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Daily Variety asked members of the Television Critics Assn. to pick the best of the smallscreen from the past decade. Here are their nominations (in alphabetical order); winners will be announced following a separate vote later this summer.

DRAMA SERIES

NOMINEES:

  • “Friday Night Lights”
  • “Lost”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “The Sopranos”
  • “The West Wing”
  • “The Wire”

JUST MISSED:

  • “24”
  • “Battlestar Galactica”
  • “Big Love”
  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • “Deadwood”
  • “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • “House”
  • “Rescue Me”
  • “The Shield”

COMMENT:

Two critics’ darlings perennially overlooked by the TV Acad, “Lights” and “Wire,” made the cut, while two others (“Battlestar” and “Deadwood”) barely lost out.

DRAMA ACTRESS

NOMINEES:

  • Connie Britton “Friday Night Lights”
  • Glenn Close “Damages”
  • Edie Falco “The Sopranos”
  • Allison Janney “The West Wing”
  • Mary McDonnell “Battlestar Galactica”
  • Kyra Sedgwick “The Closer”

JUST MISSED:

  • Frances Conroy “Six Feet Under”
  • Jennifer Garner “Alias”
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • Rachel Griffiths “Six Feet Under” /”Brothers and Sisters”
  • Sally Field “Brothers and Sisters”
  • Holly Hunter “Saving Grace”

COMMENT:

Voters had the option to list different series with their nominees, allowing Griffiths to compile votes for her work on two shows.

DRAMA ACTOR

NOMINEES:

  • Michael Chiklis “The Shield”
  • Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
  • James Gandolfini “The Sopranos”
  • Michael C. Hall “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
  • Hugh Laurie “House”

JUST MISSED:

  • Gabriel Byrne “In Treatment”
  • Kyle Chandler “Friday Night Lights”
  • Ian McShane “Deadwood”
  • Denis Leary”Rescue Me”
  • Martin Sheen “The West Wing”
  • Kiefer Sutherland “24”

COMMENT:

Cranston also received consideration inthe comedy actor categoryfor “Malcolm in the Middle.”

COMEDY SERIES

NOMINEES:

  • “30 Rock”
  • “Arrested Development”
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • “The Daily Show”
  • “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • “The Office”

JUST MISSED:

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Flight of the Conchords”
  • “Frasier”
  • “Freaks and Geeks”
  • “Friends”
  • “Sex and the City”
  • “The Simpsons”
  • “Two and a Half Men”

COMMENT:

Normally this category is for scripted programming, but when the outpouring of support emerged for “The Daily Show,” who were we to say no?

COMEDY ACTRESS

NOMINEES:

  • Tina Fey “30 Rock”
  • Lauren Graham “Gilmore Girls”
  • Patricia Heaton “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Jane Kaczmarek “Malcolm in the Middle”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
  • Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City”

JUST MISSED:

  • Jennifer Aniston “Friends”
  • America Ferrera “Ugly Betty”
  • Jenna Fischer “The Office”
  • Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives”
  • Lisa Kudrow “Friends”
  • / “The Comeback”

  • Debra Messing “Will and Grace”

COMMENT:

A tie in the balloting forced a seventh nomination slot.

COMEDY ACTOR

NOMINEES:

  • Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”
  • Jason Bateman “Arrested Development”
  • Steve Carell “The Office”
  • Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Ricky Gervais “The Office”
  • Kelsey Grammer “Frasier”

JUST MISSED:

  • Zach Braff “Scrubs”
  • Neil Patrick Harris “How I Met Your Mother”
  • Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Ray Romano “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Tony Shalhoub “Monk”
  • Charlie Sheen “Two and a Half Men”

COMMENT:

Both the U.S. and U.K. stars of “The Office”

got nods on a list that didn’t rely on thesps now on the air.