Charlie Sheen, Ed O'Neill among Emmy snubs

Previous nominees 'Entourage,' 'Family Guy' also left out

With several new shows invading the major Emmy categories this year, competition for a slot was tougher than ever -- and some of the usual or expected honorees were left in the cold.

Snubbed, in other words.

Despite the crowding, this year's annual snub list mostly managed to avoid outright jaw-dropping omissions, though don't tell that to fans of Charlie Sheen.

For the first time in five years, the actor was left out of the best comedy actor category, paving the way for "Glee" star Matthew Morrison to earn a nod.

"Modern Family" star Ed O'Neill may be on a freshman show, but expectations were likewise high for the veteran actor to land a nomination -- especially with five of his co-stars earning their seats in the Nokia Theatre with nominations in supporting categories.

O'Neill's former "Married ... With Children" co-star Katey Sagal was also slighted for her acclaimed work as a biker matriarch on FX's "Sons of Anarchy."

The best series categories contained few surprises, though the absence of HBO's "Entourage" was notable after being nominated for the last three years. Fox's "Family Guy," after making headlines last year as the first animated series in decades to penetrate the best comedy series category, took a back seat this year.

Though the final season of "Lost" was honored for outstanding drama series, the swan songs for "Ugly Betty," "24" and "Law & Order" were left out.

HBO's "The Pacific" captured 24 Emmy nominations -- the most of any program -- yet its actors didn't receive love from the TV academy.

Also shut out: NBC's well-liked "Community," with "Parks & Recreation" picking up its only nod for star Amy Poehler. CBS' "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" was curiously omitted from the competition reality category despite critics calling it the show's best season in memory.

Of all the supposed snubs, the one exclusion that received the most attention wasn't really a snub at all: NBC's Jay Leno was denied a nomination for "The Tonight Show," while Conan O'Brien received a nod for the same show. Except Leno's "Tonight" hasn't landed in that category in seven years. Sometimes a snub just isn't a snub.

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