Outstanding Drama Series
See why ''CSI,'' ''The Sopranos,'' ''Six Feet Under,'' ''24,'' and ''The West Wing'' wowed Emmy voters this year
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
SIX FEET UNDER L.A.'s most ghoulish family managed to dig up the bulk of the nominations this year with an impressive 16 nods, most of which went to the stellar cast. The two big oversights? The gone but not forgotten Lili Taylor (Lisa) departs without a second nomination, and Michael C. Hall (David) also misses out on nod No. 2.
Six Feet Under
THE SOPRANOS It's a long wait for fresh blood from this series (the fifth season debuts in March 2004). Lucky for Tony that Emmy voters can't shake their memories of Ralphie Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) getting whacked and Adrianna (Drea de Matteo) making a forced conversion from loyal girlfriend to stool pigeon. Will Tony be happy if Emmy fails to show respect? Fuhggedaboudit.
24 What a difference a day makes: The Fox show is back yet again in the drama category, and star Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer) scored his second nod for Outstanding Actor. Emmy voters didn't shower the series with nominations this time, but with a poisoned President Palmer, next year could be the best yet.
24, Sarah Wynter, ...
THE WEST WING With dialogue that includes more political mumbo jumbo than a Senate intelligence committee report, this three-time Outstanding Drama winner once seemed unbeatable. But with the recent exit of mastermind Aaron Sorkin and dwindling ratings, President Bartlet may be vulnerable to the opposition this year.
Martin Sheen, The West Wing