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SAG Awards Announce Noms

19 December 2008 7:31 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

SAG embraced "Doubt" on Thursday as the nominees for the 15th annual SAG Awards were announced.

The four principals from the Miramax film were all blessed: Meryl Streep, playing a nun convinced of her certitude, was nominated in the best actress category, while Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays the reform-minded priest she challenges, was included in the supporting actor category. Amy Adams and Viola Davis scored noms as supporting actresses. The film took home a fifth nom in the ensemble category for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast.

All four "Doubt" performers were nominated for Golden Globes last week, but the film's ensemble nom gives it a boost in its quest for a best picture Oscar nom after it was denied a slot in the Globes' best drama fold.

Runners-up were Focus' "Milk" and Paramount/Warner Bros.' "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," each with three noms.

On the TV side, »

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List of the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees

18 December 2008 8:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning all while the Guild members are split on whether to move forward with a strike or not... There are certainly a few surprises to be mentioned such as how it looks like Revolutionary Road should start expecting little more than a Kate Winslet nomination as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Shannon and the film itself are not mentioned. Melissa Leo swoops into the Best Actress category and Kristin Scott Thomas swoops out. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) takes the Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) nomination and Robert Downey Jr. also gets in on the action for Tropic Thunder. Will the Academy be as open to Downey's comedic role? Many are talking about Doubt coming out of these nominations, but it really should come as No surprise whatsoever since the top award is based on an ensemble acting piece and in those »

- Brad Brevet

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Doubt Leads Screen Actors Guild Awards

18 December 2008 8:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Drama movie Doubt is the main contender at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards - garnering five nominations.

The picture's star, Meryl Streep, is competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She will go up against Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).

Streep's Doubt co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis will both be battling it out for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, against Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kate Winslet (The Reader).

Philip Seymour Hoffman also received a nod for his performance in Doubt - he is nominated in the best supporting actor category. He will face competition from the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and British newcomer Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

The stars competing for the Best Actor trophy include Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

The nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 25 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Richard Jenkins - The Visitor

Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn - Milk

Brad Pitt - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie - Changeling

Melissa Leo - Frozen River

Meryl Streep - Doubt

Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Josh Brolin - Milk

Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt

Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams - Doubt

Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis - Doubt

Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Kate Winslet - The Reader

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:




Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series:

Ralph Fiennes - Bernard And Doris

Paul Giamatti - John Adams

Kevin Spacey - Recount

Kiefer Sutherland - 24: Redemption

Tom Wilkinson - John Adams

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Laura Dern - Recount

Laura Linney - John Adams

Shirley MacLaine - Coco Chanel

Phylicia Rashad - A Raisin In The Sun

Susan Sarandon - Bernard And Doris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

Michael C. Hall - Dexter

Jon Hamm - Mad Men

Hugh Laurie - House

William Shatner - Boston Legal

James Spader - Boston Legal

Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Sally Field - Brothers + Sisters

Mariska Hargitay - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter - Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Steve Carell - The Office

David Duchovny - Californication

Jeremy Piven - Entourage

Tony Shalhoub - Monk

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?

America Ferrera - Ugly Betty

Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds

Tracey Ullman - Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

Boston Legal



Mad Men

The Closer

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

30 Rock

Desperate Housewives


The Office


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

The Dark Knight

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Iron Man


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series:

Friday Night Lights


Prison Break

The Unit

The Closer

Screen Actors Guild's 45th Life Achievement Award

James Earl Jones. »

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'Doubt' tops SAG Award nominations

18 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The drama "Doubt" topped the list of SAG Award nominations, announced Thursday morning.

With five nominations to its name, the film earned noms for Meryl Streep as outstanding female lead in film, Philip Seymour Hoffman as supporting male, and Amy Adams and Viola Davis as supporting female. Its cast also picked up a fifth mention in the motion picture ensemble category.

On the TV side, the comedy series "30 Rock," the drama series "Mad Men" and "The Closer" and the miniseries "John Adams" all scored three noms each.

