Networks make a kudo comeback
HOLLYWOOD — Emmy voters put the (Marc) Cherry on top of an amazing year for “Desperate Housewives,” honoring the hot ABC frosh with 15 noms Thursday.
But the “Housewives” have some veteran competition: Aging laffer “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.
The day’s most notable trend may have been the resurgence of broadcasters, with ABC, CBS and Fox all upping their nom tallies and biting into the heels of perennial Emmy faves HBO and NBC.
HBO still led the pack, however, with telepics “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Warm Springs” with 16 each.
Meanwhile, with several Emmy stalwarts out of the running (“Frasier,” “Sex and the City”), fresh faces and rookie shows clawed their way to this year’s nominee list.
Alphabet’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.”
While “Lost” snagged a nom for drama series, most of its ensemble cast was overlooked (excepting two supporting thesp nods). Critically acclaimed but low-rated NBC comedy “Scrubs” finally got some Emmy props, scoring noms for comedy series and star Zach Braff.
But while a slew of fresh faces livened up the acting categories, a nagging sense of sameness hovered over some of the nominations. In addition to “Will & Grace” tying “DH,” “Six Feet Under” and “The West Wing” managed to beat out hotshot newcomers such as “Rescue Me” or “House” in the drama competish.
The reality contest was a virtual carbon copy of last year, albeit with one surprise: Bravo’s “Project Runway.” Notable shows not nominated in the best comedy category: HBO’s “Entourage” and CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”
Overall, HBO once again led with 93 mentions — but that was down from last year’s jaw-dropping 124. HBO ruled the roost even without “Sopranos” and “Curb” thanks to the longforms and series “Deadwood” and “Da Ali G Show.”
“We’re pleased about the breadth of categories we were included in,” HBO topper Chris Albrecht said. “It’s a mark that we’re doing the job that we set out to do.”
CBS was second with 59 noms — the first time the Eye led its network rivals in more than a decade. NBC was next with 54, followed by ABC (51) and Fox, which scored 49 noms — a network best.
The close parity among broadcast webs rivals their neck-and-neck ratings battle among adults 18-49. Just 10 nominations separate first from fourth — the closest the major nets have placed in the Emmy race since the dawn of Fox.
Eye’s return to the top of the broadcast Emmy heap was an especially sweet victory for the net, which couldn’t get arrested at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences a few years ago. CBS’ Emmy woes went so deep that ATAS even ignored “Everybody Loves Raymond” in its first several years on the air.
“I think every network has something to feel good about,” CBS topper Leslie Moonves said.
Eye saw its tally rise from last year’s 44. Experiencing even bigger bumps were ABC, which last year earned just 33 noms, and Fox, which was up from 31.
The ABC jump comes as the net continues to see a resurgence in buzz and ratings.
“It’s nice to have both the critical and Emmy recognition as well as the ratings,” said ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson, who noted that, even with the net’s impressive tally, there were some inevitable disappointments.
“I’ve got so many people I was rooting for,” he said. “Matthew Fox really deserved to be in there, though it was great to see Terry (O’Quinn) and Naveen (Andrews) nominated.”
“DH” creator Marc Cherry said his first emotion Thursday morning was that of humility.
“I’m just grateful after all those years of not working,” he said.
Cherry said he also took “great pleasure” in the skein’s other noms, including those in tech categories such as costume design, main titles and, in particular, casting. “Our casting directors took a lot of out-of-work actors and put them into the hottest ensemble on TV.”
The Emmy leap for Fox comes for a season in which the net also scored its first-ever win among adults 18-49, providing former Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman with a nice capper to her run at the network.
Fox exec VP Craig Erwich, who oversaw development of most of the net’s Emmy-nominated skeins, said, “If you put a good show on, not only can you draw an audience but the quality can come through as well.”
Fox also had extra reason to be proud — it led all webs in nominations for returning series, with 43 (to ABC’s 39).
ABC, CBS and Fox have seen their fortunes rise at the expense of NBC, which was regularly competing with HBO a few years ago for the top tally. This year’s Peacock total is the net’s lowest in recent memory, down from last year’s 65.
NBC also has to be disappointed by some frosh skeins that didn’t get any attention, including the U.S. version of “The Office” and “Friends” spinoff “Joey.”
