Picks and Pans Review: Eye on the Emmy Nominations

updated 08/01/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Emmys got a bit of a makeover when nominations were announced July 14. The absence of Friends, Sex and the City and The Sopranos helped usher in nods for worthy rookies Desperate Housewives and lost. Here's what Emmy got right and where it fell short.


Outrageously overlooked for three years, hospital quirkfest Scrubs—and its master reactor, Zach Braff—made it to the Big Show.

ENOUGH ALREADY! That the flatlining Will & Grace still made the cut for best comedy series (ditto Eric McCormack for best actor) shows how slim the sitcom pickings are.

EASIEST CATE-GORY TO CALL Given the unusually weak best actress in a drama competition this year, Glenn Close's juicy turn as The Shield's bull-headed captain puts her on top.

BIGGEST SNUB No, it's not Housewives' Eva Longoria: How did Rescue Me's Denis Leary, as a firefighter losing the battle with his demons/not get recognized?

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