Despite raves from critics, NBC's football drama "Friday Night Lights" is again snubbed by the Emmys, receiving only one nomination for casting. As a ratings-deficient program, it's the kind of show that could really use awards attention. After three seasons, NBC has renewed it for two more, thanks in part to a partnership with DirecTV.
The academy has typically followed television audiences, which means it snubbed "True Blood." The HBO vampire drama has only in recent weeks broken out as a hit. It earned nominations for art direction, casting and title design, but failed in the larger categories of drama series.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also snubbed Anna Paquin, who won a Golden Globe for her "True Blood" performance earlier this year. Paquin was also overlooked for best actress in a movie or miniseries, having starred in CBS' movie "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler."
"Battlestar Galactica" has run out of Emmy luck. The final season of the science fiction series, which stars Tricia Helfer (pictured), won nominations for several technical categories, including visual effects, directing and editing. Its ardent fans, though, will tell you it deserved a best drama nomination.
Another acclaimed series, FX's "The Shield," also wrapped without nominations, though it has previously been nominated for outstanding writing for a drama series. Michael Chiklis, pictured, who plays the unethical Los Angeles police detective Vic Mackey, won for lead actor in a drama series in 2002.
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The long-running NBC series "ER" also bowed out without a nomination, thought its passing drew much commentary when the final episode aired last spring.
Both William Shatner, pictured, and Christian Clemenson of "Boston Legal" were nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series, but the hit show itself got no nominations.
Jeremy Piven of "Entourage," perhaps feeling a backlash for his abrupt exit of "Speed the Plow" on Broadway due to mercury poisoning, wasn't nominated despite winning supporting actor in a comedy series the last three years.
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The highly rated "Two and a Half Men" on CBS was shut out of best comedy series, though its stars, Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, were both nominated in the acting categories.
Michael Imperioli, a five-time nominee and one-time winner as a supporting actor on "The Sopranos," failed to win a nomination for his generally lauded performance on ABC's "Life on Mars."
Jill Scott wasn't nominated for her performance in the HBO miniseries "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." At least Scott, an R&B singer, can relish her three Grammys.
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J.J. Abrams' new Fox series "Fringe" (stars Anna Tory and Joshua Jackson pictured here) was shut out except for a visual effects nomination. Actor John Noble, who has given one of the show's strongest performances as an unstable scientist, also didn't garner a nomination.
"Mad Men" may have earned a drama-leading 16 bids, yet the actress who was arguably the show's highlight in its second season, January Jones, wasn't nominated.