*The nomination isn't secure yet, but HBO's critically-acclaimed series "The Wire" is very close to nabbing one for outstanding drama series at the upcoming 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
"The Wire" is among the top 10 finalists for nominations in the drama category, as revealed last week by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The contenders were announced on the group's Web site Thursday in a move to thwart the type of Internet leaks that have disrupted the nomination process the past two years.
The lists represents voting from the entire TV Academy membership and comprise 50% of the nomination tally. The other 50% will be determined from last weekend's Blue Ribbon Panel screenings of submitted episodes before a collection of judges. The final list of nominees will be revealed July 17.
"The Wire" faces competition on the short list from AMC's "Mad Men," FX's "Damages" as well as the Showtime second-year pair "Dexter" and "The Tudors." Of the five broadcast network entries, three -- Fox's "House" and ABC's "Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy" -- made the nomination lineup in 2007. The other two are ABC's "Lost" (passed over last year) and NBC's "Friday Night Lights."
As for the ten finalists for outstanding comedy nominations, the list features: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Entourage," "Family Guy," "Flight of the Conchords," "The Office," "Pushing Daisies," "30 Rock," "Two and a Half Men," "Ugly Betty" and "Weeds."