Michael Ausiello and Michael Peck

Emmy's Comedy Surprises

When it comes to comedy, Emmy loves Sex and Raymond, but her favorites are Will & Grace. The NBC comedy about a straight girl and her gay best friend got a major boost as it heads into its new prime Thursday time slot: It nabbed 11 Emmy nominations, the most of any comedy series.

Debra Messing, who scored her first nod as neurotic New Yorker Grace, was watching the announcements live on TV. "She's incredibly excited," noted her publicist, Betsy Boudreau, adding that the actress was more pumped for her co-stars Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, all of whom were recognized. "Obviously they're so supportive of one another. This is a huge thing for them."

Following Will & Grace with nine nominations each were CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond, NBC's Emmy stalwart, Frasier, and HBO's no-strings-attached romp Sex and the City. Sex star and Lead Comedy Actress nominee Sar read more

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