By Michael Slezak
Updated July 12, 2006 at 04:55 PM EDT
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Just when I was about to finish my morning blogging and attempt to clean off my desk, the good folks at Gold Derby had to go and spoil my plans by posting YouTube videos of the episodes that this year’s Emmy nominees submitted to the awards’ judging panels to highlight their strongest work. (Click here for the full video slate, and here for an explanation of how the process works.) I don’t know what you were planning to do this afternoon, but I’ll bet you’d rather review Lisa Kudrow’s ”Valerie Does Another Classic Leno” or Will Arnett’s ”Making a Stand.” Or perhaps you’d be better off getting some insight on which episodes Stockard Channing, Kevin James, and Two and a Half Men submitted to beat out some of their more critically beloved rivals for a nod. Whatever you do, though, try not to let your boss catch you in the act, and be sure to share with your fellow PopWatchers which episodes impressed you the most (and the least). Me, I’m thinking Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay’s ”911″ is going to (finally) get her to the podium this year. I mean, it’s a pretty awesome achievement to act opposite an inanimate object for almost an hour and make it riveting. And, no, that’s not a knock on her nominated costar, Christopher Meloni, it’s…oh, just watch it and see for yourself.

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