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13 Short-Lived TV Series Nominated for an Emmy After They'd Been Cancelled

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 24, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 24, 2012 |

“Arrested Development” — Outstanding Comedy nomination (and supporting actor nod for Will Arnett) the year it was cancelled.

“Police Squad” — Leslie Nielsen was nominated for Best Actor though the show only aired six episodes before it was cancelled.

“Freaks and Geeks” — There was only one season of “Freaks and Geeks,” but it’s 18 episodes aired over the course of two Emmy seasons. As such, Paul Feig was nominated in two different years for Outstanding Writing on a show that lasted only one year.

“The Ben Stiller Show” — Though the variety show only aired 13 episodes before it was cancelled, the show — which featured the talents of Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, Bob Oedenkirk, and David Cross — won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing.

“Sports Night” — Aaron Sorkin’s first show ran for two seasons, and though it was cancelled after the second, it still picked up nods for casting, directing, and guest actor, William H. Macy. It also won for best cinematography.

“The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” — It aired only one season before Conan got replaced by the man he replaced, Jay Leno. Nevertheless, after its cancellation, the show picked up for Outstanding Variety Series, writing, directing, and art direction.

“Deadwood” — The year after it was cancelled, the show picked up a crap-ton of technical nominations, and even won for Outstanding make-up.

“My So-Called Life” — The teenage drama ran for only one year, but still picked up noms for writing, directing and for outstanding actress (Claire Danes).

“Firefly” — Joss Whedon’s series won the only category it was nominated in the year after it was cancelled: Best visual effects.

“Dead Like Me” — The Showtime series ran for two seasons, and was nominated for outstanding music and special effects after its cancellation.

“Pushing Daisies” — The year after this short-lived series was canceled, it picked up nominations in costumes, hairstyle, art direction, make-up and for supporting actress, Kristen Chenowith.

“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” — Cancelled after its first season, Sorkin’s show still managed four Emmy nods in casting, cinematography, directing, and guest actor (Eli Wallach). It also won for guest actor John Goodman.

“Twin Peaks” — The first season fetched an impressive number of Emmy nods and wins, but it continued to add them for Best Actor (Kyle MacLachlan), Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie), and sound mixing and editing the year after it was cancelled.

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