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TV Academy Reveals Drama, Comedy Emmy Finalists

In an unprecedented move, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has revealed the top 10 finalists for this year’s drama and comedy series competition.

On the drama side, “Boston Legal,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House,” “Lost,” “Mad Men,” “The Tudors” and “The Wire” all made the cut. AMC’s Golden Globe winner “Mad Men” is considered one of the early faves among new shows, while Showtime has to be happy to have two dramas in contention.

On the comedy side, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “Family Guy,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “The Office,” “Pushing Daisies,” “30 Rock,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Ugly Betty” and “Weeds” have made the cut. All eyes will be on “Family Guy” to see if the animated comedy can break through Emmy’s traditional coolness toward animated shows in the category.

New comedies getting noticed by the Academy include ABC’s “Daisies” and HBO’s “Conchords.”

Notably missing from the lists: ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” The latter had a strong year creatively but apparently didn’t break through with the older-skewing Academy. Also absent: CBS’ well-received first-year comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”

It’s expected five finalists from each category will make the Emmy cut when nominations are announced July 17. If voting is close, six (or even seven) shows could be selected.

The Academy decided to reveal the finalists in part because the information leaked early last year.