Six Feet Under tops Emmy noms

Jul 18, 2002 by Ian Evans

HBO’s Six Feet Under topped the Emmy Award nominations today with 23 nods from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. NBC’s The West Wing was a close second with 21 nominations.

They’ll both be competing with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order and 24 in the Best Drama category.

In the comedy field, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Will & Grace and Friends go head-to-head with HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Speaking of Friends, three of the coffee-drinking sextet, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, received nominations.

We asked Tom O’Neil, author of The Emmys and host of the award-predictions website, what he thought of today’s nominations. “Voters set off an Emmy earthquake, which shook up the old, usual lineup,” Tom said. “Out with Frasier and ER, in with Six Feet Under, 24, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bernie Mac, CSI. New young rivals arrived and what’s remarkable is that they’re not ratings hits. TV’s top award seemed to be tuned in at last to the shows TV critics have been carping about.”

See our nominations coverage for all the details.