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'Housewives,' 'Sellers' lead Emmy pack

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Three of the "Desperate Housewives" -- Felicity Huffman (second from left), Marcia Cross (center) and Teri Hatcher (right) -- were nominated for Emmys.

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(CNN) -- The "Desperate Housewives" have little to be desperate about now.

The ABC hit, which ended the 2004-05 TV season as one of the highest-rated series on the air, received 15 nods on July 14 as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 57th annual awards.

"Housewives," the story of a group of women on intrigue-infested Wisteria Lane, earned picks for three of its actresses -- Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher -- as well as a nomination for best comedy series. However, the show's fourth "Housewife," Eva Longoria, was overlooked. Longoria was also the only "Housewife" not to earn a Golden Globe nomination.

The show tied NBC's "Will & Grace" for most nominations for a series.

"Everybody Loves Raymond," which wrapped its final season in May, earned 13 nominations, including nods for best comedy series and best actor in a comedy series (Ray Romano).

The HBO films "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" and "Warm Springs" each had 16 bids, to top all nominees. HBO also led all networks in nominations with 93.

A few newcomers managed to break into the Emmy ranks. "Lost," another hit ABC show, was nominated 12 Emmys, including best drama and best supporting actor (Naveen Andrews and Terry O'Quinn). Hugh Laurie, of Fox's medical drama "House," earned a nod for best actor in a drama.

In a pair of surprises, the low-rated Showtime series "Huff," about a therapist with his own issues, picked up a nomination for its lead actor, Hank Azaria, and the NBC series "Medium" received a best actress nomination for its lead, Patricia Arquette.

Emmy did stick with some tried-and-true favorites, including "Will & Grace" and NBC's "The West Wing." The latter show, which has been considered on the wane, earned its sixth straight nomination for best drama over critical favorites "Nip/Tuck," "Rescue Me" and "Alias."

Also snubbed were The WB's "Gilmore Girls" and UPN's "Veronica Mars," two shows that have earned decent ratings and good reviews.

"Peter Sellers" and "Warm Springs" were nominated for best TV movie. Other nominees in the category were "Lackawanna Blues," "The Office Special" and "The Wool Cap."

Major nominations

"Sellers" lead Geoffrey Rush was nominated for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries. Other nominees in that category are Kenneth Branagh for "Warm Springs," Ed Harris for "Empire Falls" and William H. Macy for "The Wool Cap."

Actress nominees in the miniseries-movie category are Halle Berry for "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Blythe Danner for "Back When We Were Grownups," S. Epatha Merkerson for "Lackawanna Blues," Cynthia Nixon, the former "Sex and the City" star, for "Warm Springs," and Debra Winger for "Dawn Anna."

Best miniseries nominees include "Elvis," "Empire Falls," "The 4400" and "The Lost Prince."

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Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers." The film tied for the most nominations with 16.

The most popular show of last season, "American Idol," was nominated for best reality competition. Also in that category are "The Amazing Race," "Survivor," "Project Runway" and "The Apprentice."

The nominees for best drama series are "Deadwood," "Lost," "Six Feet Under," "24" and "The West Wing."

The nominees for best comedy series are "Arrested Development," "Desperate Housewives," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Scrubs" and "Will & Grace."

The nominees for best actor in a drama are Hank Azaria ("Huff"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), Ian McShane ("Deadwood"), James Spader ("Boston Legal") and Kiefer Sutherland ("24").

The nominees for best actress in a drama are Patricia Arquette ("Medium"), Glenn Close ("The Shield"), Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under"), Jennifer Garner ("Alias") and Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit").

The nominees for best actor in a comedy are Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"), Zach Braff ("Scrubs"), Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace"), Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk").

The nominees for best actress in a comedy are Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives"), Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives") , Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") and Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle").

In supporting categories, nominations went to Jeffrey Tambor of "Arrested Development," Peter Boyle and Brad Garrett of "Everybody Loves Raymond," Jeremy Piven of "Entourage" and Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace."

Actress nominees were Jessica Walter of "Arrested Development," Doris Roberts of "Everybody Loves Raymond," Holland Taylor and Conchata Ferrell of "Two and a Half Men," and Megan Mullally of "Will & Grace."

Joining Andrews and O'Quinn of "Lost" in the drama series supporting actor category were William Shatner of "Boston Legal," Oliver Platt of "Huff" and Alan Alda of "The West Wing."

Nominees for supporting actress were Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy," Blythe Danner of "Huff," Tyne Daly of "Judging Amy," CCH Pounder of "The Shield" and Stockard Channing of "The West Wing."

"The Sopranos," a perennial Emmy front-runner and last year's best drama series, wasn't eligible this year because it had no new episodes during the Emmy qualifying period.

The nominations were announced by Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos," "Law & Order") and Jami Gertz ("Still Standing").

The Emmys are scheduled to air live on Sunday, September 18, on CBS.

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