'Six Feet Under' leads Emmy nominations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The funeral home drama Six Feet Under received a leading 16 Emmy nominations Thursday, followed by three-time best drama winner The West Wing with 15.
The Sopranos, back in contention after missing out on last year's awards because it didn't air during the eligibility period, received 13 nominations, along with the comedies Everybody Loves Raymond and Sex and the City.
Law & Order missed out on its bid to set a record, failing to receive the best drama series nod that would have given it 12 consecutive best series nominations. It's tied for the record with Cheers and M-A-S-H. In addition to a best drama series bid, Six Feet Under also earned nominations for cast members Frances Conroy as best actress and Peter Krause as best actor.
Other contenders for best drama series are The Sopranos, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and 24. Nominees for best comedy series are Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Will & Grace and last year's winner, Friends.
Jennifer Aniston, winner of last year's best comedy series actress award, received another nomination in the category this year. Her competition includes Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond, Jane Kaczmarek of Malcom in the Middle, Debra Messing of Will & Grace and Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City.
Another member of the Friends cast, Matt LeBlanc, will be up again for the best comedy series trophy he missed out on last year. Other nominees are Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bernie Mac of The Bernie Mac Show, Eric McCormack of Will & Grace and last year's winner, Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond.
Other actresses nominated in the drama series category are Edie Falco of The Sopranos, Jennifer Garner of Alias, Marg Helgenberger of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Allison Janney of The West Wing, who took home the trophy last year.
In addition to Krause, a drama series acting bid went to last year's surprise winner, Michael Chiklis of The Shield, who received the first such honor for a basic cable show. Other nominees are James Gandolfini of The Sopranos, Martin Sheen of The West Wing and Kiefer Sutherland of 24.
HBO, home of Six Feet Under and The Sopranos, earned the most nominations with 109. NBC was second with 77, followed by CBS with 59, Fox with 37 and ABC with 33. PBS earned 16.
Only three miniseries made the Emmy nominations cut, Hitler, The Rise of Evil and Napoleon, each with seven bids, and Steven Spielberg Presents Taken with six bids. The made-for-TV nominees were Door to Door, which received a leading 12 bids. Other nominees were Live From Baghdad, My House in Umbria, Normal and Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.
In the category for reality programs, nominees were The Amazing Race, American Idol, Survivor, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories and 100 Years of Hope and Humor.
Nominees for best supporting actor in a comedy are Peter Boyle and Brad Garrett, both of Everybody Loves Raymond, John Mahoney and David Hyde Pierce of Frazier, Bryan Cranston of Malcolm in the Middle and Sean Hayes of Will & Grace. Six nominees is unusual in a category.
Nominated for comedy supporting actress are Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Doris Roberts of Everybody Loves Raymond, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City and Megan Mullally of Will & Grace.
Actors nominated for their supporting work in a drama series are Victor Garber of Alias, Michael Imperioli and Joe Pantoliano of The Sopranos and Bradley Whitford and John Spencer of The West Wing.
Supporting dramatic actress nominations went to Lena Olin of Alias, Tyne Daly of Judging Amy, and Lauren Ambrose and Rachel Griffiths of Six Feet Under and Stockard Channing of The West Wing.
A total of 435 nominations in 89 categories were announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at an early morning ceremony. The 55th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air Sept. 21 on Fox. A host has yet to be announced for the Shrine Auditorium ceremony.