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STUDIOS PUSH SHOWS FOR EMMY NODS

Just because a series was canceled doesn't mean it should have a chance at an Emmy, right? As the studios and networks go all out in the final week before nominations are due (they must be received by Friday), some unlikely shows, movies and actors are getting a push for the coveted nod, reports Zap2it.com.

CBS' crime drama "Big Apple" was a flop with viewers and received some critical praise, but the production companies behind the series, Paramount and Red Board Productions, have taken out full page ads in the Hollywood trade papers pushing Ed O'Neill for consideration as Best Actor. In addition, O'Neill's mug graces the online site for Variety, where viewers can access all of Paramount's shows for consideration, including the long-gone "The Trouble With Normal" (ABC), "Some of My Best Friends" (CBS) and "Level 9" (UPN), among several others.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox has its own Web site for Emmy voters, www.foryourconsideration.tv, which contains descriptions and information about its shows, including the reality show "American High," which couldn't survive on Fox before being picked up by PBS, and "The Lone Gunmen" and "Kate Brasher," both of which failed to get orders for next fall. "American High," however, could have a chance for a nomination in the newly-created reality show category.

While WB's "Nikki" is coming back for another season, few would give it a chance in the Emmy race. Nonetheless, the show's Mohawk Productions took out a full page ad tempting Emmy voters to tape the show and consider it in a bevy of categories, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Nikki Cox. However, given the show's Las Vegas setting and Cox's on-screen occupation as a showgirl, the series may actually have a change in the creative categories being pushed, which include Costumes, Hairstyling and Choreography.

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