eBay’s Emmys edge

Online auctioneer picks winners

Need an edge to win those upcoming Emmy office pools? Online auction house eBay has predicted the victors for you, based on its total number of show and star-related items up for bid.

For outstanding comedy series, “Friends” has the leg up on the competition with 340 items on the auction block, nearly three times more than “Ally McBeal,” second at 126. “Everybody Loves Raymond” is the most sluggish at 15.

“ER” is far ahead of the dramatic pack, leading with 377 items, with a video copy of the show’s “Live” episode as a top example. “NYPD Blue” is next at 130, with a show-themed mouse pad as its hot item.

For lead actor in a comedy series, Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) takes the cake at 553, topping Michael J. Fox (“Spin City”), who’s at 328. Bidders can grab autographed photos of both thesps.

In a neck-and-neck race for lead actor in a drama series, Sam Waterston (“Law and Order”) is ahead of Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) by a nose, 50 to 47 respectively. And “NYPD Blue”-starrers Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits are close behind at 44 and 41.

eBay users are mad about Helen Hunt, honoring the nominee for lead actress in a comedy series with 353 up-for-bid items. Second is Calista Flockhart of “Ally McBeal” with 173, and third “Sex in the City” vamp Sarah Jessica Parker with 98.

And “Chicago Hope” starrer Christine Lahti and “The Sopranos” Lorraine Bracco are in a 57 to 47 showdown for lead actress in a drama series, with Bracco showing off her stuff in a 16-video “Sopranos” collection.

The 51st annual Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Fox Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. from the Shrine Auditorium.

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