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'Grey's,' '24' among top Emmy nominees

'Housewives' and 'Lost' shut out of top categories

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"Grey's Anatomy" was nominated for best drama.

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(CNN) -- The Emmy Awards academy was hoping to mix things up this year.

It got its wish -- to an extent.

By changing its procedures -- perhaps expecting a more diverse slate of nominees -- the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Emmy Awards, nominated a handful of old favorites. But it didn't nominate two of last year's major winners: "Lost" (best drama) and "Desperate Housewives" (which earned 15 nominations last year), in either those categories or any of the major acting categories, with the exception of "Desperate's" Alfre Woodard's nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy.

Instead, among the nominees for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Fox's "24" -- both nominated for best drama -- CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (up for best comedy, best actor in a comedy and best supporting actor in a comedy) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (nominations for best actor and actress in a drama). (Watch what one critic makes of all this -- 2:20)

"24" led all series with 12 nominations. "Grey's Anatomy" earned 11. The leading nominee in any category was the TNT miniseries "Into the West," which earned 16 nominations. (Read the list of major nominations.)

"I'm so happy for our show," "Grey's" star Chandra Wilson told The Associated Press. "My family is here [in Italy, where the cast is promoting the show], so I got hugs right away, and the cast is here, so we're hugging on each other. Maybe we can go have a really expensive dinner." Both Wilson and Sandra Oh were nominated for best supporting actress for the show.

"The Sopranos," a perennial nomination leader, received only one nomination in a major category, for best drama. Neither James Gandolfini nor Edie Falco, the show's stars, received nods.

Also snubbed was "Gilmore Girls," a critics' darling that has never received recognition from the Television Academy. (Read Entertainment Weekly's takeexternal link.)

Some series that recently concluded their runs earned nominations. The familiar favorite "The West Wing" was nominated for best drama (an award it's won four times), best actor in a drama (Martin Sheen) and best actress in a drama (Allison Janney). "Six Feet Under" and "Malcolm in the Middle" were nominated, respectively, for best actor in a drama (Peter Krause) and best actress in a comedy (Jane Kaczmarek).

Even canceled series received nominations, including the critically praised "Arrested Development," which was nominated for best comedy, and "Commander in Chief," which picked up a nomination for star Geena Davis.

Two TV movies about United 93, the September 11 flight that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to overtake the terrorists flying the plane, earned nominations in the best made-for-television movie category: A&E's "Flight 93" and the Discovery Channel's "The Flight That Fought Back."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of the presenters, earned a nomination for best actress in a comedy for "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"I feel weird and I can't believe it," she told CNN. "I'm very grateful -- I'm surprised that after only 13 episodes that this has happened." (Watch Louis-Dreyfus get giddy -- 2:12)

Major nominees

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"Lost," last year's best drama, was shut out of the category this year.

The nominees for best drama series are "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "The Sopranos," "24" and "The West Wing."

The nominees for best comedy series are "Arrested Development," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Office," "Scrubs" and "Two and a Half Men."

The nominees for best actor in a drama are Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Martin Sheen ("The West Wing") and Kiefer Sutherland ("24").

The nominees for best actress in a drama are Frances Conroy ("Six Feet Under"), Geena Davis ("Commander in Chief"), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Allison Janney ("The West Wing") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").

The nominees for best actor in a comedy are Steve Carell ("The Office"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Kevin James ("The King of Queens"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men").

The nominees for best actress in a comedy are Stockard Channing ("Out of Practice"), Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback"), Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine").

Best reality series nominees are "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars," "Project Runway" and "Survivor."

The nominations were announced by Brad Garrett (best known for "Everybody Loves Raymond") and Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Seinfeld") from Los Angeles, California.

The Emmys are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In February, Emmy officials revamped guidelines in hopes of making the nominations more inclusive.

Under the new approach, the AP observes, blue-ribbon panels pick the five nominees each for comedy and drama series from 10 front-runners as decided by a vote of the academy's general membership. Videotapes of shows were used by panelists in their decisions. Previously, leading vote-getters in the general vote were declared the final nominees.

The Emmy Awards are scheduled to air August 27 on NBC. Conan O'Brien will host from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

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