Save for “Scrubs” and “The Apprentice,” NBC’s series noms in major categories came entirely from series developed at least five years ago. The original edition of “Law & Order,” once an Emmy staple, was completely overlooked. And shows that once garnered mountains of noms — “ER” and “The West Wing” — were reduced to three and five, respectively.
As for specific categories, the drama races offered plenty of changes, though the skeins duking it out for outstanding show were mostly familiar: The only never-nommed skeins this year were “Lost” and HBO’s “Deadwood.”
Acting categories, however, offered plenty of surprises.
Hugh Laurie snagged a nom for his titular doctor role on Fox’s “House,” while Ian McShane finally got noticed for “Deadwood.” James Spader was nominated for the second consecutive year, playing the same role (Alan Shore) he had in “The Practice” but in a different series (spinoff “Boston Legal”).
No-shows in the lead actor competish include Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace”) and, for the first time in the show’s history, “West Wing” lead Martin Sheen.
Arquette and Glenn Close (“The Shield”) add some zest to the lead actress category, which otherwise consists of returning nominees.
In the supporting actor battle, every contender is brand new to the category.As for supporting actress, Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Blythe Danner (“Huff”) and CCH Pounder (“The Shield”) are new to the competish this year. (Pounder has been nominated for other skeins in past years).
On the comedy front, the retirement of “Sex and the City” and hiatus of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” made room for “Desperate Housewives” and surprise nominee “Scrubs.”
Those two shows will compete against last year’s winner, Fox’s “Arrested Development,” as well as former victors “Everybody Loves Raymond” (which picked up the comedy Emmy in 2003) and “Will & Grace” (2000).
“Grace” exec producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick said they were glad to be heading into the show’s final season with so many noms.
“It’s an incredible morale booster,” Mutchnick said. “This is the way the (cast, crew and writers) get to go out.”
With “Housewives,” “Arres
ted” and “Scrubs,” single-camera is well represented in this year’s comedy category.
The comedy actor category is a faceoff between two newbies and three returning winners, as first-time nominees Bateman and Braff go up against Eric McCormack (2001, for “Will & Grace”), Ray Romano (2002, for “Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Tony Shalhoub (2003, for “Monk”).
Joining “Housewives” Cross, Hatcher and Huffman — all of whom were celebrating their first Emmy noms — in the lead comedy actress category are 2000 and 2001 winner Patricia Heaton and “Malcolm in the Middle” star Jane Kaczmarek, a six-time nominee who has never won.
In the supporting categories, Jeremy Piven earned “Entourage’s” only acting nom, for his turn as Ari Gold; and “Two and a Half Men” women Holland Taylor and Conchata Ferrell earned noms, even as the show’s male stars didn’t.
The comedy acting categories are wide open this year, as all four of last year’s winners came from shows that ended their runs.
In comedy writing, “Arrested Development” dominated, earning three of the five nominations (including one shared by creator Mitch Hurwitz), while the “Desperate Housewives” pilot penned by Cherry picked up another, along with the finale of “Everybody Loves Raymond” written by creator Phil Rosenthal, Romano and their team.
While comedy and drama categories featured plenty of churn, that wasn’t the case in the reality and unscripted categories.
In the competitive reality race, Emmy voters passed over newcomers such as “The Contender” and “The Biggest Loser,” as well as never-nommed hits such as “America’s Next Top Model,” in favor mostly of old standbys.
The noncompetitive reality category was just as stagnant, with four returning nominees.
HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Warm Springs” were just one shy of the TV movie record (17 noms, for 1977’s “Eleanor and Franklin”). HBO’s “Empire Falls,” meanwhile, earned 10, tops among miniseries.
“Peter Sellers” earned star Geoffrey Rush a lead actor nomination (his first Emmy mention), while “Warm Springs” scored noms for previous Emmy winners Cynthia Nixon (for “Sex and the City”) and Kenneth Branagh (for “Conspiracy”).
Fellow longform thesps Ed Harris (“Empire Falls”), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Elvis”), Debra Winger (“Dawn Anna”) and S. Epatha Merkerson (“Lackawanna Blues”) join Rush in landing their first-ever Emmy noms.
