In a stunning upset, Yes, Dear swept the Emmy nominations this morning, winning nods in every major category. Okay, not really. I just wanted to see what it would feel like to write that sentence. (It was fun!) Actually, with 21 nominations, HBO's adaptation of Angels in America was the project most heralded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Among drama series, HBO's The Sopranos led the field with 20 plaudits; in the comedy category, HBO's Sex and the City came out on top with 11 kudos. Anybody else notice a trend here? At least the rules instituted to give new programs a fairer shake made an impact: Freshman favorites Arrested Development and Joan of Arcadia both received notice. Some interesting actors were nominated, too (translation: a few people we were really psyched to see in the running). They include the late John Ritter for 8 Simple Rules, the very-much-alive James Spader for The Practice, Amber Tamblyn for Joan and the woman we'd swear boss man Michael Ausiello was dating considering the way he goes on and on about her — Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay. Get a room already, you two!
For a full list of Emmy nominees, click here.