'Grey's Anatomy,' '24' Lead Emmy Nominations
July 6, 2006

It's Emmy Thursday, which means all over Hollywood you can hear champagne bottles popping!

But for some of TV's biggest stars, the only sound heard today was that of bubbles of anticipation bursting, including the "Desperate Housewives," who were shut out of all the major categories.

Also overlooked this year was last year's Outstanding Drama Series, "Lost."

Stepping in for ABC was the hit medicine drama "Grey's Anatomy," with 11 nominations. The FOX hit "24" led all TV series with 12 nods, including an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for star Kiefer Sutherland.

But Kiefer will have some tough competition, as he goes head to head with "Law & Order: SVU's" Christopher Meloni, "The West Wing's" Martin Sheen and "Rescue Me's" resident bad boy Dennis Leary.

"Chris, get ready to kiss Martin Sheen's behind," Dennis joked. "I'm sorry, I don't think either one of us has a shot."

In the Lead Actress category, "Commander in Chief's" Geena Davis will square off against Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: SVU" and Kyra Sedgwick, who earned her first ever nod for "The Closer."

"I've never been nominated for an Emmy before," Sedgwick said. "These are my peers; they're amazing actresses. To me, this is the best part and the rest is just a horserace."

On the comedy side, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who hosted this morning's nominations, is up for Best Lead Actress for "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"I'm just all tingly," she confessed to "Extra." "I just can't believe it. I'm floored!"

Up for Best Supporting Comedy Role is Jaime Pressly's trash-talking character on "My Name is Earl."

The "Desperate" and "Lost" snubs weren't the only surprises, as Supporting Actor nominee Michael Imperioli felt his "Sopranos" co-stars deserved some Emmy love too. "I was surprised that some of my co-stars weren't nominated," he admitted. "They're so great and usually they are."

Heidi Klum's "Project Runway" was nominated for a second straight year. And the supermodel told our Tanika Ray she also predicted a nod for Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

"I know he must be upset this morning," she said. "He did not get the phone call."

While Trump cried from his towers, Jon Voight was pleasantly surprised by his nomination for his work as the Pope. "I woke up and saw the sun and I said, I guess I didn't get it,'" he revealed. "Then I got a call and it was a nice surprise."

"Extra" made sure several of the nominees, including "24's" Gregory Itzen and "Entourage's" Jeremy Piven, who we caught up with this morning at his Malibu home, could make that all important first congratulatory phone call with a little help from our friends at Sprint.

The stars each received Sprint's hot new Fusic phone.

Piven's fellow Supporting Comedy Actor nominee Jon Cryer told our Dayna Devon he called his "Two and a Half Men" co-star Charlie Sheen, who also earned a nomination.

"For Charlie Sheen this has been a really, really tough year," Cryer told "Extra." "So for him, it was really a validation."

Find out who takes home Emmy gold, August 27.


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