“Angels in America” swept the longform acting categories last year. As for the variety/music or comedy series category, last year’s winner — Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — faces off with HBO’s “Da Ali G Show” and “Real Time With Bill Maher,” as well as NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Dave Chappelle, whose “Chappelle’s Show” was up in the series category last year (but wasn’t eligible this go round), can take solace in his nomination in the variety/music or comedy special category.And in the new category recognizing exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking, programs picking up nominations were “American Undercover: Last Letters Home” and “Death in Gaza,” both from HBO; PBS’ “Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (American Experience)”; and Discovery Channel’s “With All Deliberate Speed.”
CBS will broadcast the 57th annual Primetime Emmys at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
“Arrested Development” Fox, Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Mitchell Hurwitz, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, exec producers; Richard Rosenstock, Jim Vallely, co-exec producers; Chuck Martin, Barbie Adler, supervising producers; Brad Copeland, producer; John Amodeo, produced by.
“Desperate Housewives” ABC, Touchstone Television. Michael Edelstein, Tom Spezialy, Marc Cherry, exec producers; Kevin Murphy, co-exec producer; Tracy Stern, Alexandra Cunningham, Patty Lin, Larry Shaw, producers; George W. Perkins, produced by.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” CBS, HBO Independent Production and Worldwide Pants in association with Where’s Lunch. Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Stu Smiley, Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, exec producers; Lisa Helfrich Jackson, Tom Caltabiano, Leslie Caveny, co-exec producers; Ken Ornstein, Holli Gailen, producers.
“Scrubs” NBC, Touchstone Television. Bill Lawrence, exec producer; Randall Winston, producer; Tim Hobert, Matt Tarses, Eric Weinberg, Gabrielle Allan, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman, Tad Quill, Bill Callahan, co-exec producers; Mike Schwartz, producer.
“Will & Grace” NBC, KoMut Entertainment in association with Three Sisters Entertainment and NBC. David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, James Burrows, Alex Herschlag, exec producers; Tim Kaiser, Tracy Poust, Jon Kinnally, Gary Janetti, Bill Wrubel, Greg Malins, Kirk Rudell, co-exec producers; Gail Lerner, supervising producer; Bruce Alden, Peter Chakos, Steve Sandoval, Kate Angelo, Sally Bradford, producers.
“Deadwood” HBO, Red Board Prods. and Paramount Television in association with HBO Entertainment. David Milch, Gregg Fienberg, exec producers; Scott Stephens, Jody Worth, supervising producers; Ed Bianchi, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Ted Mann, producers.
“Lost” ABC, Touchstone Television. J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, exec producers; David Fury, Jesse Alexander, co-exec producers; Javier Grillo-Marxuach, supervising producer; Sarah Caplan, Leonard Dick, producers; Jean Higgins, produced by.
“Six Feet Under” HBO, Actual Size and the Greenblatt/Janollari Studios in association with HBO Entertainment. Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari, Alan Poul, Bruce Eric Kaplan, exec producers; Rick Cleveland, Scott Buck, co-exec producers; Jill Soloway, supervising producer; Kate Robin, Robert Del Valle, Lori Jo Nemhauser, producers.
“24” Fox, Real Time Prods. in association with Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Brian Grazer, Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, exec producers; Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Kronish, Peter M. Lenkov, Michael Loceff, Jon Cassar, co-exec producers; Tim Iacofano, producer.
“The West Wing” NBC, John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television. John Wells, Christopher Misiano, Alex Graves, exec producers; Carol Flint, Peter Noah, John Sacret Young, supervising producers; Eli Attie, Kristin Harms, Andrew Stearn, producers; Michael Hissrich, produced by.
“Elvis” CBS, Jaffe/Braunstein Films in association with the Greenblatt/Janollari Studio. Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari, exec producers; Jorg Westerkamp, Thomas Becker, Ilene Kahn Power, co-exec producers; Malcolm Petal, Kim Anderson, supervising producers; Judy Cairo-Simpson, produced by.
“Empire Falls” HBO, a Marc Platt Production, Aspetuck Production & Stone Village Pictures Production in association with HBO Films. Paul Newman, Scott Steindorff, Fred Schepisi, Marc Platt, exec producers; William Teitler, produced by.
