The 59th Annual Emmy Awards
Live on FOX from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, for the first time in HDTV.
From The AP
'Sopranos' Targets Its Last Emmys
'Sopranos,' `Ugly Betty' Among Top Emmy Contenders; Ryan Seacrest Hosts 59th Annual Ceremony
"The Sopranos" took aim Sunday at its final Emmy Awards while "Heroes" and "Ugly Betty" made a stand for television's new generation.
The mob saga, which ended its six-season run in June, was competing for best drama series and was prominent in the acting categories, with stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and supporting players Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro and Lorraine Bracco up for honors.
"The Sopranos" wasn't a sure bet for the top trophy, which it claimed in 2004: It's rarely gone to a drama after it's off the air. The series also faced tough rivals that included "Grey's Anatomy," the controversy-rocked medical drama, and sci-fi freshman hit "Heroes."
Last year's winner, "24," was snubbed in the nominations.
Newcomer "Ugly Betty," the high-camp series adapted from a Colombian telenovela, was nominated for best comedy and drew a bid for star America Ferrera. Another freshman comedy, "30 Rock," which has drawn critical raves but low ratings, and last year's winner "The Office" also were vying for the comedy crown.
As showtime neared, a parade of stars walked the red carpet: Tony Shalhoub, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, John Stewart, Helen Mirren, Steve Carell and Julie Louis Dreyfuss. Fans cheered, screamed and snapped pictures.
Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" fame was to host the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards show, set to air on Fox from the downtown Shrine Auditorium.
Fans started arriving early Sunday afternoon, filling a set of bleachers overlooking the red carpet.
The usually staid ceremony had a shot at some MTV-style brashness: There were hints that Justin Timberlake might perform the song from "(Blank) in a Box," the racy "Saturday Night Live" fake music video about a gift-wrapped part of the male anatomy.