Thursday’s Emmy nominations will represent a final chance at glory for a couple members of the great TV class of 2004-05, as well as a number of other veteran shows that came to an end in the past year. One of those — “House” — seems like a pretty safe bet to score at least a few nominations, but the rest may have a tougher go of it.
What’s below is by no means a complete list of canceled shows going through their final Emmy campaigns. With one sentimental-favorite exception, though, these shows have competed for a number of Emmys in the past, and Zap2it is gauging their chances of doing so one last time.
“House”: Hugh Laurie has been nominated for best lead actor in a drama in six of the show’s previous seven seasons, and it seems unlikely the TV academy will pass him over for his swan song. Whether he’ll finally win the award is a somewhat longer shot, though. Robert Sean Leonard also did some really fine work as Wilson in the series’ final episodes, but in a crowded supporting actor field he might not break through.
“Desperate Housewives”: Like “House,” “Desperate Housewives” premiered in what was arguably the last great season for broadcast TV. After its first three seasons (28 Emmy nominations and six wins), though, the show faded off the academy’s radar. The four seasons prior to 2011-12 yielded only eight nominations and one win, for guest actress Kathryn Joosten in 2008. The trend isn’t likely to change much this year.
“Rescue Me”: FX’s drama about firefighters ended quietly late last summer. When the show was at the top of its game in early seasons, you could argue that it didn’t earn enough recognition from the Emmys, but makeup nominations won’t be forthcoming.
“Entourage”: The academy kicked its “Entourage” habit in 2011, giving it zero nominations for the first time in the show’s history. A stronger comedy field than the show faced in its early years could mean another shutout this time around.
“Chuck”: Does the NBC cult favorite have a shot at lots of Emmy love for its final season? Probably not, given its meager awards history (four nominations and two wins for stunt coordination). Another stunt coordination nod could happen, but it’s destined to remain overlooked in other categories, no matter how many impassioned tweets its fans send.
“Harry’s Law”: Kathy Bates scored a best drama actress nomination last year, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the field again.
The Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday (July 19) at 8:30 a.m ET. Which canceled shows do you hope to see nominated?