“The 4400” USA, Viacom Prods. in association with Renegade 83 Prods. Maira Suro, Ira Behr, Rene Echeverria, exec producers; Scott Peters, co-exec producer; Yves Simoneau, producer; Brent Karl Clackson, produced by.
“The Lost Prince” (Masterpiece Theatre)” PBS, a Talkback Production in association with BBC Films and WGBH Boston. Peter Fincham, David Thompson, Rebecca Eaton, Joanna Beresford, exec producers; John Chapman, producer.
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE
“Lackawanna Blues” HBO, Bellah Films, Good Shepherd Production in association with HBO Films. Halle Berry, Vincent Cirrincione, Shelby Stone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, exec producers; Nellie Rachel Nugiel, producer.“The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers” HBO, DeMann Entertainment and Company Pictures Production in association with HBO Films and BBC Films. Freddy DeMann, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, David M. Thompson, exec producers; Simon Bosanquet, producer.
“The Office Special” BBC America, BBC/BBC America. Jon Plowman, Anil Gupta, exec producers; Paul Lee, exec producer for BBC America; Ash Atalla, producer.
“Warm Springs” HBO, a Mark Gordon Co. Production in association with HBO Films. Mark Gordon, Celia Costas, exec producers; Chrisann Verges, producer.
“The Wool Cap” TNT, Rosemont Prods. Intl. in association with Dag Pond/Sydnyk Works, MAGNA Global Entertainment and Viacom. Frances Croke Page, Elaine Frontain Bryant, David A. Rosemont, exec producers; William H. Macy, Steven Schachter, producers. Irene Litinsky, produced by.
“Antiques Roadshow” PBS, WGBH Educational Foundation. Marsha Bemko, exec producer; Robert Marshall, series producer.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” ABC, Endemol USA. Tom Forman, exec producer; Denise Cramsey, co-exec producer; Mike Maloy, supervising producer; Conrad L. Ricketts, senior producer; Diane Korman, Emily Sinclair, Andy Lipson, producers; Ty Pennington, host.
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” Showtime, Showtime Presents. Mark Wolper, Star Price, exec producers; Penn Jillette, Teller, Michael Goudeau, Tim Rogan, Peter Adam Golden, Ken Krasher Lewis, co-exec producers; Shari Adagio, Jon Hotchkiss, supervising producers; Joshua E. Kessler, Patti Duce, senior producers; Renee Y. Henson, Tammie Smalls, June Molgaard, Aaron Yampolski, Randall Kirk, series producers.
“Project Greenlight” Miramax Television, Magical Elves, Live Planet. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Sean Bailey, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Bob Osher, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, exec producers; Andrew Cohen, Frances Berwick, David Serwatka, exec producers for Bravo; Rich Buhrman, co-exec producer; Gayle Gawlowski, Kevin Morra, supervising producers; Casey Kriley, senior producer; Jennifer Berman, Eli Holtzman, Marc Joubert, Barbara Schneeweiss, Larry Tanz, Alexandra Lipsitz, producers.
“Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” Scout Prods. David Metzler, David Collins, Michael Williams, Frances Berwick, Andrew Cohen, Christian Barcellos, Ray Steele, exec producers; Linda Lea, co-exec producer; Lynn Sadofsky, supervising producer.
“The Amazing Race” CBS, Amazing Race Prods. and Touchstone Television Prods. in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Prods. Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Hayma “Screech” Washington, exec producers; Amy Nabseth Chacon, Evan Weinstein, co-exec producers; Elise Doganieri, John Moffet, Mark Vertullo, supervising producers; Julian Grimmond, Nancy Gunn, Alex Rader, Glenn Stickley, senior producers; Jennifer Basa, David Brown, Patrick Cariaga, Jarratt Carson, Allison Chase, Curtis Colden, Al Edgington, Barry Hennessey, Michael Norton, Michael Noval, Giselle Parets, Bob Parr, Bill Pruitt, Matt Schmidt, Rebekah Fry, Richard Hall, Scott Owens, producers; Phil Keoghan, host.
“American Idol” Fox, FremantleMedia & 19 TV. Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe, Cecile Frot Coutaz, Ken Warwick, exec producers; Charles Boyd, supervising producer; James Breen, senior producer; Simon Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, producers; Ryan Seacrest, host; Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, judges.
