Emmy Nomination Semifinalists Unveiled


Will the Emmy nominations for best drama come down to The Wire? Or will there be Mad Men because of the Damages done to the award hopes of Dexter?

Those series and more are on the semifinal lists for the best comedy and best drama series categories, according to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Cable networks have five of the 10 shows on the drama short list, while four of the 10 comedies are cable fare.

HBO and Showtime are even, with three potential nominations each.

In the drama category, the semifinalists are ABC's Boston Legal, and Grey's Anatomy FX's Damages, NBC's Friday Night Lights, Showtime's Dexter and The Tudors; Fox Broadcasting's House; AMC's Mad Men; and HBO's The Wire.

On the comedy side, the potential nominees are HBO's Flight of the Conchords, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage; Showtime's Weeds; NBC's The Office and 30 Rock; ABC's Ugly Betty and Pushing Daisies; CBS' Two-and-a-Half Men and The CW's Family Guy.

The five final nominees in each category will be announced July 17. The awards will be telecast on ABC on Sept. 21.