A complete list follows:

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role

Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"

Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"

Sean Penn, "Milk"

Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role

Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"

Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"

Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"

Meryl Streep, "Doubt"

Kate Winslet, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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SAG Award Nominees Announced! Full list as well as multiple award nominees.

18 December 2008 12:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® are in. Of those nominated, the male actors in a leading role icluded Richard Jenkins for his performance in "The Visitor," Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler," Sean Penn for his role in "Milk" and Frank Langella in Universal Pictures' "Frost/Nixon." Female leads considered were Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married," Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road," Melissa Leo in "Frozen River," "Meryl Streep for her work in "Doubt" and Angelina Jolie for Clint Eastwood's "Changeling." The list, as sent out by the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) is as follows: Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleRICHARD Jenkins / Walter Vale - "The Visitor" (Overture Films)Frank Langella / Richard Nixon - "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)Sean Penn / Harvey Milk - "Milk" (Focus Features)Brad Pitt »

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First Look: Robert Rodriguez's New Kids Movie Shorts

13 December 2008 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Before Robert Rodriguez starts work on Sin City 2, he's got to finish up another kids movie, in the vein of Spy Kids or Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. The movie is called Shorts and is about a young boy who discovers a "colorful, wish-granting rock" (seen above) that causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it. In addition to William H. Macy, James Spader, and Leslie Mann, Shorts also stars Kat Dennings, Jimmy Bennett, Trevor Gagnon, and Robert's son Rebel Rodriguez. Honestly, I'm quite a bit bewildered by these oddly colorful photos. Shorts is both written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the Spy Kids trilogy as well as Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. Warner Brothers is releasing Shorts in theaters everywhere on August 7th, 2009 - potentially in 3-D. I'm personally not a »

- Alex Billington

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'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Watchmen,' 'Terminator' and More in 2009 Warner Bros. Preview!

12 December 2008 11:48 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Watchmen, Sherlock Holmes and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th

Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over their 2009 picture preview and it is Huge. It includes 22 films and I have added a total of 40 new images from films including the following: Sherlock Holmes Final Destination: Death Trip 3D Where the Wild Things Are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Terminator Salvation Watchmen The Informant Friday the 13th Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Whiteout Orphan Observe and Report He's Just Not That Into You The Hangover 17 Again My Sister's Keeper Shorts Under the Sea 3D The Box Untitled Clint Eastwood Project Ninja Assassin I have included a preview image, the release date, cast, director and synopsis for each film over the next six pages. The brand new, never-before-seen images for several of the releases can be previewed by clicking on the link accompanying each film. Remember, the links open in »

- Brad Brevet

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Sex, Lies, and Videotape returns to Sundance

11 December 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If you had to define the history of American Independent Film with a select few titles you’d want to mention Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 film. Sundance Institute announced today that Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape (Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner) and Wendell B. Harris's Chameleon Street (1990 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize Winner) have been selected for the Festival's From the Collection screenings. sex, lies, and videotape / U.S.A. 1989 (Director/Screenwriter: Steven Soderbergh)—Steven Soderbergh's ground-breaking debut film about a man who films women discussing their sexuality, and his impact on the relationship of a troubled married couple. The Oscar-nominated film won the Audience Award at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is credited for its pivotal role in revolutionizing the independent film movement in the early 1990s. In 2006, sex, lies, and videotape was added to the United »

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Two and a Half Men, William Shatner Drop Heroes

9 December 2008 11:01 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Two and a Half Men was dominant in its return from a holiday break, averaging a Monday- and season-best 15.6 million viewers, Nielsen ratings estimates revealed. NBC's Heroes (7.8 million) was about even with last week, but fell to third in the 9 p.m. hour behind CBS' Two and a Half Men and Worst Week (10.6 million), and the first half of ABC's Boston Legal series finale (9.9 million). (Heroes did run second among the 18-49 set, behind the CBS comedies.) From 9-11 p.m., James Spader's and William Shatner's Boston Legal ended its five-season run before 10.2 million viewers, up about 1 million from its season average. At 8 p.m., The Big Bang Theory (10.8 million) hit a series high, and »

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Boston Legal: Did That Have to be the Last Episode?