“The Apprentice” NBC, Mark Burnett Prods. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Jay Bienstock, exec producers; Conrad Riggs, Kevin Harris, co-exec producers; James Canniffe, Katherine Walker, Seth Cohen, Bill Pruitt, Rob LaPlante, Luciana Brafman Bienstock, Matt Bartley, producers; James Bruce, senior producer.
“Project Runway” Bravo, Magical Elves in association with Miramax Television. Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Jane Cha, Desiree Gruber, exec producers; Heidi Klum, exec producer/host; Shari Levine, Frances Berwick, exec producers for Bravo; Rich Bye, Rich Buhrman, co-exec producers; Gaylen Gawlowski, supervising producer; Sebastian Doggart, Alexandra Lipsitz, producers.
“Survivor” CBS, SEG. Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons, Tom Shelly, exec producers; Vittoria Cacciatore, Kevin Greene, Douglas McCallie, Conrad Riggs, Holly M. Wofford, co-exec producers; David Dale Dryden, senior producer; Kate Adler, Maria Baltazzi, David A. Burris, Eden Gaha, Jesse Jensen, John B. Kirhoffer, Teri Kennedy, Dan Munday, Cathrine Irgens Nilsen, David Pritikin, producers; Jeff Probst, producer/host.
ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Zach Braff, “Scrubs”
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
Ray Romano, “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hank Azaria, “Huff”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Ian McShane, “Deadwood”
James Spader, “Boston Legal”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24”
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kenneth Branagh, “Warm Springs”
Ed Harris, “Empire Falls”
William H. Macy, “The Wool Cap”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “Elvis”
Geoffrey Rush, “The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers”
ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Marcia Cross, “Desperate Housewives”
Teri Hatcher, “Desperate Housewives”
Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle” Fox, Regency Television.
ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Patricia Arquette, “Medium” NBC, Picturemaker Prods./Grammnet/Paramount Network Television.
Glenn Close, “The Shield” FX, Fox Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Frances Conroy, “Six Feet Under”
Jennifer Garner, “Alias” ABC, Touchstone Television
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” NBC, Wolf Films in association with NBC Universal Television Studio.
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Halle Berry, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” ABC, Harpo Films.
Blythe Danner, “Back When We Were Grownups” (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation) CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame Prods.
S. Epatha Merkerson, “Lackawanna Blues.”
Cynthia Nixon, “Warm Springs.”
Debra Winger, “Dawn Anna” Lifetime Television, Revolution Studios in association with My Bench Prods. and Blue Star Pictures for Lifetime Television.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Peter Boyle, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Brad Garrett, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace.”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage” HBO, Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. in association with HBO Entertainment.
Jeffrey Tambor, “Arrested Development.”
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Alan Alda, “The West Wing.”
Naveen Andrews, “Lost.”
Terry O’Quinn, “Lost.”
Oliver Platt, “Huff.”
William Shatner, “Boston Legal”ABC, David E. Kelley Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox Television Studios.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Brian Dennehy, “Our Fathers” Showtime, Showtime Presents in association with Peace Arch Entertainment Group.
Paul Newman, “Empire Falls.”
Christopher Plummer, “Our Fathers.”
Randy Quaid, “Elvis.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Empire Falls.”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Conchata Ferrell, “Two
and a Half Men” CBS, Warner Bros.
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace.”
Doris Roberts, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men.”
Jessica Walter, “Arrested Development.”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Stockard Channing, “The West Wing.”
Tyne Daly, “Judging Amy” CBS, Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with CBS Prods.
Blythe Danner, “Huff.”
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy” ABC, Touchstone Television.
CCH Pounder, “The Shield” FX, Fox Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jane Alexander, “Warm Springs.”
Kathy Bates, “Warm Springs.”
Camryn Manheim, “Elvis.”
Charlize Theron, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”
Joanne Woodward, “Empire Falls.”
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, “Will & Grace.”
Bobby Cannavale, “Will & Grace.”
Victor Garber, “Will & Grace.”
Jeff Goldblum, “Will & Grace.”
