Your Emmy picks -- and ours

The results of Salon's TV Week Reader Poll are in. And the winners are...

Published August 26, 2006 1:00PM (EDT)

We asked, and nearly 4,000 of you voted on our creatively altered Emmy ballot. We've ranked your choices in each category in order of preference. (Nominees in red were additions by Salon, and not official Emmy nominees.) Our choices are at the end of each selection. And we'll add the official Emmy winners after they're announced on Sunday night. (Update: Go here for the full list of the actual winners.)

Outstanding Comedy Series
1. Arrested Development * Fox
2. The Office * NBC
3. Weeds * Showtime
4. Scrubs * NBC
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm * HBO
6. Reno 911 * Comedy Central
7. Will & Grace * NBC
8. Two and a Half Men * CBS

Our pick: Although "The Office" was consistently entertaining and the omission of "Weeds" from the nominees is nothing short of a disgrace, "Arrested Development" was unreasonably funny in its final season, outshining every other comedy in big, hearty laughs per minute. If only those nasty Bluths were returning to our loving arms this fall!

Outstanding Drama Series
1. Battlestar Galactica * SciFi
2. Deadwood * HBO
3. Six Feet Under * HBO
4. House * Fox
5. Lost * ABC
6. Veronica Mars * UPN
7. Grey's Anatomy * ABC
8. The Sopranos * HBO
9. The West Wing * NBC / 24 * Fox (tie)
10. The Shield * FX

Our pick: "Six Feet Under." Yes, the fact that "Lost" (last year's Emmy winner), "Deadwood" and "Battlestar Galactica" weren't nominated at all is egregious enough, but how in the world could they have passed up "Six Feet Under" in its final, brilliant season? As much as we'd love to give a hearty pat on the back to the first three, the send-off Alan Ball gave the Fishers will stay with us as the most emotionally riveting, memorable TV in recent history.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
1. The Office * NBC * Steve Carell as Michael Scott
2. Arrested Development * Fox * Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
3. My Name Is Earl * NBC * Jason Lee as Earl Hickey
4. Monk * USA * Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm * HBO * Larry David as himself
6. That 70s Show * Fox * Topher Grace as Eric Foreman
7. Two and a Half Men * CBS * Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper
8. The King of Queens * CBS * Kevin James as Doug Heffernan

Our pick: While passing up Jason Bateman and Jason Lee as nominees in favor of Charlie Sheen is basically unfathomable, this one clearly goes to Steve Carell, whose oddball tics and comic flourishes make "The Office" the queasily fun freak show that it is.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1. Deadwood * HBO * Ian McShane as Al Swearengen
2. House * Fox * Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
3. Law & Order: Criminal Intent * NBC * Vincent D'Onofrio as Robert Goren
4. Six Feet Under * HBO * Peter Krause as Nate Fisher
5. Rescue Me * FX * Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin
6. The West Wing * NBC * Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet
7. 24 * Fox * Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
8. Law & Order SVU * NBC * Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler
9. The Shield * FX * Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey

Our pick: We love Peter Krause, Hugh Laurie and Michael Chiklis in this category, but no one comes close to Ian McShane of "Deadwood." We could watch that man polish silver for an hour every week -- and apparently Academy voters were polishing their silver instead of watching "Deadwood" last summer, or else McShane would be taking home a little golden c***sucker this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
1. Weeds * Showtime * Mary Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin
2. Malcolm in the Middle * Fox * Jane Kaczmarek as Lois
3. The Comeback * HBO * Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish
4. Will & Grace * NBC * Debra Messing as Grace Adler
5. The New Adventures of Old Christine * CBS * Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell
6. Out of Practice * CBS * Stockard Channing as Lydia Barnes

Our pick: Mary Louise Parker clearly deserved the nomination for her role on "Weeds," but our favorite in this category is still Lisa Kudrow, for her brilliance on "The Comeback." (Note to HBO: Bring Valerie Cherish back, damn it!)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1. Battlestar Galactica * SciFi * Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin
2. Veronica Mars * UPN * Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars
3. Six Feet Under * HBO * Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher
4. Six Feet Under * HBO * Lauren Ambrose as Claire Fisher
5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit * NBC * Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson
6. The Closer * TNT * Kyra Sedgewick as Brenda Leigh Johnson
7. The West Wing * NBC * Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg
8. Deadwood * HBO * Molly Parker as Alma Garret
9. Commander in Chief * ABC * Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen

Our pick: As great as Mary McDonnell and Molly Parker were, who can deny Frances Conroy's fine performance on "Six Feet Under"?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1. Arrested Development * Fox * Will Arnett as Gob Bluth
2. Entourage * HBO * Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold
3. Arrested Development * Fox * David Cross as Tobias Funke
4. Will & Grace * NBC * Sean Hayes as Jack
5. My Name Is Earl * NBC * Giovanni Ribisi as Ralph Mariano
6. Malcolm in the Middle * Fox * Bryan Cranston as Hal
7. Weeds * Showtime * Justin Kirk as Andy Botwin
8. Two and a Half Men * CBS * Jon Cryer as Alan Harper
9. Weeds * Showtime * Kevin Nealon as Doug Wilson

Our pick: Kevin Nealon, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Piven, David Cross and Will Arnett? This category is packed with serious comic talent, and how do you compare Jack to Gob, or Ari to Tobias? For some reason, though, we can't quite get the understated idiocy of Doug Wilson on "Weeds" out of our pea brains, so this one goes to Kevin Nealon.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1. Six Feet Under * HBO * Michael C. Hall as David Fisher
2. The Sopranos * HBO * Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
3. Lost * ABC * Terry O'Quinn as John Locke
4. Boston Legal * ABC * William Shatner as Denny Crane
5. Veronica Mars * UPN * Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars
6. 24 * Fox * Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan
7. The West Wing * NBC * Alan Alda as Arnold Vinick
8. Lost * ABC * Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah
9. Huff * Showtime * Oliver Platt as Russell Tupper

Our pick: How is it possible that Michael C. Hall of "Six Feet Under" is passed up for this category, year after year, when he's one of the most riveting, nuanced actors on TV? And William Shatner won last year? Where does the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences find the lobotomized monkeys who vote for this stuff, anyway?

