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Can Courteney Cox clean up at the Emmys with 'Dirt'?

June 10, 2008 |  4:35 pm

Courteney Cox has been spurned by the Emmy Awards for two decades. And with the news of the cancellation of her FX series "Dirt" it is unlikely that her losing streak will be broken this year. Nonetheless, I did Courteney_cox_emmys spotlight her as a longshot in my Emmy Awards preview for the print version of The Envelope. (To read my rundown on all the acting races -CLICK HERE.)

Cox and husband David Arquette produced "Dirt," an edgy drama about a tabloid editor whose own life often made headlines. In its freshman year, the series met with only mixed reviews and so-so ratings. Even a guest turn by Jennifer Aniston in the season finale as a rival journalist who ends up in a liplock with Cox did little to boost the show's profile. Adding to the show's woes, the writers strike meant a shortened second season of only seven episodes that recently ran its course.

Before mining for Emmy gold in "Dirt," Courteney Cox had been part of two award-winning sitcom ensembles. Back in the late 80s, she was the feisty foil to Michael J. Fox on "Family Ties." While Fox won two of his three Emmys for seasons in which she co-starred, Cox was not even nominated.

However, far more egregious was the lack of any Emmy love for Courteney Cox during the 10-year run of "Friends." At the time of the show's launch in 1994, Cox was the biggest name among the sextet. But while all of her co-stars racked up Emmy noms and even wins, she was left out in the cold. However, she remained a team player till the end, even donning a fat suit for laughs.

For the rest of the cast, their Emmy Awards record is as follows:

Jennifer Aniston (2 supporting nods; 3 lead nods with 1 win)

Lisa Kudrow (6 supporting nods with 1 win)

Matt LeBlanc (3 lead nods)

Matthew Perry (1 lead nod)

David Schwimmer (1 supporting nod)

(Photo: FX Network)