace”

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kate Burton, “Grey’s Anatomy, ABC”
Christina Ricci, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Swoosie Kurtz, “Huff”
Patricia Clarkson, “Six Feet Under”
Joanna Cassidy, “Six Feet Under”

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IN A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM
Barry Manilow, “Barry Manilow: Music And Passion”
Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report”
Craig Ferguson, “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”
David Letterman, “Late Show With David Letterman”
Hugh Jackman, “The 59th Annual Tony Awards (2005)”

ANIMATED PROGRAM (less than one hour)

“Camp Lazlo”
“Family Guy”
“Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”
“Late Show With David Letterman”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL

“78th Annual Academy Awards”
“Bill Maher: I’m Swiss”
“George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing”
“McCartney In St. Petersburg”
“The XX Olympic Winter Games – Opening Ceremony”