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An Early Look at the Emmys: The Top 10 Series Finalists

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


Curb Your Enthusiasm
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
The Office
Pushing Daisies
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty

Boston Legal
Friday Night Lights
Grey’s Anatomy
Mad Men
The Tudors
The Wire

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cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Boston Legal really is that good, I have to say. I don't really watch it much anymore becauseI try to go to bed around 10, but James Spader is amazing on that show. honeslty so is William Shatner...Denny Crane for President!
sumbum sumbum 8 years
Is Boston Leagal really THAT good? I swear that show (& James Spader/William Shatner) get nominated time and time again...
sharshar sharshar 8 years
Go, Tudors! :D
supertramp supertramp 9 years
where is brothers and sisters
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I agree californiagirlx7. Grey's and Ugly Betty both started to suck, and it was disappointing. I LOVE FRiday Night Lights, and while I hate that the season ended with that last show because of the writer's strike, I understand they are only going to bring it back for one more season...i know it will be a good one!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 9 years
Nerdy Kiwis! Hey! That's me! YAY!!! I so hope The Conchords win, I swear it'll make the top story on the 6 'o clock news over here. We're a small place. :P
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Desperate Housewives should've been up there, it was probably the second best season that they've done. Here are my picks: OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS Entourage Flight of the Conchords The Office Pushing Daisies 30 Rock OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES FINALISTS Friday Night Lights House Lost Mad Men The Tudors Honestly, I don't watch most of the shows religiously but those are the ones I think that deserve to be on there. Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy are two shows that I watch every week but they really diminished in quality this season it seems.
emilita emilita 9 years
Yaaayyy Friday Night Lights!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
In Treatment should be up there. That show is amazing.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
no heroes no moonlight no Big Bang Theory no How I met your mother BU!
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 9 years
Did Kathy Griffin get nominated? I just think she is hysterical.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Woo hoo tudors!!!1 I love this show and i hope it wins everything it can!!!!
Que_Fashion Que_Fashion 9 years
I am so HAPPY the Wire is nominated!!!!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Damages, House and The Wire--what wonderful choices!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I hope FNL wins. I love The Wire also but the show has ended and if they give FNL an Emmy it might help them keep the show on the air. I know they are coming back for a third season but if it wins an Emmy maybe more people will watch. Oh and i hope Entourage wins!
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