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Up close: Emmy judges' DVDs for best comedy actress

August 26, 2008 | 10:34 am

Right now, about 50 to 75 actors who belong to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are judging the Emmy race for best comedy actress. They're viewing a sample episode submitted by each nominee: Christina Applegate ("The Restraining Order" from "Samantha Who?"), America Ferrera ("Odor in the Court" from "Ugly Betty"), Tina Fey ("Sandwich Day" from "30 Rock"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("One and a Half Men" from "The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Mary-Louise Parker, ("Bill Sussman" from "Weeds"). To see what sample episodes are being viewed in other Emmy races, CLICK HERE.

Below are photos of the actual discs used to judge outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, plus their plastic case. I made a goof while setting up these pix, all of which you can view if you click on the "Continue Reading" link underneath the two pix below. Can you spot the mistake? I'm too lazy to fix it by shooting a new photo (gimme a break -– I'm battling a nasty flu), so I'm turning this into a quiz for fun. Hint: The goof is located in the third photo down, which can be viewed –- along with the answer to this quiz -– after the jump.

After viewing these disks, voters must sign an affadavit attesting that they watched all of the sample DVDs. Then they must return the affadavits and their ballots to the TV academy by Friday.





The mistake in the third photo from top: there are two disks of "The New Adventures of Old Christine." The TV academy accidentally sent me duplicate boxes of that category. I caught the goof when I moved in closer to take a picture of three disks. Then I swapped out one of the "Christine" disks for "Samantha Who?" and took the close-up snapshot at bottom.

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