9 December 2008 8:33 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After five seasons, Boston Legal said goodbye last night. As you might expect, the David E. Kelley series went out in its own quirky fashion. Did it really have to end?

Boston Legal, a spin-off of The Practice, revolves around the staff of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Alan Shore (James Spader) is the office's most controversial lawyer who takes on the most outlandish cases. His best friend is Denny Crane (William Shatner), a once-legendary litigator who exhibits outrageous behavior due to the advancement of Alzheimer's. Other partners include Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen), Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois), Carl Sack (John Larroquette), and socially-inept Jerry Espensen (Christian Clemenson).

Other ongoing characters have been played by Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, Gary Anthony Williams, Tara Summers, Henry Gibson, Constance Zimmer, Monica Potter, Rhona Mitra, Saffron Burrows, Meredith Eaton, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Mentell, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Betty White, and Craig Bierko.

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'30 Rock' Rules 60th Emmy Awards

21 September 2008 8:43 PM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

Tina Fey's "30 Rock" out-paper/scissored the TV competition Sunday night at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards show in Downtown Los Angeles, winning key awards including Best Comedy Series, Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Fey) and Best Lead Actor (Alec Baldwin).   For the complete list of Emmy winners CLICK HERE! "We are all very grateful to have jobs in this turkey burger economy," said Fey, who singled out her "The New Adventures of Old Christine" fellow nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus as her acting inspiration. "Sometimes on the '30 Rock' set when I don't know how to play a scene, my husband says, 'Just act like Julia Louis-Dreyfus.' Thank you Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- it's really working out for me." In the second consecutive year, the NBC comedy, which received a total of 17 nominations, beat out such heady competition as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage," "The Office" and "Two and a Half Men. »

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The Emmy Award Winner's List!

21 September 2008 8:42 PM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions Tom Purcell, Head Writer The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. Steve Bodow, Head Writer Late Night With Conan O'Brien • NBC • Conaco, Broadway Video, in association with Universal Media Studio Mike Sweeney, Head Writer Late Show With David Letterman • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc. Eric Stangel, Head Writer Justin Stangel, Head Writer Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video Seth Meyers, Head Writer Andrew Steele, Head Writer Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series Flight Of The Conchords • Yoko • HBO • Dakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment James Bobin, Written By Jemaine Clement, Written By Bret McKenzie, Written By The Office • Dinner Party • NBC • Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios Lee Eisenberg, Written By Gene Stupnitsky, »

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'Boston Legal' Star Makes Noise in Time for the Fifth Season Premiere

21 September 2008 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Fans of Boston Legal must be reeling over the fact that their favorite show is heading back to the ABC airwaves for its fifth season tonight at 10pm.  Created by David E. Kelley, Boston Legal returns with James Spader, John Larroquette, Tara Summers, Candice Bergen and William Shatner as they continue on their courtroom battles.

Last week, we brought you some spoilers on what's to come in the new season, and before we tune in tonight at 10pm, let's take another peek into what's going to happen in the season premiere entitled “Smoke Signals.”

Tonight's episode will see Denny and Alan as they dress in their coast guard uniforms and go on board a yacht in which a wild party is in full swing.  As they make their way amongst half naked men and women in their late 20s, Alan flirts with the young woman in charge.  Later, Alan, Denny, »

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60th Primetime Emmys: a night of firsts

20 September 2008 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was a record-breaking night at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, with HBO's "John Adams" establishing a new standard for most wins for a program in a single year and CBS' "The Amazing Race" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" posting unprecedented sixth consecutive best series wins.

Overall, there were few surprises as the three most nominated programs, "John Adams" (23 noms), NBC's "30 Rock" (17) and AMC's "Mad Men" (16) dominated the longform, comedy and drama fields.

