Emmy nominees announced

July 17, 2008
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The Emmy Awards don't have the same cache--or offer the same box-office boost--as the Oscars or the Tonys. But they do lend prestige to the TV shows and talent that win them.

Because much of my evening time is spent at live arts events (and since I have yet to join the TiVo generation) I don't catch a lot of what's new on TV. So I ask you, is this the best of what's available?

Best Comedy
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“Entourage” (HBO)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Two and a Half Men” (CBS)

DRAMA SERIES
“Boston Legal” (ABC)
“Damages” (FX)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“House” (Fox)
“Lost” (ABC)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

MINISERIES
"The Andromeda Strain" (A&E)
"Cranford" (Masterpiece Theatre)
"John Adams" (HBO)

Anything missing?

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

And remember to visit www.ibj.com/arts for a look at this week's IBJ A&E preview on Fox 59.
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  • My 14-year-old daughter has gotten us all hooked on the comedy Scrubs this summer: Bring up the list of My Recordings on our DVR, and all you see are Scrubs episodes. It's clever, funny and has a message, reminiscent of the later M*A*S*H episodes.
  • It's not surprising, but once again the Emmys have snubbed The Wire, which I say without hyperbole is the greatest show in the history of television. (Yeah, it's that good.) It's a show that breaks all of the rules of television and succeeds like an epic novel. I've never been the biggest fans of the Emmys, but I'm glad that LOST and Pushing Daisies got a handful of nominations.
  • Typically, to me, the Emmy's are a joke - but I'm glad Lost got nominated. I'm surprised Michael Emerson who plays Ben wasn't nominated for best actor in a drama. Do people really watch Two & a Half Men? Why must there be so many reality tv categories? I've heard from several people that The Wire is an excellent show and more than once that it is one of the greatest shows ever. I just never got into it. I love Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, John Adams, Lost, and the Colbert Report. I hope they get some wins.
  • 30 Rock is one of the best comedies to come around in some time. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are hilarious, and the rest of the oddball characters are perfectly cast. Love it!
  • Go 30 Rock!
  • Well I'm glad lost was nominated, and 30 rock too! but I'm rooting for HOUSE!

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