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Emmy Watch: Drama Nominees

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Jul. 15 2008, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Another TV season has come and gone, which means only one thing -- Emmy season is upon us! Nominations for the 60th Annual Primetime Emmys will be announced on Thursday, and in anticipation of it, OK! brings you its own predictions of who will make the cut. First up -- the drama categories.

Drama Series

Boston Legal

Damages

House

Lost

Mad Men

With last year's winner The Sopranos gone for good, there's room for more new blood in the lineup. Critically acclaimed freshmen dramas Damages and the Golden Globe-winning Mad Men to should find their way on the list, alongside past nominees, popular favorite House and the always baity Boston Legal. The final spot should go to Lost, but don't be surprised if Grey's Anatomy pops up.

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Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House

Denis Leary, Rescue Me

James Spader, Boston Legal

Defending champion -- and three-time winner -- James Spader will return yet again, as will the way overdue Hugh Laurie. Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm is all but a shoo-in as well. That leaves two spots. As a past nominee, Denis Leary has an edge to get back in while a newbie slot should go to Bryan Cranston, thrice a supporting comedy actor nominee for Malcolm in the Middle. The pitch-perfect Michael C. Hall may just miss the cut given the macabre nature of Dexter.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Glenn Close, Damages

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Three years ago, it was supposed to a head-to-head race between Glenn Close and Mariska Hargitay for top honors, but Medium's Patricia Arquette upset them all. That shouldn't happen this time, but you'll never know with those Emmy voters! A constant for the last four years, Mariska should be back, as will Glenn, this time for Damages, not The Shield. Rounding out the field will be the TNT girl-power duo of Kyra Sedgwick and Holly Hunter, and you can't count out reigning queen Sally Field, whose tape -- her dealing with her son in Iraq -- is right up voters' alley.

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Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Ted Danson, Damages

Michael Emerson, Lost

William Shatner, Boston Legal

John Slattery, Mad Men

Blair Underwood, In Treatment

In a shocker, last year's champ, Lost's Terry O'Quinn didn't even make the Top 10 list! But that just means more room for his co-star(s). Michael Emerson, who lost out to Terry last year, should nab a nod, and 2005 nominee Naveen Andrews could very well join him. Hammy William Shatner, who's won two statuettes for Denny Crane, should return while scene-stealers Ted Danson, John Slattery and Blair Underwood will get first-time nods for their new shows.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Candice Bergen, Boston Legal

Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters

Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy

Dianne Wiest, In Treatment

Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy

This is better known as "The Category Katherine Heigl Removed Herself From." The Grey's star won't be around to defend her crown, but she could pass it along to her colleagues, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson, who would be earning their fourth and third consecutive nominations, repsectively. Crashing the hospital party will be the heartbreaking Rachel Griffiths, legal eagle Candice Bergen (who famously withdrew her name from Emmy consideration after winning five times for Murphy Brown) and double Oscar winner Dianne Wiest.

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