By Michael Slezak
Updated June 21, 2006 at 07:58 PM EDT
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I’ve got a mean case of Emmy fever, and I don’t need no stinkin’ cure. Quite the opposite, in fact, I plan to think about the Emmys every seven seconds right up until nominations are announced on July 6. One website that’s seriously enabling me is Emmy Watch 2006, from GoldDerby‘s forums moderator Robert Licuria. He’s listed the top 15 contenders in each of the major categories, including the five current frontrunners, and you might be surprised to see that he’s listed typical Emmy favorites like Michael Chiklis, Allison Janney, Eric McCormack, and Marcia Cross as potential snubs for 2006.

Of course, given the fact that Emmy has tweaked its nominating procedure this year, Licuria contends you should be more surprised if there’s not a shakeup in the usual suspects. “To put it simply,” he says, “if Lisa Kudrow and/or especially Lauren Graham (pictured) make it into the top 5 of this very competitive [Best Actress in a Comedy] category, then the new system works. If we get lots of Housewives and a pot-seller, then the system has not been effective enough. Simple really. The new system is being dubbed the ‘Lauren Graham System,’ and that’s for a reason. For too long now Ms. Graham has missed out, been snubbed and ignored, and it’s time to end this cycle of fan torture. And I think that after years of snubbery, ATAS has decided to shake things up in the hope that contenders like. Ms Graham have a shot. Call it the Buffy Amendment.”

Still, my colleague Nicholas Fonseca, who was kind enough to write a letter of advocacy to the folks at Emmy, is gonna have some mixed feelinsg if Licuria proves to be an astute handicapper. His pep talk on behalf of My Name Is Earl‘s Jason Lee, Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight, and The Office seems to have worked, but EmmyWatch doesn’t rank Forest Whitaker (The Shield), Leisha Hailey (The L Word), or Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy) in the top 15 of their respective categories. Phooey! Ah well, at least Aunt Sassy isn’t down for the count yet, because as everyone knows, “People like Valerie Cherish, and they don’t want to see her brutalized.”

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