With its best drama series trophy, "Mad Men" became the first basic cable program to win a major series category. In addition to the "30 Rock" repeat as best comedy series, its creator/star Tina Fey also won Emmys for lead comedy actress and comedy series writing, while "Mad" walked away with a drama writing Emmy for creator Matthew Weiner.

The haul for "John Adams" included wins for best miniseries, for stars Paul Giamatti, »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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'Boston Legal' Season 5 Spoilers Revealed!

15 September 2008 12:30 AM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

While fans are getting anxious about Boston Legal’s fifth season, which returns on Monday, September 22 at 10pm on ABC, we bring you a whole load of spoilers to pique your interest on the show, which stars James Spader, John Larroquette, Christian Clemenson, Tara Summers, Candice Bergen and William Shatner.  In fact, SpoilerBuzz reports that Kimberly Williams-Pasley will be taking on a guest starring role on the upcoming season of Boston Legal.  Joining her will be Betty White, who will be reprising her guest starring role of Catherine Piper.

Check out more spoilers after the jump!

SpoilerFix reports some juicy details on what’s to come in the first few episodes of Boston Legal’s fifth season.  In fact, the season premiere entitled “Smoke Signals,” will follow Alan and Denny as they don their coast guard uniforms and board a yacht, where a wild party is taking place.  The »

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Eric Stoltz Heads to 'Fort McCoy'

3 September 2008 4:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

One man to not truly break through the 1980s stigma and revamp his career is Eric Stoltz. James Spader did a heck of a job with it, now being smarmy fun on Boston Legal, as did the likes of Jon Cryer, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and more. But then again, even Stoltz's '80s classics, Mask and Some Kind of Wonderful, were drowned by the likes of Molly Ringwald and her swarm of teen romances, so it's not like he ever had a bit spotlight.

Stoltz remains a bit on the outside, but still working as hard as ever. He's got a bit of a role in Milk, and now Variety reports that he's joining a wartime indie drama called Fort McCoy. Along with the likes of Brendan Fehr, Camryn Manheim, Lyndsy Fonseca, Seymour Cassel, and Kate Connor, Stoltz is nestled in Wisconsin shooting the true story, based on a script from Connor. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Emmys to honor memorable lines

12 August 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate some of TV's most memorable lines from the past six decades in honor of the ceremony's 60th anniversary.

The lines, which may include "Good night, John Boy" or "Live long and prosper," will be recited by such TV stars as Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, Kelsey Grammer, Heidi Klum, Denis Leary, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Piven, Doris Roberts, William Shatner, James Spader and Donald Trump during the ceremony, which airs from 8-11 p.m. Sept. 21 on ABC.

"Celebrating the academy's 60th birthday will be an important part of this year's Emmy show, but we wanted to do it in a way that tied several generations of television's past to the present," executive producer Ken Ehrlich said. »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Cable is aces for Primetime Emmys

18 July 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cable networks shattered Emmy's glass ceiling Thursday.

After no other cable network besides HBO had ever been able to break into the best series categories, three cablers -- AMC, FX and Showtime -- made their debut among the nominees in the top fields at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In doing so, they also broke their previous Emmy nom records, as did Bravo and Sci Fi Channel.

Cable's breakthrough performance also comes just as the broadcast networks are reeling from a tough season, scarred by the effects of the writers strike.

AMC's period drama "Mad Men" landed 16 nominations, including best drama series and best lead actor for star Jon Hamm.

In the drama series category, it was joined by FX's "Damages" and Showtime's "Dexter."

"Not only is this an incredible affirmation of everything we've done on the show, it's part of a shattering of the network TV monopoly," "Mad Men" creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner said.

"The TV academy and its members finally recognized cable television in an unprecedented way," "Damages" co-creator/exec producer Todd Kessler said. "What I hope it ultimately means is that more shows and more people will embrace opportunities away from network TV -- and hopefully network TV will reflect, in terms of content and storytelling, what's going on in other areas of television."

