'Housewives,' 'Will & Grace' Lead for Most Emmy Nods
July 14, 2005

The Emmys are setting up shop on Wisteria Lane! "Desperate Housewives" grabbed 15 total nominations Thursday morning, including one for Marcia Cross, who said she immediately called her castmates after hearing the news.

"It's completely surreal. It's hard to believe it's happening," Cross admitted. "Felicity, then Teri, then Nicollette called. I don't know where Eva is, I just found her yesterday, so I'll be calling her later."

Also nominated were Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher, who told "Good Morning America's" Diane Sawyer Thursday morning that her daughter is already excited. "I said, 'There's kind of a big award thing being announced, it's no big deal,' and she said, 'Oh mommy, you'll win,'" Hatcher told Sawyer.

Hatcher also touched on the fact that fellow "Housewives" Nicollette Sheridan and Eva Longoria weren't nominated. "Eva and Nicollette are such an integral part of the chemistry and talent on the show," Hatcher said. "We love them and think they're terrific."

And while only one star may take home the Best Actress in a Comedy Emmy, all of the nominees took home a little something from "Extra:" a diamond pendant necklace from Hearts on Fire.

Meanwhile, "Extra" caught up with creator Marc Cherry on the set for a little celebration. "It's incredible," Cherry admitted. "It was one of relief because so many people had been predicting we were going to do well, that suddenly I thought, 'If we don't do well we'll be the story.'"

Leaving the Lane, Oscar winner Halle Berry is looking to add an Emmy to her growing collection of awards, and our Tanika Ray caught up with the star to talk about her Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nod for Oprah's project "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

"Nominations are great, but the real win was the fact I got to be part of two films this year," Berry told us. "When Oprah asked me to be a part of 'Their Eyes Were Watching God,' and when HBO said they would make 'Lackawanna Blues,' I thought, 'I won already!'"

But Halle will be up against some stiff competition: former "Sex and the City" siren Cynthia Nixon, who was nominated for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in HBO's "Warm Springs."

"I was hoping," Nixon admitted. "I will enjoy it. My children will enjoy it; we will have a very good time."

And even though the show is gone, Emmy still loves "Raymond," and Doris Roberts racked up another nomination. "I think it's 12," she admitted.

And from veterans to newcomers, "Grey's Anatomy's" Sandra Oh received her first Emmy nod, and the star told us, "My parents were thrilled. They didn't know exactly what it was. They were like, 'Which one is it?' 'For television, Emmys are for television.' But they're really, really excited."

Also excited was mom-to-be Heidi Klum who landed her first Emmy nomination for producing and hosting "Project Runway." "Being nominated for an Emmy is pretty cool," she said.

This year's Emmy-nominated men include Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, Peter Boyle and Eric McCormack, to name a few, and "Extra" was celebrating with the stars at the crack of dawn Wednesday.

Bateman was in New York, where he's working on a movie with fellow Best Actor in a Comedy nominee Zach Braff. "It's going to very, very uncomfortable for the remainder of the production," Bateman joked. "I'm going to ask him not to look me directly in the eyes. I'm going to try and injure him in some way, you know preferably kill him. That would be great. Then I would only be up against three!"

One of those three is Eric McCormack, who signed "Extra's" special guest book and predicted an Emmys to remember. "We're going into our final season with 15 nominations, reminding the world that we're still going strong," he said.

Meanwhile, Best Actor in a Drama nominee Hugh Laurie received a dose of good news for his work on FOX's "House." "It feels terrific because I've never been entirely sure that I should be an actor," he admitted.

Hugh will face off with "Deadwood's" Ian McShane and FOX's other main man, Kiefer Sutherland, as well as a very surprised Hank Azaria for his Showtime drama, "Huff."

"I checked my e-mail, and it was like, 'Congratulations,'" Azaria recalled. "I was like, 'Oh what? Really?' Because we were really surprised."

Jeremy Piven put HBO's hip hit "Entourage" on the Emmy map, and he got the news about his Best Supporting Actor nod after an all-night ESPY Awards after party with his castmates. "I got home about a quarter to five and changed clothes," he admitted. "This is the face of a man who has been drinking a lot of adult beverages and has not slept."

And speaking of celebrating, how will the stars do it?

"I'm going to go out and have dinner with my wife and my family tonight," Boyle revealed.

Ryan Seacrest added, "I think we're going to get together with Paula tomorrow night and also Randy and have dinner."

So from the leading ladies to the magnificent men, "Extra" wishes TV's top stars a big congratulations!


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