The nominations for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards won't be announced till July 17, but we can officially start the speculation about which series will be nominated. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the list of the top 10 finalists in both the Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series categories on Thursday. It's the first time the Academy has made the info available early, at least partially because it leaked last year.
These lists? They're good. Really good. There are a few series I'd leave off and a few I'd put on in their place, but overall, I'm pleased with the selection. Both Friday Night Lights and The Wire, perpetual underdogs I'm always rooting for, are finalists in the drama category. And despite only airing nine episodes, Pushing Daisies showed enough spark to make the final cut among comedy series. Flight of the Conchords also is among the potential comedy series nominees, a victory for nerdy Kiwis everywhere, and Family Guy has cleared one big hurdle in its quest toward becoming the first animated series to be nominated in a regular category.
Desperate Housewives, which was a finalist (but not a nominee) last year, didn't make the top 10 this time around. Heroes is the only still-active show among last year's drama nominees not to make the cut. To see the full list, just read more.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES FINALISTS
Friday Night Lights
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