Recent changes in emmy nomination RULES


For the first time in Emmy history, there were first-year shows in the best comedy ("Arrested Development") and best drama ("Joan of Arcadia") series category. There were five newcomers in the top series acting categories: first-time Emmy nominees James Spader, Amber Tamblyn, Mariska Hargitay and Bonnie Hunt as well as previous nominee John Ritter, who received a posthumous first nom for "8 Simple Rules." That was up from one first-timer the year before.

Four shows — the dramas "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" and comedies "The Office" and "Two and a Half Men" — landed their first best-series nominations. There were nine newcomers to the lead series acting categories: Geena Davis, Kyra Sedgwick, Christopher Meloni, Steve Carell, Kevin James, Charlie Sheen, Lisa Kudrow, Stockard Channing and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Five shows — "Entourage," "Boston Legal" and freshmen "Heroes," "30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty" — were first best series nominees. Seven actors scored first lead series acting nominations: Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, America Ferrera, Minnie Driver, Mary-Louise Parker and Sally Field.
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