But while those and a number of other shows are done for good, they’ll get potentially one more shot at glory when the Emmy nominations are announced on July 8. This year’s potential contenders include a number of past nominees and winners who aired their final seasons in 2009-10. Sentiment can sometimes be a factor in Emmy nominations, but there are also a lot of worthy shows in both the drama and comedy fields this year.
Below is our take on how likely several departed shows — all of whom have received Emmy love in the past — will be in the mix for the 2010 Emmys.
“Lost”: It won the award for best drama series in its first season, but the knock since then has been that it’s too hard to follow for people who haven’t been watching all along. Still, it has to be considered a likely best drama nominee. Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn have both won supporting actor awards in the past and will be contenders again; director Jack Bender and the show’s technical crew should also score nominations. Chances: Excellent.
“24”: We already know that Cherry Jones won’t be a repeat winner as best supporting actress in a drama; she didn’t submit herself for consideration this year. We can see Kiefer Sutherland picking up a final nomination for best actor, but it might be tough for the show to crack the best drama field. Several Creative Arts nominations are likely. Chances: Very good.
“Monk”: Tony Shalhoub is a three-time winner for best actor in a comedy series for playing the obsessive-compulsive detective, and he’s been nominated every year the show has been eligible. The breakout stars in comedy this year have for the most part been women or, in the case of the entire “Modern Family” cast, submitted themselves in the supporting categories, so Shalhoub could make it eight-for-eight. Chances: Good.
“The New Adventures of Old Christine”: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has earned a nomination for playing the lead character in the CBS sitcom for four straight years, and she won the award in 2006. The race for best actress in a comedy could be a tight one this year, but it was last year too, and Louis-Dreyfus still made the cut. Chances: Fair to good.
“Ugly Betty”: The show was an Emmy darling after its first season, earning 11 nominations and winning three awards, including one for lead actress America Ferrera. The show’s nominations have dwindled since then, though, and it earned only two last year, for supporting actress Vanessa Williams and best costumes. Chances: Fair.
“Law & Order”: The upside: NBC’s long-running series has been nominated for outstanding drama series 11 times in its history. The downside: The last one of those came in 2002. A final-season drama series nod is unlikely given the depth of the drama field, but we could see a swan-song nod for someone like S. Epatha Merkerson along with a couple of Creative Arts nominations. Chances: Fair.
“The Tudors”: Showtime’s drama about the reign of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has won four Emmys over its first three seasons — two for costumes and one each for cinematography and main title theme music. It’s never broken through, however, for awards at the prime-time ceremony. Chances: Creative Arts: Very good; Primetime: Poor.