Sunday, September 21, 2003

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It's not TV, it's HBO (again).

The premium cable channel could be the big winner at the 55th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards today (8 p.m., Channels 19, 45).

HBO leads all networks with 109 nominations, including two strong contenders each for best comedy series (Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and best drama series (The Sopranos, Six Feet Under).

ON THE AIR
Live Countdown to the Red Carpet: Prime-time Emmy Awards: Noon-6 p.m. E! Entertainment.
Live from the Red Carpet: Prime-time Emmy Awards: 6-8 p.m., E! Entertainment.
Countdown to the Emmys: 7-8 p.m., Channels 19, 45.
55th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards: 8-11 p.m., Channels 19, 45.
Live Post Show: Prime-time Emmy Awards: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., E! Entertainment.
For Emmy fans, tonight's telecast may seem like a rerun from last year. Except for The Sopranos folks - ineligible last season because the series did not air during the judging period - most of the nominees are repeats from last year.

A few new faces will be seen tonight, most notably Tony Shalhoub from USA's Monk, Lena Olin from ABC's Alias, Joe Pantoliano from The Sopranos and Cheryl Hines from Curb Your Enthusiasm.

But many old TV friends will be absent from TV's biggest party: Dennis Franz and NYPD Blue, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, and the casts of NBC's Law & Order and ABC's The Practice.

Here are the Emmy nominees in top categories. Vote along with me; my picks are listed here, too.

Drama series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
Six Feet Under, HBO
The Sopranos, HBO
24, Fox
The West Wing, NBC
Kiese pick: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, TV's top-rated drama, has proven it's the best.

Comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Friends, NBC
Sex and the City, HBO
Will & Grace, NBC
Kiese pick: Everybody Loves Raymond, still the most consistently funny comedy every week.

Made-for-TV movie
Door to Door, TNT
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, Lifetime
Live From Baghdad, HBO
My House in Umbria, HBO
Normal, HBO
Kiese pick: Door to Door, the best movie from a weak slate.

Miniseries
Hitler: The Rise of Evil, CBS
Napoleon, A&E
Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, Sci Fi
Kiese pick: Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, the longest was the best.

Drama actor
Michael Chiklis, The Shield, FX
Peter Krause, Six Feet Under, HBO
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos, HBO
Kiefer Sutherland, 24, Fox
Martin Sheen, The West Wing, NBC
Kiese pick: Sutherland, for a terrific year as Jack Bauer.

Drama actress
Jennifer Garner, Alias, ABC
Marg Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under, HBO
Edie Falco, The Sopranos, HBO
Allison Janney, The West Wing, NBC
Kiese pick: Falco, for throwing her mob boss husband out of the house, her Emmy moment.

Comedy actor
Bernie Mac, The Bernie Mac Show, Fox
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Matt LeBlanc, Friends, NBC
Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace, NBC
Kiese pick: Shalhoub, because acting crazy isn't as easy as he makes it look.

Comedy actress
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Jennifer Aniston, Friends, NBC
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox
Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City, HBO
Debra Messing, Will & Grace, NBC
Kiese pick: Messing, this generation's Lucy?

Drama supporting actor
Victor Garber, Alias, ABC
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos, HBO
Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos, HBO
Bradley Whitford, The West Wing, NBC
John Spencer, The West Wing, NBC
Kiese pick: Imperioli, for a solid season on The Sopranos.

Drama supporting actress
Lena Olin, Alias, ABC
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy, CBS
Lauren Ambrose, Six Feet Under, HBO
Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under, HBO
Stockard Channing, The West Wing, NBC
Kiese pick: Ambrose, great as the troubled teen.

Comedy supporting actor
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
John Mahoney, Frasier, NBC
David Hyde Pierce, Frasier, NBC
Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace, NBC
Kiese pick: Garrett, for the hilarious engagement story line, though Cranston is due.

Comedy supporting actress
Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Cynthia Nixon, Sex and the City, HBO
Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City, HBO
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace, NBC
Kiese pick: Nixon for Miranda, because Roberts won the past two years.

Miniseries/movie actor
William H. Macy, Door to Door, TNT
Brad Garrett, Gleason, CBS
Tom Wilkinson, Normal, HBO
Paul Newman, Our Town, Showtime
James Woods, Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, USA
Kiese pick: Macy, though Garrett could win twice tonight.

Miniseries/movie actress
Thora Birch, Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, Lifetime
Helena Bonham Carter, Live From Baghdad, HBO
Maggie Smith, My House in Umbria, HBO
Jessica Lange, Normal, HBO
Helen Mirren, Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, Showtime
Kiese pick: Birch, very convincing as the homeless Murray.

Variety, music or comedy series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Late Night With Conan O'Brien, NBC
Late Show With David Letterman, CBS
Saturday Night Live, NBC
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC
Kiese pick: The Daily Show, for more laughs night after night than Leno and Letterman combined.

Reality-competition program
100 Years of Hope and Humor, NBC
AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories, CBS
The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, Fox
Survivor, CBS.
Kiese pick: American Idol, although if the academy is crazy enough to put Bob Hope into this category, then Hope could win.





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