Emmy contenders on DVD

A dozen noms heading to disc format this fall

30 Rock: Season 1
Available Sept. 4
This three-disc set provides a great opportunity for legions of those missing out to catch up with what’s happening at the “Girlie Show” and GE’s “microwave programming” division. Bonus features include commentary from creator-star Tina Fey and deleted scenes.

Boston Legal: Season 3
Available Sept. 18
The Alphabet skein, produced by David E. Kelley, generated noms this year for drama series, actor (James Spader), supporting actor (William Shatner) and guest actor (Christian Clemenson). This seven-disc set captures all of Spader and Shatner’s quippy, snippy dialogue and includes two featurettes.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Available Sept. 11
The pay-cable mini leads all comers this year with 17 noms. Retailing for $26.98, the two-disc set makes it available for non-HBO subscribers who prefer ordering a la carte, and thus avoid paying for “John From Cincinnati,” too. Commentaries and featurettes are thrown in.

Entourage: Season 3, Part 2
Available Oct. 2
HBO split up season three so that there was an eight-month break between episode 12 (when “Medellin” fell apart and Ari got canned) and the final eight installments, which led right into the ongoing season four. This two-disc set contains those final eight installments.

Friday Night Lights: The First Season
Available Tuesday
Like “30 Rock,” “Lights” is a best-series-tapped, critically acclaimed, viewer-challenged (5.7 million avg.) rookie skein that would certainly benefit from having a few folks discover it via a five-disc DVD set. Bonus material includes a making-of docu, cast commentaries and deleted scenes.

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 3
Available Sept. 11
This seven-disc “Seriously Extended” edition includes extended episodes, a featurette in which viewers get to “hang” with star Patrick Dempsey, audio commentaries … and the usual assortment of romance and heartache juxtaposed against melancholy pop tunes.

Heroes: Season 1
Available Tuesday
This seven-disc set includes a 73-minute uncut edition of creator-exec producer Tim Kring’s original pilot, an interactive viewer test to gauge mind-reading ability, a making-of featurette, and docus on stunts and f/x. Best of all, viewers can skip the go-nowhere romances and fast-forward to the people-blowing-up parts.

House M.D., Season 3
Available now
The five-disc set includes a version of the “Cane and Able” episode with an alternate ending, a making-of docu focused on the penultimate “The Jerk” installment, a tour of the production offices, footage of star Hugh Laurie recording a soundtrack song, a look at the show’s prop department and a blooper reel.

The Office: Season 3
Available Sept. 4
The four-disc set includes more than three hours worth of deleted scenes, a 16-minute blooper reel, a musicvid starring Dwight Schrute (Emmy nommed Rainn Wilson), cast commentaries, a “Lazy Scranton” vid parody, and actual entries from the Peacock’s “Make Your Own Promo” contest.

Prime Suspect 7 – The Final Act
Acorn Media
Available Sept. 11
In the much-anticipated final installment of the U.K. franchise, battle-scarred Supt. Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is ready is ready to call it a crime-fighting career — but, of course, the London PD keeps pulling her back in. The two-disc set includes a behind-the-scenes docu.

Two and a Half Men: Complete First Season
Available Sept. 11
Season four generated seven Emmy noms, including comedy series. Fans waiting for the skein — which is now TV’s top-rated laffer — to finally migrate to DVD will be buoyed by this four-disc first-season set, which also includes a featurette, a backstage tour and a gag reel.

Ugly Betty: Complete First Season
Available now
The six-disc “Bettyfied Edition” includes the docu “Becoming Betty,” which contains interviews with most of the cast, while the satirical “A La Mode” goes behind the scenes of the fictional Mode magazine. Deleted scenes and audio commentaries are also included.

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