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 Guide
Lead Comedy Actress
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)Zach Braff (J.D., Scrubs)Steve Carell (Michael, The Office)Topher Grace (Eric, That '70s Show)Charlie Sheen (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)Glenn Close (Captain Rawling, The Shield)Evangeline Lilly (Kate, Lost)Molly Parker (Alma, Deadwood)Joely Richardson (Julia, Nip/Tuck) 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 (Jack, Lost)Hugh Laurie (House, House)Denis Leary (Tommy, Rescue Me)Ian McShane (Swearengen, Deadwood)James Spader (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. Best Comedy Our Nominees...Arrested DevelopmentDesperate HousewivesEverybody Loves RaymondGilmore GirlsScrubs Scrubs is long overdue, Girls hit a glorious new creative high, and Raymond went out on top. And Housewives is a shoo-in. Best Drama Our Nominees...DeadwoodLost24Veronica MarsThe Wire Mars 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)Sarah Chalke (Elliott, Scrubs)Judy Reyes (Carla, Scrubs)Nicollette Sheridan (Edie, Desperate Housewives)Jessica Walter (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)David Cross (Tobias, Arrested Development)John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox, Scrubs)Scott Patterson (Luke, Gilmore Girls)Jeremy Piven (Ari, Entourage) 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 (Dina, 24)Yunjin Kim (Sun, Lost)Paula Malcomson (Trixie, Deadwood)Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe, 24)Robin Weigert (Calamity Jane, Deadwood) 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)Dominic Monaghan (Charlie, Lost)Terry O'Quinn (Locke, Lost)William Sanderson (E.B., Deadwood)Gregory Smith (Ephram, Everwood) As Deadwood'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.