Fred Willard, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Red Buttons, “ER” NBC, Constant c Prods. and Amblin TV in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Ossie Davis, “The L Word” Showtime, Showtime Presents, Coast Mountain Films, Posse Prods.
Charles Durning, “NCIS” CBS, Belisarius Prods. in association with Paramount Network Television.
Martin Landau, “Without a Trace” CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with CBSP and Warner Bros. Television Prods.
Ray Liotta, “ER.”
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Blythe Danner, “Will & Grace.”
Georgia Engel, “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives.”
Cloris Leachman, “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Lupe Ontiveros, “Desperate Housewives.”
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Jill Clayburgh, “Nip/Tuck” FX, The Shephard/Robin Co. in association with Warner Bros. Television Prods.
Swoosie Kurtz, “Huff.”
Angela Lansbury, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Trial By Jury” NBC, Wolf Films in association with NBC Universal Television Studio.
Cloris Leachman, “Joan of Arcadia” CBS, Barbara Hall Prods. and CBS Prods. in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Amanda Plummer, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” NBC, Wolf Films in association with NBC Universal Television Studio.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IN A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM
Whoopi Goldberg, “Whoopi Back to Broadway — The 20th Anniversary” HBO, Cream Cheese Films in association with HBO Entertainment.
Hugh Jackman, “58th Annual Tony Awards (2004)” CBS, Tony Award Prods.
Jay Leno, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” NBC, Big Dog Prods. in association with NBC Studios.
Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Comedy Central, Central Prods. and Hello Doggie.
Tracey Ullman, “Tracey Ullman Live & Exposed” HBO, HBO Entertainment.
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY
James Burrows, “Will & Grace” (It’s A Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World)
David Frankel, “Entourage” (Pilot)
Gary Halvorson, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (Finale)
Charles McDougall, “Desperate Housewives” (Pilot)
Randy Zisk, “Monk” (Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine)
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA
J.J. Abrams, “Lost” (Pilot, parts 1 & 2)
Gregg Fienberg, “Deadwood” (Complications)
Alex Graves, “The West Wing” (2162 Votes)
Peter Horton, “Grey’s Anatomy” (A Hard Days Night)
Quentin Tarantino, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (Grave Danger), CBS, Alliance Atlantis Prods. in association with CBSP.
Peter Tolan, “Rescue Me” (Pilot), FX, Apostle, the Cloudland Co. and DreamWorks in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Scott Winant, “Huff” (Crazy, Nuts And All Messed Up)
DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY PROGRAM
James Bobin, “Da Ali G Show” (Rekognize), HBO, Talk Back/Fremantle Media Group in association with HBO Entertainment and C4.
Jerry Foley, “Late Show With David Letterman” (#2269), CBS, Worldwide Pants.
Bucky Gunts, “The Games Of The XXVIII Olympiad – Opening Ceremony” NBC, NBC Olympics.
Louis J. Horvitz, “77th Annual Academy Awards” ABC, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (#9010)
DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Stephen Hopkins, “The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers”
Joseph Sargent, “Warm Springs”
Fred Schepisi, “Empire Falls”
George C. Wolfe, “Lackawanna Blues”
DIRECTING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
Ken Burns, “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson” PBS, Florentine Films in association with WETA Washington, DC..
Bruce Gowers, “American Idol” (Finale)
Patrick Higgins, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (The Dore Family)
James Miller, “Death In Gaza” HBO, HBO Documentaries
Glenn Weiss, “The Apprentice” (season 2 finale)
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
“Da Ali G Show” Sacha Baron Cohen, Dan Mazer, Peter Fincham, exec producers; Jeff Stilson, supervising producer; Erin O’Malley, producer.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, exec producers; Stewart Bailey, co-exec producer; Kahane Corn, David Javerbaum, supervising producers.
“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” NBC, Broadway Video, NBC Studios, Conaco. Lorne Michaels, Jeff Ross, exec producers; Frank Smiley, Daniel Ferguson, supervising producers; Tracy King, producer.
“Late Show with David Letterman” CBS, Worldwide Pants. Maria Pope, Barbara Gaines, Rob Burnett, Jude Brennan, exec producers; Jerry Foley, Matt Roberts, supervising producers; Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Sheila Rogers, producers.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” HBO, Kid Love Prods. and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment. Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Brad Grey, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, exec producers; Dean E. Johnsen, supervising producer; Billy Martin, producer.
