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Traditionally, USA doesn't do well in the Emmy drama writing competition, but if that happens again, it won't be for lack of trying.

The popular cabler and its scribes swarmed this year's Emmy writing submissions, putting forth 10 apiece for "Burn Notice, "Covert Affairs" and "Fairly Legal" (with Sarah Shahi, above) — more than any other program. USA also submitted nine episodes of "Necessary Roughness," eight times for "Psych," seven for "In Plain Sight" and "White Collar" and six for "Royal Pains" and "Suits."

In contrast, a strong contender for a drama series nom, "Downton Abbey," submitted only one episode for writing honors — a well-chosen one, its Christmastime season finale. TV Academy voters who are fans of the show will have an easy time locking in on their choice.

Similarly, the only broadcast drama to earn a 2011 series nom, CBS' "The Good Wife," submitted once in writing as well (in contrast to eight for "Person of Interest," most among broadcast dramas). FX's "Louie," a nominee last year in comedy writing, also has one submission in 2012, for its season-two opener in which Louie gets help dealing with his ailing sister from a neighbor. 

I would imagine that the mass submissions might make it harder for a USA show to win, given all the voting options they provide, but perhaps the reward is just to see all those USA episodes on the ballot. (The names of the writers themselves, interestingly, don't appear.) On the other hand, the comedy writing champ from 2011, "Modern Family," leads all laffers with nine submissions in 2012.

Here's the full list of drama and comedy series that submitted at least four episodes for a writing Emmy.

PersonDrama
10 – “Burn Notice”
10 – “Covert Affairs”
10 – “Fairly Legal”
9 – “Necessary Roughness”
8 – “Person of Interest” (right)
8 – “Sons of Anarchy”
8 – “Spartacus: Vengeance”
7 – “Breaking Bad”
7 – “In Plain Sight”
7 – “Justified”
7 – “The Killing”
7 – “Mad Men”
7 – “White Collar”
6 – “Boardwalk Empire”
6 – “Hell on Wheels”
6 – “Royal Pains”
6 – “Suits”
6 – “The Walking Dead”
5 – “Army Wives”
5 – “Boss”
5 – “Homeland”
5 – “Law and Order: SVU”
4 – “Game of Thrones”
4 – “Harry’s Law”
4 – “Luck”
4 – “Revenge”
4 – “Shameless”
4 – “Switched at Birth”
4 – “True Blood”

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9 – “Modern Family”
8 – “Psych”
6 – “Bored to Death” (right)
5 – “30 Rock”
5 – “The Big C”
5 – “Cougar Town”
5 – “Veep”
4 – “The Exes”
4 – “Hot in Cleveland”
4 – “House of Lies”
4 – “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
4 – “New Girl”
4 – “The Office”
4 – “Parks and Recreation”

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