Emmy gold is shining on this season’s hot newcomer Desperate Housewives and on veteran sitcom Will & Grace, which each scored 15 nominations from the TV academy, it was announced Thursday.
Though the shows are both in the running for outstanding comedy series, there were omissions in their parade of nominations. Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan didn’t make the cut for acting, though costars Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman did.
Similarly, Debra Messing, the Grace of Will & Grace, was left off the list, leaving the race to the housewives and Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Patricia Heaton and Malcolm in the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek.
Other heavies in the laughs department were the 13 nominations – including outstanding comedy series and leading actor Ray Romano – for Raymond, which wrapped after nine seasons. Other best comedy contenders are Arrested Development and Scrubs.
The new ABC drama Lost, about crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island, is up for 12 Emmys, including best drama. Other best drama contenders are Deadwood, Six Feet Under, 24 and the veteran White House drama The West Wing – though Emmy staple Allison Janney for once was not nominated.
Newlywed Jennifer Garner is up for lead actress in a drama for Alias, and she will vie with Patricia Arquette (Medium), Glenn Close (The Shield), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) for the honor.
James Spader, last year’s winner of the lead actor in a drama series award, was nominated again for Boston Legal. Other nominees were Hank Azaria for Huff, Hugh Laurie for House, Ian McShane for Deadwood and Kiefer Sutherland for 24.
Besides Romano, in the running for best comedy series actor are Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Zach Braff (Scrubs), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk).
The comedy categories opened up considerably this year given last season’s final departures of the usually nomination-heavy Friends, Frasier and Sex and the City. In addition, Emmy darling Curb Your Enthusiasm was on hiatus during this year’s qualifying period.
As is becoming a tradition, premium cable channel HBO (which led all networks with 93 nominations) dominated the made-for-TV movie category with two of its films, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a biopic about the late Pink Panther comedian starring Geoffrey Rush, and Warm Springs, about Franklin Roosevelt’s struggle with adult polio, each earning 16 nominations.
CBS will broadcast the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sept. 18 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. A host has yet to be named.
Here’s a rundown of the major categories:
• Drama Series
Six Feet Under
The West Wing
• Comedy Series
Everybody Loves Raymond
Will & Grace
The Lost Prince
• Made-for-TV Movie
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
The Office Special
The Wool Cap
• Lead Actor, Drama
Hank Azaria, Huff
Hugh Laurie, House
Ian McShane, Deadwood
James Spader, Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
• Lead Actress, Drama
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Glenn Close, The Shield
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
• Lead Actor, Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
• Lead Actress, Comedy
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle