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Sneak peek inside HBO's Emmys campaign box

April 18, 2007 |  7:33 pm

Right now HBO is shipping out its Emmy campaign box to the 14,000 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Presentation is simple, understated and efficient: two bound volumes measuring about 7 inches square, containing 13 disks each. In between each program sleeve is a cloudy, transparent sheet with a few quotes from major media. One of the three quotes before the "Entourage" section, for example, is a cheer from the Wall Street Journal: "Smart, sharp and funny . . . It's a total blast."

Facing each DVD sleeve is a list of who should be considered for which category. "Entourage" rascals Kevin Connolly and Adrian Grenier are shooting for lead comedy actor. "Rome" touts these lead performers: James Purefoy, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker and Lindsay Duncan. "Deadwood" leads: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker. "Sopranos" leads: just James Gandolfini and Edie Falco. "The Wire" - only Michael K. Williams. "Extras" - only Ricky Gervais. "Lucky Louie" - Louis C.K., Pamela Adlon. Also program category placement. Contrary to rumor, "Comic Relief" aims for that grab-bag "special class" category, not variety/comedy.

The box is much like the one HBO shipped last year. "We decided to keep the package simple and not too builky again," says a HBO spokesman. "We just made a few, small improvements."

"Sopranos" — "Sopranos Home Movies," "Stage 5"
"Entourage" — "One Day in the Valley," "Three's Company," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Sorry, Ari"
"The Wire" — "That's Got His Own," "Final Grades"
"Deadwood" — "A Two-Headed Beast," "The Catbird Seat"
"Rome" — "Philippi," De Patra Vostro (About Your Father)"
"Extras" — "Orlando Bloom," "David Bowie," "Daniel Radcliffe," "Chris Martin," "Ian McKellen," "Jonathan Ross, Robert Lindsay and Robert De Niro"
"Lucky Louie" — "Pilot," "Flowers for Kim," "Discipline," "Kim Moves Out"
"Real Time with Bill Maher" — "Sept. 8, 2006 - Guests: P.J. O'Rourke, Rob Thomas, Joan Walsh, David Gregory, Benjamin Netanyahu." "Oct. 6, 2006 - Guests: Richard Clarke, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Robin Williams, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. John Kerry, Chris Matthews"
"When the Levees Broke" (2 disks)
"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"
"Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs & Blockbusters"
"The Music in Me: Children's Recitals"

"Life Support"
"Angel Rodriguez"
"Tsunami: The Aftermath"
"Comic Relief 2006: Help New Orleans Laugh"
"Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed"
"Dane Cook: Vicious Circle"
"Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired"
"Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin'"
"George Lopez: America's Mexican"
"Louis C.K.: Shameless"
"Cedric the Entertainer: Taking You Higher"
"Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles, Part 1"




(L.A. Times photos by Tom O'Neil)