Dear Emmy Voters:
You recently received in the mail a ballot to pick the nominees for the 2005 Primetime Emmy Awards. Now, we realize that you're a busy group of people, so it's probably difficult for you to watch everything on TV. What do you say to letting your friends at TV Guide help you choose whom to recognize this year? Because — let's be real — all we do around here is watch TV. Don't be shy — go ahead and use this handy cheat sheet when filling out your official ballots. We'll see if you listened to us on July 14 when the actual nods are revealed.
The editors of TV GuideLead Comedy Actress
Our Nominees...Kirstie Alley
(Kirstie, Fat Actress
(Bree, Desperate Housewives
(Lorelai, Gilmore Girls
(Gabrielle, Desperate Housewives
(Carrie, The King of Queens
Cross and Longoria are Housewives' true stars, but Graham delivered the year's best comedic performance. If she gets passed over again, the joke'll be on Emmy.Lead Comedy Actor
Our Nominees...Jason Bateman
(Michael, Arrested Development
(Michael, The Office
(Eric, That '70s Show
(Charlie, Two and a Half Men
Carell took on the acting challenge of the year, filling Ricky Gervais
' loafers, and ably answered the question, "Who's the boss?" But it's time for Emmy to recognize Braff for the talent that he is.
Lead Drama Actress
Our Nominees...Kristen Bell
(Veronica, Veronica Mars
(Captain Rawling, The Shield
While Parker's understated work amid Deadwood
's scenery-chewing is worthy of notice, and Close shone on The Shield
, we're really pulling for Bell — our pick for this year's TV find.
Lead Drama Actor
Our Nominees...Matthew Fox
(Tommy, Rescue Me
(Alan, Boston Legal
After last year's snub, McShane had better be a no-brainer. Elsewhere, Laurie made a jackass lovable, Fox found the burden of Lost
on his shoulders, Spader gave a risky spin-off zing, and Leary was on fire in Rescue Me
Our Nominees...Arrested DevelopmentDesperate HousewivesEverybody Loves RaymondGilmore GirlsScrubs
is long overdue, Girls
hit a glorious new creative high, and Raymond
went out on top. And Housewives
is a shoo-in.
Our Nominees...DeadwoodLost24Veronica MarsThe Wire
was out of this world, Deadwood
f---ing brilliant, The Wire
electrifying, and 24
had its best day yet. But Lost
is a phenomenon.
Supporting Comedy Actress
Our Nominees...Kelly Bishop
(Emily, Gilmore Girls
(Edie, Desperate Housewives
(Lucille, Arrested Development
Sex and the City
's exit opens up this field, and we hope that means first-time nods for Scrubs
' heroines. A high-five for the hilariously haughty Bishop would be cool, too.
Supporting Comedy Actor
Our Nominees...Will Arnett
(Gob, Arrested Development
(Tobias, Arrested Development
)John C. McGinley
(Dr. Cox, Scrubs
(Luke, Gilmore Girls
McGinley and Patterson are both long overdue, and Piven, pitch-perfect as a sleazy agent, emerged as Entourage
's true leader. But voters best not forget Arrested
's wacko second bananas Arnett and Cross.
Supporting Drama Actress
Our Nominees...Shohreh Aghdashloo
)Mary Lynn Rajskub
(Calamity Jane, Deadwood
's Weigert is the ultimate scene-stealer, and Rajskub has made 24
's Chloe the coolest nerd on the tube. But we'd be scared to overlook the intensely creepy Aghdashloo.
Supporting Drama Actor
Our Nominees...Anthony Anderson
(Antwon, The Shield
's clueless mayor, Sanderson is a hoot. Monaghan and O'Quinn have been stand-outs on Lost
. Smith, meanwhile, remains TV's finest young male actor. And Anderson held his own with Glenn Close and Michael Chiklis
. Nuff said.