56th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards today from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif.

As expected, the unusual suspects received the most nominations. HBO’s mob drama The Sopranos led the pack with 20 nods, including a nomination for best drama. HBO’s now-defunct series Sex and the City, meanwhile, was the most-nominated sitcom, with nods in 11 categories, including best comedy series.

The late John Ritter, who died Sept. 11, 2003, received a nomination for best comedy actor for 8 Simple Rules.

New shows and exclusions, however, added some excitement to an otherwise predictable slate of nominees. Most notably, NBC heavy hitters Friends and Frasier failed to receive nods for best comedy series, despite it being each show’s final season. Fox’s Arrested Development, however, beat out the two powerhouse sitcoms to grab a best comedy nomination.

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Garry Shandling, will be broadcast live on ABC from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sept. 19. For a complete list of nominees, please visit Emmys.com. Nominees in the top categories follow:

Outstanding Drama Series

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Joan of Arcadia

The Sopranos


The West Wing

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

James Spader as Alan Shore, The Practice

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, 24

Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing

Anthony LaPaglia as Jack Malone, Without a Trace

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, Alias

Amber Tamblyn as Joan Girardi, Joan of Arcadia

Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano, The Sopranos

Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg, The West Wing

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Victor Garber as Agent Jack Bristow, Alias

Brad Dourif as Doc Cochran, Deadwood

Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos

Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundett, The Sopranos

John Spencer as Leo McGarry, The West Wing

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane, Deadwood

Tyne Daly as Maxine Gray, Judging Amy

Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva, The Sopranos

Janel Moloney as Donna Moss, The West Wing

Stockard Channing as Dr. Abigail Bartlet, The West Wing

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Everybody Loves Raymond

Sex and the City

Will & Grace

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Larry David as Himself, Curb Your Enthusiasm

John Ritter as Paul Hennessy, 8 Simple Rules

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane, Frasier

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Friends

Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, Monk

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Patricia Heaton as Debra Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond

Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Friends

Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Malloy, Life with Bonnie

Jane Kaczmarek as Lois, Malcolm in the Middle

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth, Sr., Arrested Development

Brad Garrett as Robert Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond

David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, Frasier

Sean Hayes as Jack, Will & Grace

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Doris Roberts as Marie Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, Sex and the City

Kristin Davis as Charlotte York, Sex and the City

Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes, Sex and the City

Megan Mullally as Karen, Will & Grace