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Emmy finalists! Read the names right here! Or don't.

In a world where presidential campaigns last two years and the Christmas shopping season starts on Labor Day, I suppose it was inevitable that even something as dreary as the Emmy race couldn't be contained to two months. The Academy of Television Arts And Sciences released the 10 finalists for best drama and best comedy Friday. The acting finalists weren't released, probably so the academy can make a big deal out of it next week and get twice the bang for its worthless buck.

DRAMA

Boston Legal

Damages

Dexter

Friday Night Lights

Grey’s Anatomy

House

Lost

Mad Men

The Tudors

The Wire

COMEDY

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Entourage

Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords

The Office

Pushing Daisies

30 Rock

Two and a Half Men

Ugly Betty

Weeds

Tudorsdm2310_468x402 If there was the tiniest, most infinitesimal doubt about the sheer stupidity of the Emmys, the presence The Tudors -- dull and silly even by the standards of the soft-corn porn it is -- should dispel it. But Hollywood voters put it there anyway. Now so-called blue-ribbon panels will screen the finalists and pare them down to five nominees, to be released July 17, unless my prayers are answered and a comet strikes the Earth.

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