This year for the first time the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to release the top ten finalists for nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards in the comedy and drama series categories. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the short list was released “to avoid the kind of rumors and confusion that circulated in the wake of the publishing of the unofficial lists on blogs.” Yeah, I don’t know what they’re talking about, either, but I’m guessing they just got sick of entertainment blogs stealing their thunder.
Anyway, on to the lists…
Outstanding Drama Series:
Boston Legal, Damages, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Lost, Mad Men, The Tudors and The Wire.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, The Office, Pushing Daisies, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Ugly Betty and Weeds.
Notable omissions include Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Heroes, The Closer, Rescue Me, The Shield, How I Met Your Mother, and newcomers Breaking Bad and In Treatment. The final list of nominees will be announced July 17.