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Emmy hot for ‘Housewives’

Emmy voters put the (Marc) Cherry on top of an amazing year for “Desperate Housewives,” honoring the hot ABC newcomer with 15 nominations Thursday. But the “Housewives” have some veteran competition: Aging comedy “Will & Grace” surprised just about everyone by scoring just as many nominations — several thanks to its parade of high-profile guest stars — for the show’s most mentions ever. Leading the pack, however, were HBO movies “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Warm Springs” with 16 each. Meanwhile, with several Emmy faves out of the running, fresh faces and rookie shows clawed their way to this year’s nominee list. ABC’s desert island drama “Lost” led all drama rivals with 12 noms, including multiple mentions for series co-creator J.J. Abrams. Only a handful of last year’s finalists in the series and acting categories made it back to this year’s list. Some shows that usually garner tons of Emmy love, like HBO’s “The Sopranos” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” weren’t eligible because no new episodes were produced during the 2004-2005 season. Other perennial Emmy nominees, like “Frasier” and “Sex and the City,” had already retired, opening the door for a new generation of honorees. They include Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development” for lead comedy actor and three of the four main “Housewives” — Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman — in the lead comedy actress category. Then there are the semi-shockers such as Patricia Arquette for “Medium” and Hank Azaria in Showtime’s little-seen “Huff.”

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