Also nominated for best drama series are ABC's "Lost," which returns to the category after a two-year absence coming off one of its strongest seasons, along with ABC's "Boston Legal" and Fox's "House."

Missing the cut were ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," whose snub is even more surprising because the category was expanded to six series this year, and NBC's critical darling "Friday Night Lights."

The Peacock's "30 Rock" led the series field with 17 noms, including best comedy series and lead acting honors for Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

The show's tally is the largest ever for a comedy series in a single year, surpassing the 16 for HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" in 1997.

In the comedy series category, defending champ "30 Rock" will face 2006 winner "The Office" and HBO's "Entourage" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." CBS' "Two and a Half Men" is the lone representative of the multicamera sitcom genre in the category dominated by single-camera half-hours.

Toon "Family Guy's" quest to make history with a best comedy series nomination came up short after making the list of 10 finalists. (It still landed a nom in an animated program category.) Also absent from the comedy series category: ABC's much-lauded freshman "Pushing Daisies."

Overall, HBO miniseries "John Adams" was the most-nominated program with 23 mentions, including best miniseries and lead acting noms for Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

Not surprisingly, HBO bagged the most nominations among all the networks, 85, followed by ABC with 76 and CBS with 51.

As strong a presence as cable had in the best series categories, its dominance in the lead drama acting categories was even more impressive.

Four actors on cable series -- Hamm, Michael C. Hall of "Dexter," Bryan Cranston of AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Gabriel Byrne of HBO's "In Treatment" -- made the list, joined by returning contenders James Spader of "Boston Legal" and Hugh Laurie of "House."

On the distaff side, Glenn Close of "Damages," Holly Hunter of TNT's "Saving Grace" and Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer" are facing the past two winners in the category: Sally Field of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" and Mariska Hargitay of NBC's "Law & Order: Svu."

In the lead comedy actress category, Fey -- who won the Golden Globe in January for her starring role on "30 Rock" -- will compete against past winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus of CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and America Ferrera of ABC's "Ugly Betty," along with Mary-Louise Parker for Showtime's "Weeds" and Christina Applegate for ABC's freshman comedy "Samantha Who?"

Notably missing are the ladies of Wisteria Lane as ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was shut out of the top categories.

In the lead actor in a comedy series field, Steve Carell will have his third shot at an Emmy for his role on "The Office." He is going up against three-time winner Tony Shalhoub of USA's "Monk," Baldwin, Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men" and Lee Pace of "Pushing Daisies."

While new cable series were red-hot, freshmen broadcast series barely registered this go-round, with just a handful of acting nominations. Last year, three rookies -- "30 Rock," "Ugly Betty" and NBC's "Heroes" -- earned best series noms; "30 Rock" won.

But this past season, freshmen series were heavily impacted by the writers strike, and many of them, including "Pushing Daisies," didn't produce more episodes beyond their short fall runs.

The work stoppage affected all broadcast series, which produced fewer episodes, and the long winter drought of originals might have steered viewers, including TV academy members, to cable.

Louis-Dreyfus said it was a "huge relief" to get nominated because the show shot only 10 episodes because of the strike.

"I thought any chance of getting any nomination was slim for that reason," she said.

Coincidence or not, all of the broadcast series that landed in the top categories aired original episodes in the spring.

"House" almost didn't, as Fox originally opted not to order more originals after the strike. It eventually did, and one of these extra episodes yielded a nom for director Greg Yaitanes.

While there might have been some impact from the strike, the recognition for cable mostly is a reflection of its creative strides in the past few years, said "House" creator/exec producer David Shore.

"With the gains they've made, it's long overdue," he said. "The way for us to keep up is by trying to do as good television as we can."

Additionally, the tally of some cable networks, including Showtime, may have been boosted by their decisions to stream episodes or full seasons on the Web for TV academy members.