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
“77th Annual Academy Awards” Gil Cates, producer.
“Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth” Showtime, Showtime Presents; Pilot Boy Prods.; Rick Mill Prods. Dave Chappelle, Stan Lathan, Kimber Rickabaugh, Jay Larkin, exec producers.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” (The Last Laugh) Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal, Stu Smiley, Rory Rosegarten, Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Mark Herzog, Mark Cowen, exec producers; Tom Caltabiano, Leslie Caveny, Lisa Helfrich Jackson, co-exec producers; Jonathan Buss, Holli Gailen, Ken Ornstein, producers.
“The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad” (Opening Ceremony) Dick Ebersol, exec producer; David Neal, Jim Bell, producers.
“58th Annual Tony Awards” (2004) Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss, exec producers.
SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
“Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple” (Mystery!) PBS, a co-production of London Weekend Television, WGBH Boston and Agatha Christie. Rebecca Eaton, Michele Buck, Damien Timmer, Phil Clymer, exec producers; Matthew Read, producer.
“Jazz at Lincoln Center Grand Opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall — One Family of J
azz” (Live from Lincoln Center) PBS, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. John Goberman, exec producer; Marc Bauman, supervising producer.
“Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ in Concert” (Great Performances) PBS, a co-production of Ellen M. Krass and Thirteen/ WNET New York. Jac Venza, Ellen M. Krass, Mort Swinsky, exec producers; Iris Merlis, Jay Good, producers; David Horn, series producer; John Walker, senior producer of music; Marin Alsop, conductor.
“Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ “ (Live from Lincoln Center) John Goberman, exec producer; Marc Bauman, supervising producer.
“Classical Baby” HBO, HBO Original Programming. Sheila Nevins, exec producer; Dolores Morris, supervising producer; Amy Schatz, Sabina Barach, Beth Levison, Gina B. Legnani, Elissa W. Patterson, Elisabeth K. Wolfe, producers.
“Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Never Again? From the Holocaust to the Sudan” Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon, Lucky Duck Prods. Linda Ellerbee, Rolfe Tessem, exec producers; Wally Berger, supervising producer; Martin D. Toub, producer; Mark Lyons, produced by.
“Pride” A&E, an A&E/BBC co-production in association with John Downer Prods. & ProSieben. Delia Fine, Simon Curtis, Laura Mackie, exec producers. Emilio Nunez, supervising producer; Christopher Hall, John Downer, produced by.
“That’s So Raven” Disney Channel, Brookwell/McNamara Entertainment. Sean McNamara, David Brookwell, Marc Warren, Dennis Rinsler, exec producers; Dava Savel, co-exec producer; Michael Carrington, supervising producer; Sarah Jane Cunningham, Suzie V. Freeman, producers; Patty Gary-Cox, produced by.
“Zoey 101” Nickelodeon, Schnieder’s Bakery, Nickelodeon, Apollo ProScreen. Dan Schneider, Jan Korbelin, Bill O’Dowd, exec producers.
“Beyond the Da Vinci Code” the History Channel, Weller/Grossman Prods. Margaret G. Kim, Robb Weller, Gary H. Grossman, Steve Lange, exec producers; Thomas Quinn, supervising producer; Rob Blumenstein, producer.
“Cary Grant: A Class Apart” TCM, Mine All Mine. Tom Brown, exec producer for TCM; Roger Mayer, George Feltenstein, exec producers for Turner; Melissa Roller, supervising producer for TCM; Robert Trachtenberg, producer.
“Inside the Actors Studio: 10th Anniversary Special” Bravo, a co-production of the Actors Studio, Bravo, Betelgeuse Prods., In The Moment Prods. James Lipton, exec producer/host; Frances Berwick, Christian Barcellos, exec producer for Bravo; Alice Christian, producer.
“Live from New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live” NBC, SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video. Ken Aymong, Rachel Talbot, supervising producers; Ken Bowser, produced by.
“Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” PBS, Florentine Films in assocation with WETA Washington, DC. David Schaye, Paul Barnes, Ken Burns, producers.
