Emmy gives other skeins a chance to start winning streaks

Although it would be easy to second-guess the Emmys and complain about who and what didn’t get nominated — no Edie Falco, no “Lost” — it also wouldn’t be fair to those who made the cut.

There were scores of deserving shows, actors, directors, writers and craftspeople whose names were called during the wee hours of July 6 and who’ll now vie for TV’s top prizes.

There are all kinds of newcomers on the comedy front. Viewers have long recognized TV’s most-watched laffer, the Eye’s “Two and a Half Men,” and now voters are appreciating it, too; NBC enters the race with a double-barreled combination of TCA comedy winner “The Office” and “Scrubs”; love him or hate him, Larry David, with his personal brand of cynicism in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has now seen his show nominated four times; and former champ “Arrested Development” asks voters to bless the Bluths once again.

The drama race mixes Emmy faves such as “The West Wing,” which hopes to go out on top and end its Peacock run with an astounding five wins; second-year skeins such as “House” and TCA program of the year champ “Grey’s Anatomy,” which each have as much momentum — both critically and Nielsenwise — as any show out there right now; edge-of-your-seat thriller “24,” the Fox skein that might’ve had its best season ever; and, of course, HBO’s mob saga “The Sopranos.”

With last year’s winners — castaway drama “Lost” and the retired “Everybody Loves Raymond” — unable to defend their crowns, Emmy has the opportunity to give a well-crafted skein a chance to start its own winning streak.

And as the curmudgeon good doctor on “House,” that good news might even put a smile on Hugh Laurie’s face.

– Stuart Levine, Senior Editor, V Plus

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