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Emmy category shockeroos: January Jones moves up, Patrick Dempsey drops down

May 25, 2009 |  4:57 pm

There's a lot of curious stuff in the campaign material being shipped to Emmy voters, chiefly about category placement. Let's take this show by show.

"The Big Bang Theory" — Kaley Cuoco goes for lead.

"Big Love" — Among the female stars, only Jeanne Tripplehorn has been submitted for lead.

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"Damages" — There was speculation that Rose Byrne might move up to lead from supporting, but she remains in the second tier. (And who can blame her? Would YOU take on Glenn Close, who won last year for her fire-spitting portrayal of a dragon corporate attorney?) Also in supporting: John Doman, Tate Donovan, Anastasia Griffith, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Timothy Olyphant. Ted Danson drops from supporting to guest star.

"ER" — Angela Bassett goes for lead.

"Friday Night Lights" — Connie Britton stays down in supporting after initially competing in the lead slot in the show's first year.

"Gossip Girl" — All in the lead races: Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester.
"Grey's Anatomy" — Only Ellen Pompeo remains in lead. Patrick Dempsey has dropped down to supporting.

"Mad Men" — January Jones moves up to lead, alongside Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm. Only Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery are in supporting. All others in guest, including Patrick Fischler, Colin Hanks, Melina McGraw, Robert Morse, Mark Moses and Joel Murray.

"Scrubs" — After all of these years, Judy Reyes competes for lead comedy actress

"Secret Diary of a Call Girl" — Competes in comedy categories, not drama.

"Sons of Anarchy" — Only Charlie Hunnam is lead. Katey Sagal is supporting.

"Southland" — Regina King goes for lead.

Photos: AMC, ABC

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Note: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly cited Cannes winner "Fahrenheit 911" as an Oscar winner. The correction has been made.