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Emmys name 20 semifinalists

June 28, 2008|From the Associated Press

The Emmy nominations could mark a breakthrough for shows as varied as "The Wire," "Mad Men" and "Family Guy."

The programs are among the 10 drama series and 10 comedies that have emerged as the semifinalists in balloting by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members.

The final five nominees in each category will be determined with the help of blue-ribbon panels that are to screen submitted episodes for the top vote-getters this weekend. The results, based on both the academy vote and the panels' decisions, will be announced July 17.

As posted by the TV academy on its website, the best drama semifinalists are "Boston Legal," "Damages," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Lost," "Mad Men," "The Tudors" and "The Wire."

Semifinalists for best comedy are "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."

The winners will be unveiled Sept. 21.

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