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Heavy hitters

A look at veteran comedies that will likely be in the mix this year

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Fox)
SEASON: 3rd and final
STREET CRED: Critically lauded, viewer deprived single-camera series garnered 18 noms in just two campaigns, winning for writing twice and series in 2004. Crix weren’t exactly thrilled with its sign-off, however.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
SEASON: 5th
STREET CRED: “Curb” was been tapped for comedy series every year it’s been eligible. The erstwhile Life of Larry, in which viewers have a love-hate relationship, has garnered 20 noms in all, winning once for Robert Weide’s direction.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
SEASON: 2nd
STREET CRED: This ABC non-sitcom dominated the laffer acting categories last year, garnering lead actress noms for Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher and a trophy for Felicity Huffman. The series won six Emmys on 15 noms.

ENTOURAGE (HBO)
SEASON: 2nd
STREET CRED: Nominated for director and casting, as well as supporting actor for Jeremy Piven, who many thought should’ve taken home a statue. Crix widely praised the series’ second season.

MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (Fox)
SEASON: 7th and final
STREET CRED: It’s fallen off critics’ single-cam radar, but Jane Kaczmarek and Cloris Leachman have been tapped in the respective lead and guest actress categories almost every year since season one.

MONK (USA)
SEASON: 4th
STREET CRED: Star Tony Shalhoub has been tapped for lead actor three times, winning twice. The show has lost much of its juice but how that affects Shalhoub – who just took home a Golden Globe, too — is tough to say.

THE OFFICE (NBC)
SEASON: 2nd
STREET CRED: NBC is hoping an Emmy or two will lift this one even higher into the TV stratosphere. It’s the show’s first eligible Emmy campaign, but star Steve Carell already took home a Golden Globe.

SCRUBS (NBC)
SEASON: 5th
STREET CRED: Super-smart single-camera laffer has one trophy (picture editing) to show for its eight noms. Critics love it — as evidenced by a TCA nom — but Emmy voters have been much cooler.

TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
SEASON: 3rd
STREET CRED: The erstwhile keeper to the Eye’s Monday night “Raymond” throne has nine noms but no significant wins. Tough to say how creator Chuck Lorre’s caustic lobbying efforts help or hurt the skein.

WILL & GRACE (NBC)
SEASON: 8th and final
STREET CRED: One of the more successful comedies in Emmy history, with 14 trophies and 73 noms. It’s been tapped for comedy series every year since 2000 and all four of its stars have won once.

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