By Jo Cavallo
Updated July 18, 2002 12:10 PM
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HBO hit series “Six Feet Under” led the pack with 23 Emmy nominations when the award hopefuls were announced this morning, reports the Associated Press, with NBC’s White House drama, “The West Wing,” taking a close second with 21 nominations. Both shows were nominated for best drama; rounding out the category are CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” NBC’s “Law & Order” and Fox’s espionage thriller, “24.” Nominees in the best comedy category included last year’s winner, HBO’s “Sex and the City,” CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” NBC’s “Friends” and “Will & Grace” and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Best actor nominations went to Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall, who play funeral-director brothers on “Six Feet Under,” Martin Sheen for “The West Wing,” Michael Chiklis for “The Shield” and Kiefer Sutherland for “24.” Best actress nominees included Rachel Griffiths and Frances Conroy of “Six Feet Under,” Amy Brenneman for “Judging Amy,” Jennifer Garner for “Alias” and last year’s best supporting actress winner, Allison Janney for “The West Wing.” Best comedy actor nods went to “Friends” Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, Kelsey Grammer of “Frasier,” Bernie Mac of “The Bernie Mac Show” and Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Best comedy actress nominees include last year’s winner, Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle,” Debra Messing of “Will & Grace,” Jennifer Aniston of “Friends” and Sarah Jessica Parker of “Sex and the City.” HBO led the networks in overall nominations, racking up a total of 93 (HBO, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), followed by NBC with 89, CBS with 50, ABC with 35 and Fox with 33. No word yet on who will host the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast on NBC Sept. 22.