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
1. My Name Is Earl * NBC * Jaime Pressly as Joy
2. Arrested Development * Fox * Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth
3. Weeds * Showtime * Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes
4. Scrubs * NBC * Sarah Chalke as Elliot Reid
5. Will & Grace * NBC * Megan Mullally as Karen
6. Curb Your Enthusiasm * HBO * Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David
7. Arrested Development * Fox * Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Funke
8. Desperate Housewives * ABC * Alfre Woodard as Betty Applewhite

Our pick: While Jessica Walter was just as brilliant as ever on "Arrested Development" and Jaime Pressly was fantastic as Joy on "My Name Is Earl," we have to give this one to Elizabeth Perkins for her mesmerizing, tragicomic turn as Celia Hodes on "Weeds."

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1. Battlestar Galactica * SciFi * Katee Sackhoff as Kara Thrace (Starbuck)
2. Deadwood * HBO * Paula Malcomson as Trixie
3. Six Feet Under * HBO * Rachel Griffiths as Brenda Fisher
4. 24 * Fox * Jean Smart as Martha Logan
5. Grey's Anatomy * ABC * Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang
6. Grey's Anatomy * ABC * Chandra Wilson as Dr. Bailey
7. The West Wing * NBC * Stockard Channing as Abigail Bartlet
8. Boston Legal * ABC * Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt
9. Huff * Showtime * Blythe Danner as Izzy Huffstodt

Our pick: As much as we loved Rachel Griffiths of "Six Feet Under" and Paula Malcomson of "Deadwood," Jean Smart's jittery, eminently sympathetic performance as Martha Logan was one of the major highlights of "24" last season.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
1. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart * Comedy Central
2. The Colbert Report * Comedy Central
3. Real Time With Bill Maher * HBO
4. Chappelle's Show * Comedy Central
5. Da Ali G Show * HBO
6. Late Show With David Letterman * CBS
7. Late Night With Conan O Brien * NBC
8. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno * NBC
9. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson * NBC

Our pick: Lord knows how much we adore "The Colbert Report," but in terms of consistent laughs, night after night, our heart belongs to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)
1. South Park * Comedy Central
2. The Simpsons * Fox
3. Family Guy * Fox
4. The Boondocks * Cartoon Network
5. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends * Cartoon Network
6. Drawn Together * Comedy Central
7. Camp Lazlo * The Sting * Fox

Our pick: "South Park." Thank the good Lord we have Trey Parker and Matt Stone to take the piss out of Scientology in the manner it so richly deserves. The whole Chef series, ending in his untimely death, was so very, very rich, we'll treasure it for years to come.

Outstanding Miniseries
1. Elizabeth I * HBO
2. Bleak House * PBS
3. Sleeper Cell * Showtime
4. Into the West * TNT

Our pick: "Bleak House" was addictive and sharp, but nothing held our attention quite like Showtime's dark but moving "Sleeper Cell."

Outstanding Reality Program
1. 30 Days * FX
2. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! * Showtime
3. Antiques Roadshow * PBS
4. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List * Bravo
5. The Dog Whisperer * National Geographic
6. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition * ABC
7. Intervention * A&E
8. Laguna Beach * MTV
9. So Notorious * VH1

Our pick: Frankly, aside from "Penn & Teller," the nominees in this category strike us as utter "Bullshit!" Which leaves us to our own nominees: Both "Intervention" and "30 Days" are informative, intelligent shows that push the boundaries of reality programming, but for its overall consciousness-raising and entertainment value, we're going to have to go with Morgan Spurlock's "30 Days."

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
1. Project Runway * Bravo
2. The Amazing Race * CBS
3. American Idol * Fox
4. Survivor * CBS
5. Dancing With the Stars * ABC
6. So You Think You Can Dance * Fox
7. America's Next Top Model * UPN
8. Rock Star * CBS

Our pick: Come on, is there really any question that "Project Runway" completely outshines the other nominees in this category? The combination of creative challenges, smart casting, and clever editing add up to "Project Runway" setting the bar increasingly high for all the other reality competitions.

Worst Show on Television
1. Big Brother * CBS
2. Flavor of Love * VH1
3. Laguna Beach * MTV
4. My Fair Brady * VH1
5. Two and a Half Men * CBS
6. 24 * Fox
7. Entourage * HBO
8. The L Word * Showtime

Our pick: While "Entourage" remains skin-deep and "Two and a Half Men" remains laugh-free, nothing offends quite like empty-headed rich kids, prattling on about their sad little lives for a half-hour every week as the unbearably sugary pop anthem du jour struggles mightily to make it all seem dramatic and important. But we still owe an honorable mention to VH1's "Flavor of Love," whose Springer-esque catfights and nauseating antics gave MTV a run for its money.

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