Nominees in the top categories were announced at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences by Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and academy chairman John Shaffner.

The Emmy ceremony will be held Sept. 21 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast on ABC.

Ray Richmond contributed to this report.

A list of nominees is on the next page.

A list of nominees follows:

Outstanding drama series

Boston Legal (ABC)

Damages (FX)

Dexter (Showtime)

House (Fox)

Lost (ABC)

Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding comedy series

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Entourage (HBO)

The Office (NBC)

30 Rock (NBC)

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Outstanding miniseries

The Andromeda Strain (A&E)

Cranford (PBS)

John Adams (HBO)

Tin Man (Sci Fi Channel)

Outstanding made-for-television movie

Bernard and Doris (HBO)

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (HBO)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Lifetime)

A Raisin in the Sun (ABC)

Recount (HBO)

Outstanding variety, music or comedy series

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Lead actor in a comedy series

Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA)

Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)

Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (ABC)

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)

Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Lead actor in a drama series

James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)

Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)

Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)

Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (HBO)

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)

Lead actor in a miniseries or movie

Ralph Fiennes, Bernard and Doris (HBO)

Ricky Gervais, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (HBO)

Paul Giamatti, John Adams (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, Recount (HBO)

Tom Wilkinson, Recount (HBO)

Lead actress in a comedy series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)

Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)

America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)

Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)

Lead actress in a drama series

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)

Glenn Close, Damages (FX)

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Svu (NBC)

Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)

Lead actress in a miniseries or movie

Catherine Keener, An American Crime (Showtime)

Susan Sarandon, Bernard and Doris (HBO)

Judi Dench, Cranford (PBS)

Laura Linney, John Adams (HBO)

Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun (ABC)

Supporting actor in a comedy series

Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)

Kevin Dillon, Entourage (HBO)

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Supporting actor in a drama series

William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)

Ted Danson, Damages (FX)

Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)

Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)

John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

David Morse, John Adams (HBO)

Stephen Dillane, John Adams (HBO)

Tom Wilkinson, John Adams (HBO)

Denis Leary, Recount (HBO)

Bob Balaban, Recount (HBO)

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)

Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)

Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)

Supporting actress in a drama series

Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (ABC)

Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Dianne Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)

Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

Eileen Atkins, Cranford (PBS)

Ashley Jensen, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale (HBO)

Alfre Woodard, Pictures of Hollis Woods (CBS)

Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun (ABC)

Laura Dern, Recount (HBO)

Guest actor in a comedy series

Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Rip Torn, 30 Rock (NBC)

Will Arnett, 30 Rock (NBC)

Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock (NBC)

Tim Conway, 30 Rock (NBC)

Guest actor in a drama series

Stanley Tucci, ER (NBC)

Glynn Turman, In Treatment (HBO)

Robin Williams, Law & Order: Svu (NBC)

Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)

Oliver Platt, Nip/Tuck (FX)

Charles Durning, Rescue Me (FX)

Guest actress in a comedy series

Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Sarah Silverman, Monk (USA)

Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock (NBC)

Edie Falco, 30 Rock (NBC)

Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock (NBC)

Guest actress in a drama series

Ellen Burstyn, Big Love (HBO)

Diahann Carroll, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Cynthia Nixon, Law & Order: Svu (NBC)

Anjelica Huston, Medium (NBC)

Sharon Gless, Nip/Tuck (FX)

Individual performance in a variety or music program

Jon Stewart, 80th Annual Academy Awards (ABC)

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

Don Rickles, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (HBO)

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Host for a reality or reality-competition program

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal (NBC)

Heidi Klum, Project Runway (Bravo)

Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)

