2002 Primetime Emmy Awards
The Emmys are like that holiday party you end up going to every year, even though you know you’ll see the same old crowd. Only this year, the host has put together a much hipper guest list. Frasier didn’t get an invite (which is cool, because it’s always embarrassing to bump into your shrink in public). But a couple of old Friends you’ve never seen here before are coming, and they’re both named Matt (LeBlanc and Perry). NYPD Blue’s bald bad cop Dennis Franz didn’t make the cut; he’s been replaced by The Shield’s balder, badder cop Michael Chiklis. And who’s that hottie in the corner? Why, it’s Alias’ Jennifer Garner! She’s comparing spy-game notes with 24’s Kiefer Sutherland. Here’s our guide to who RSVP’d for the TV Academy’s annual shindig — and who we think should go home with the evening’s most coveted party favors.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Bernie Mac, The Bernie Mac Show Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond Kelsey Grammer, Frasier *Matt LeBlanc, Friends Matthew Perry, Friends
WHO SHOULD WIN LeBlanc’s heartfelt work as love- struck Joey made him last season’s best Friend.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond *Jennifer Aniston, Friends Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City Debra Messing, Will & Grace
WHO SHOULD WIN Aniston delivered the funniest TV pregnancy since Lucy gave birth to LIttle Ricky.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm Everybody Loves Raymond *Friends Sex and the City Will & Grace
WHO SHOULD WIN In a year when we needed our Friends more than ever, they were there for us. Hard to believe the show’s never won before, but better late than never.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond Wendie Malick, Just Shoot Me *Cynthia Nixon, Sex and the City Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City Megan Mullally, Will & Grace
WHO SHOULD WIN For movingly dealing with death (her TV mom) and birth (her TV son), NIxon’s the one.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond David Hyde Pierce, Frasier Bryan Cranston, Malcolm in the Middle Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
WHO SHOULD WIN Malcolm may be in the middle, but Cranston’s hilarious Hal deserves to end up on top.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Michael Chiklis, The Shield Michael C. Hall, Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Six Feet Under *Kiefer Sutherland, 24 Martin Sheen, The West Wing
WHO SHOULD WIN A Lost Boy no more, Sutherland has found a dream role as secret agent man Jack Bauer.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
*Jennifer Garner, Alias Amy Brenneman, Judging Amy Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under Allison Janney, The West Wing
WHO SHOULD WIN Jennifer’s breathtaking work as spy Sydney Bristow should Garner her a statuette.