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June 30, 2008

Disapproving Emmy


Just as we suspected, the whittling-down process is not being kind to some of our favorites on the top 10 lists of Emmy contenders. In fact, it's jacked up.

Cases in point: No "Flight of the Conchords" on the comedy list, and no trace of "The Wire" on the drama side.

At least that's the early indication from Tom O'Neil and his merry band of snoops over at Gold Derby, who were on overdrive this weekend as they tracked down Emmy voters who watched the submitted episodes of the top 10 shows in the running for nominations (which will be announced July 17).

Possible comedy list: "30 Rock," "Pushing Daisies," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Family Guy" and (noooooooo!) the oft-nominated "Two and a Half Men" (it's won technical awards but not the majors). Those last two, instead of "Conchords" and "The Office?" Pah-lease.

Drama: "Boston Legal," "Mad Men," "House," "Damages" and "Grey's Anatomy." Not an HBO show in the group, and you'll notice, specifically, that "The Wire" isn't among those predictions. Now that's criminal.

We'll hope this isn't the final outcome, but just in case it is, please join us in a pre-Emmy snit.



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