Directing for a comedy series

Entourage -- No Cannes Do; Dan Attias, director

Flight of the Conchords -- Sally Returns; James Bobin, director

The Office -- Money (Parts 1 & 2); Paul Lieberstein, director

The Office -- Goodbye, Toby; Paul Feig, director

Pushing Daisies -- Pie-Lette; Barry Sonnenfeld, director

30 Rock -- Rosemary's Baby; Michael Engler, director

Directing for a drama series

Boston Legal -- The Mighty Rogues; Arlene Sanford, director

Breaking Bad -- Pilot; Vince Gilligan, director

Damages -- Pilot; Allen Coulter, director

House -- House's Head; Greg Yaitanes, director

Mad Men -- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Pilot); Alan Taylor, director

Outstanding animated program (less than one hour)

Creature Comforts America (CBS)

King of the Hill (Fox)

Robot Chicken (Cartoon Network)

SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)

The Simpsons (Fox)

Outstanding animated program (one hour or more)

Blue Harvest (Fox)

Imaginationland (Comedy Central)

Justice League: The New Frontier (Warner Bros. on Demand)

Click here for a complete list of nominees. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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A Prize Fight

17 July 2008 9:23 PM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

The Emmy awards changed the plot completely yesterday.

Nominations for TV's highest awards were announced yesterday and, for the first time, cable TV - not the traditional broadcast shows - rocked the house.

"This was the watershed breakthrough year for the Emmys," says Tom O'Neil of online awards site

"Networks like Showtime, AMC and FX didn't just get into the race - they knocked the door down!"

Dramas like "Mad Men," "Dexter" and "Damages" humbled more highly rated shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives" which »


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Reality Competition Hosts To Be Honoured At 2008 Emmys

17 July 2008 9:03 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and supermodel Heidi Klum have picked up their first Emmy nominations, after the 2008 Primetime TV Awards introduced the category of top host for a reality competition show.

The presenters will go up against Dancing With the Stars' Tom Bergeron, as well as Deal or No Deal's Howie Mandel and Survivor's Jeff Probst to take home the first honour.

Mad Men picked up 16 nods, the most nominations of any drama series, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor for its lead, Jon Hamm.

Hamm will face actors Hugh Laurie, for House; Michael C. Hall, for Dexter; Gabriel Byrne, for In Treatment; Bryan Cranston, for Breaking Bad; and James Spader, for Boston Legal.

Meanwhile, 30 Rock was the frontrunner in the comedy category, with 17 nominations, including best series - a gong the show took home last year - and leading actor, Alec Baldwin, and actress for Tina Fey, the show's creator.

The winners for the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be unveiled on 21 September at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

A list of nominees is as follows:

Best Series, Drama:

Boston Legal





Mad Men

Best Series, Comedy:

30 Rock

Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Office

Two And A Half Men

Best Actor, Drama:

James Spader - Boston Legal

Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall - Dexter

Hugh Laurie - House

Gabriel Byrne - In Treatment

Jon Hamm - Mad Men

Best Actor, Comedy:

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Tony Shalhoub - Monk

Lee Pace - Pushing Daisies

Steve Carell - The Office

Charlie Sheen - Two And A Half Men

Best Actress, Drama:

Sally Field - Brothers + Sisters

Glenn Close - Damages

Mariska Hargitay - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter - Saving Grace

Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer

Best Actress, Comedy:

Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures Of Old Christine

America Ferrera - Ugly Betty

Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series:

William Shatner - Boston Legal

Ted Danson - Damages

Zeljko Ivanek - Damages

Michael Emerson - Lost

John Slattery - Mad Men

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series:

Jeremy Piven - Entourage

Kevin Dillon - Entourage

Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother

Rainn Wilson - The Office

Jon Cryer - Two And A Half Men

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series:

Candice Bergen - Boston Legal

Rachel Griffiths - Brothers + Sisters

Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy

Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy

Dianne Wiest - In Treatment

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series:

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies

Jean Smart, Samantha Who?

Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

Holland Taylor, Two And A Half Men

Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Outstanding Reality Competition Program:

American Idol

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

The Amazing Race

Top Chef

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality Competition Program:

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

Howie Mandel, Deal Or No Deal

Heidi Klum, Project Runway

Jeff Probst, Survivor. »

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