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‘Six Feet Under’ Leads Emmy Nods

July 18, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The macabre HBO funeral home drama ``Six Feet Under″ received a leading 23 Emmy nominations Thursday, as the television academy recognized an unusually wide range of shows and performers.

While Emmy favorite ``The West Wing″ was a close second with 21 nominations, top bids also went to actor Michael Chiklis, star of the violent and volatile cable police drama ``The Shield,″ and to another cable series, HBO’s sardonic comedy ``Curb Your Enthusiasm.″

Besides a best drama series mention, ``Six Feet Under″ also earned a half-dozen nods for cast members including best actor nominees Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall and best actress nominees Rachel Griffiths and Frances Conroy.

Other shows up for best drama series are NBC’s ``The West Wing,″ which won the category the past two years, CBS’s ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,″ Fox’s ``24″ and NBC’s ``Law & Order,″ which received its 11th nomination in the category, tying ``Cheers″ and ``M-A-S-H″ for the most consecutive bids for a best series nomination, comedy or drama.

The mob heat is off the competition as last year’s front-running nominee ``The Sopranos″ was out of the running because new episodes didn’t show during this year’s the eligibility period.

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