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Sarah Silverman lands in the Top 10 list of Emmy semifinalists for best comedy actress! Not laughing: snubbed 'Desperate Housewives' star Teri Hatcher

June 30, 2008 |  7:42 pm

No joke: Sarah Silverman is on the Emmy list of Top 10 semifinalists for best comedy actress. Thus "The Sarah Silverman Program" might score a breakthrough bid for Comedy Central after judges review sample episodes and accountants calculate votes. In past years HBO and Showtime were the only cable channels whose stars were nominated in this category.


Biggest omission from this top 10 list: What do Emmy voters have against Teri Hatcher? While all three of her "Desperate Housewives" costars — Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and even the vampy Eva Longoria Parker — made the cut, Hatcher got snubbed. Also missing from the list of funny ladies: past winner Patricia Heaton ("Back to You") and, on a lighter note, Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana").

Today members of the TV acting's acting branch who serve as judges of the Emmy performance categories began receiving sample series episodes with their ballots. Judges are permitted to view them leisurely at home, but must sign an affidavit attesting that they watched all DVDs. They rank the entries 10 (best score) to 1. Accountants combine their scores with results of the original popular vote on a 50-50 basis, then determine the nominees, which will be unveiled July 17.

While the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released the top 10 lists of contenders for best comedy and drama series last week, it announced that it will not disclose the acting lists. However, Gold Derby is now starting to get word and will publish results over the next few days, just as we have over the previous two years when the academy refused to release any info. We hope that our disclosures will hike pressure on academy to disclose all semifinalist info — as the Oscars and Daytime Emmys do as a matter of open policy.

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?" ("The Restraining Order")
Marcia Cross, "Desperate Housewives" ("Now You Know")
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" ("Odor in the Court")
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Sandwich Day")
Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies" ("Bitter Sweets")
Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives" ("Now I Know, Don't Be Scared")
Eva Longoria Parker, "Desperate Housewives" ("In Buddy's Eyes")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine" ("One and a Half Men")
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds" ("Bill Sussman")
Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program" ("Bored of the Rings")

(Comedy Central / ABC)

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It seems like a lot of "journalists" have become lackey's for the publicists of attention junkiies IE Sarah Silverman. No she wasn't on any list for an Emmy, which would be obvious to anyone who's ever seen ten minutes of her pathetically bad acting on that henious piece of crap that her boyfriend helped get on the air.

You can already put Mary McCormick's name down as the frontrunner for 2009! She's awesome on her new show In Plain Sight.

Since when does Miley Cyrus belong in the discussion of being nominated for an emmy??

That was not the real Editor Jax that posted such a hateful comment about Ms. Hatcher. Whoever that was is a creepy stalker and really needs to grow up and get a life.

At least Teri Hatcher is not blaming the writers, as a certain Grey's star is... (alas, Teri's role was not the most interesting or involving this season... maybe she should blame the them....that's it! remove your name from consideration next year, Teri!)

I'm really excited that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is on this list again. She is definitely deserving of this award. If not her, I would go either Tina Fey or Mary-Louise Parker.

Sarah Silverman? TV cannot possibly sink so low to reward her talent-free vile spewing. Please, let's keep a sense of reality in this category and give the nomination to someone more deserving.

SURPRISING OMISSION: Tichina Arnold ("Everybody Hates Chris"), for the third year in a row!

Krystal, Jenna submitted for Supporting Actress in a Comedy..

Tina Fey really deserves the Emmy!

Krysal, Jenna was submitted in tje Supporting not Lead category...

I want to know where Jenna Fisher is on the list? She one of the most wonderful women in a comedy with great deadpan delivery.

What about the other categories? Lead Actor in Comedy and the Supporting roles in comedy??

Miley? As if!

Everyone is sick of Hatchet Face's poor little girl act-she needs to just go away & die.

I'm surprised and really pleased to see Sarah Silverman there - she's one of the edgiest, wittiest comediennes around and that show is a perfect showcase for her. I'd just assumed it was too left-field for Emmy - so props to you, voters.

As for Teri Hatcher, I think I can figure out why she didn't make the cut - because she isn't very good. She's consistently been the weak link in the cast from the beginning. And I don't know why you say "even" Longoria-Parker got nominated - she did hilarious work all season.



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