“Biography” A&E, A&E Network. Craig Haffner, Donna E. Lusitana, Dierdre O’Hearn, exec producers; Rhys Thomas, Jeff Hasler, supervising producers; Darryl Rehr, produced by.
“Broadway: The American Musical” PBS, a co-production of Ghost Light Films, Thirteen/WNET New York, NHK and BBC in association with Carlton Intl. David Horn, Jac Venza, exec producers; Bill O’Donnell, supervising producer; Michael Kantor, Jeff Dupre, Sally Rosenthal, producers; Julie Andrews, host.
“Cold Case Files” A&E, Kurtis Prods. for A&E Network. Michael T. Harvey, Laura Fleury, exec producers; Tania Lindsay, Mike West, supervising producers; Mary Francis O’Connor, producer.
“Dinner for Five” IFC, IFC Presents a Fairview Entertainment Production. Alison Bourke, Evan Shapiro, Jon Favreau, exec producers; Peter Billingsley, Lisa Tauger Lazar, co-exec producers; Chris Donovan, producer.
“Inside the Actors Studio” James Lipton, exec producer/host; Frances Berwick, Christian Barcellos, exec producers for Bravo; Sabrina Fodor, Jeff Wurtz, producers.
“The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers”
“Will & Grace”
“Everybody Loves Raymond”
“77th Annual Academy Awards”
“Two And A Half Men”
“The Amazing Race”
“Broadway: The American Musical”
“The Games Of The XXVIII Olympiad – Opening Ceremony”
“Late Show With David Letterman”
“Six Feet Under”
“The West Wing”
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Death In Gaza”
“Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival (Great Performances)”
“Faith Of My Fathers”
“Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson”
“The Wool Cap”
“Da Ali G Show”
“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”
“The Lost Prince (Masterpiece Theatre)”
“Malcolm In The Middle”
“Star Trek: Enterprise”
“That ‘70s Show”
“Tracey Ullman Live & Exposed”
“Back When We Were Grownups (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)”
“Beyond The Da Vinci Code”
“A Christmas Carol”
“Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth”
“Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real”
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
“Genius: A Night For Ray Charles”
“The 47th Annual Grammy Awards”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
“The Office Special”
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit!”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Their Eyes Were Watching God”
“58th Annual Tony Awards (2004)”
“Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (Mystery!)”
“America’s Deadliest Season: Alaskan Crab Fishing”
“American Undercover: Last Letters Home”
“Applause – Budweiser”
“Cary Grant: A Class Apart”
“Christmas in Washington”
“Cold Case Files”
“Conquest Of America”
“Dinner For Five”
“Drink Up – Aquafina”
“Everybody Loves Raymond – The Last Laugh”
“Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars”
“First Invasion: The War Of 1812”
“Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends”
“Glen — Starbucks Doubleshot”
“Guerrilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst (American Experience)”
“Hope & Faith”
“Inside The Actors Studio”
“Inside The Actors Studio: 10th Anniversary Special”
“Jazz At Lincoln Center Grand Opening Of Frederick P. Rose Hall – One Family Of Jazz (Live)”
“Justice League Unlimited”
“The L Word”
“The Last Ride”
“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Trial By Jury”
“Legend Of Earthsea”
“Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ In Concert (Great Performances)”
“The Little Prince (Great Performances)”
“Live From New York: The First Five Years Of Saturday Night Live”
“Living With Wolves”
“Mitch Albom’s The Five People
You Meet In Heaven”
“The Muppets’ Wizard Of Oz”
“2005 NAACP Image Awards”
“Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Never Again? From The Holocaust To The Sudan”
“The One Campaign – One.org”
“Pompeii: The Last Day”
“Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Smucker’s Stars On Ice 2005”
“Sometimes In April”
“Star Wars Clone Wars Vol. 2 (Chapters 21-25)”
“Star Wars: Empire Of Dreams”
“Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ (Live From Lincoln Center)”
“Surprise Dinner – Ameriquest Mortgage”
“Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America”
“That’s So Raven”
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”
“Tsunami Aid: A Concert Of Hope”
“2004 Video Music Awards”
“Whoopi Back To Broadway – The 20th Anniversary”
“With All Deliberate Speed”
“Without A Trace”