“Desperate Housewives,” a satire about suburbia that became an instant television hit in its first season, was among top nominees announced Thursday for the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The ABC series, competing in the comedy category, received 15 nominations, sharing the top spot with “Will & Grace,” which also got 15 bids.
HBO dominated the made-for-TV category with two of its films, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and “Warm Springs,” each getting 16 bids to top all nominees.
Nominations were announced in an early morning ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
“Everybody Loves Raymond,” which ended its run after nine seasons, got 13 nominations, including best comedy.
“Lost,” ABC’s other hot new drama, got 12 bids, although its stars were shut out of the lead acting nominations. Two members of the ensemble cast, Naveen Andrews and Terry O’Quinn, received best supporting actor nods.
The Emmy recognition of “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” confirms ABC’s turnaround this year after a ratings slump. “Desperate Housewives” finished the season as the fourth most popular program, averaging nearly 24 million weekly viewers, while “Lost” was No. 14 with an average 16 million viewers.
Television’s most-watched show, “American Idol,” was recognized with a nomination in the reality category. Other nominees include “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor,” “Project Runway” and Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.”
Joining “Desperate Housewives,” “Will & Grace” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” in the best comedy series category is “Arrested Development,” and “Scrubs.”
Besides “Lost,” other best-drama shows include “Deadwood,” “Six Feet Under,” “24” and the White House drama “The West Wing.”
Three stars of “Desperate Housewives” were nominated in the category of best lead actress in a comedy series including Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman. Left out were co-stars Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan.
The other nominees in the category are Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Among those named in the category for best lead actor in a comedy series were Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development” and Zach Braff of “Scrubs.” Other nominees include Eric McCormack of “Will & Grace,” Ray Romano of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and Tony Shalhoub of “Monk.”
James Spader, last year’s winner of the lead actor in a drama series award, was nominated again for “Boston Legal.” The other nominees are Hank Azaria for “Huff,” Hugh Laurie for “House,” Ian McShane for “Deadwood” and Kiefer Sutherland for “24.”
Film star Glenn Close, who joined “The Shield” last season, received a nomination for best lead actress in a drama series. Joining her are Frances Conroy of “Six Feet Under,” Jennifer Garner of “Alias,” Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and first-time Emmy nominee Patricia Arquette of “Medium.”
In addition to “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” and “Warm Springs,” other nominees in the TV movie category are “Lackawanna Blues,” “The Office Special” and “The Wool Cap.”
HBO was the top network with 93 nominations, even though its top rated show, “The Sopranos,” took a break last season. CBS was second with 59 nominations, followed by NBC with 54, ABC with 51 and Fox with 49.
Nominated for supporting males in a comedy series were 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 Tayler 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 are William Shatner of “Boston Legal,” Oliver Platt of “Huff” and Alan Alda of “The West Wing.” Nominees for supporting actress include 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.”