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My crystal ball picks the Emmy winners

Why wait another two months? These are the dog days, after all. So what better time to select my Emmy Award winners?

Besides, for once, the folks doing the nominating didn't come up with any embarrassing surprises or egregious omissions. Well, maybe there's one oddity: 'The West Wing' overflowing with 15 nominations, including best drama didn't produce the spark of past seasons.

So, why wait until Fox reveals the winners and losers on Sept. 21? Let's end the suspense now:

Best made-for-TV movie: If ever there was a slam-dunk, TNT's 'Door to Door' is it. The moving and inspirational story of Portland salesman Bill Porter garnered a category-leading 12 nominations. William H. Macy was nominated for best actor in a movie, and deserves the win, but has rugged competition from Paul Newman in Showtime's 'Our Town.' Helen Mirren (as Porter's mother) and Kathy Baker (as a favorite customer) are up for best supporting actress in a movie. Mirren, also nominated as best actress in a movie for 'The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,' should nab it.

Best variety, music or comedy series: Caught 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on Comedy Central lately? It's the funniest of the nightly shows, leaving Letterman and Leno in its dust. Academy members couldn't be watching the same 'Saturday Night Live' I am, because it's one tired puppy.

Best comedy series: Hands down, it's HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' 'Seinfeld' creator Larry David (who worked for a season on 'Saturday Night Live' back in the '80s and couldn't get a single sketch on the air) is the funniest character on TV. That's because he plays himself. 'Sex and the City,' in its sixth and final season, could be a sentimental choice.

Best actress in a comedy series: Jane Kaczmarek, 'Malcolm in the Middle.'

Best actor in a comedy series: Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' But don't be shocked to see him passed over, because creator-executive producers aren't supposed to be able to act.

Best supporting actress in a comedy series: Kim Cattrall, 'Sex and the City.'

Best supporting actor in a comedy series: Peter Boyle in 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and it's about time. Boyle is the only member of the cast not to have won an Emmy.

Best drama series: I'm torn among Fox's '24,' HBO's 'Six Feet Under,' and 'The Sopranos,' which was left off last year's Emmy list because it wasn't on the air during the nominating period. If I had to pick one, my winner would be '24,' which was brilliantly executed this past season. But the smart money is on 'Six Feet Under.'

Best actress in a drama series: Edie Falco, 'The Sopranos.'

Best actor in a drama series: James Gandolfini, 'The Sopranos.' Just imagine the series without Gandolfini. Impossible.

Best supporting actress in a drama series: Lauren Ambrose, 'Six Feet Under.'

Best supporting actor in a drama series: Michael Imperioli, 'The Sopranos.'

Best reality show: New category! New category! Of course, at this rate, it could become the only category as reality shows continue to mutate. 'Survivor' deserves to beat 'American Idol' and 'The Amazing Race,' just because it is the granddaddy of reality series.

Pete Schulberg is the host of 'Portland's Morning News' on KPAM (860 AM). Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .