What are the quickest ways to win an Emmy?

Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy“) and Lauren Graham (“Parenthood“) were snubbed yet again by the Emmys this year. As these TV veterans have yet to reap a single bid, they at least have never lost an Emmy race. Compare that to poor Bill Maher who picked up his 25th career nomination with a bid for Best Variety Series nomination for “Real Time.” He lost all two dozen of his previous races and once again faces the “Daily Show” which has won eight years in a row.

Maher would do well to learn from the example of Ryan Seacrest who has been repeatedly snubbed for “American Idol.” The singing contest has never won Best Reality-Competition Series, and Seacrest has lost Best Reality Host to Jeff Probst (“Survivor“) every year since the category was created in 2008. But Seacrest has matching Emmy bookends. He earned a Daytime Emmy in 2006 as a co-host of the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade” which was named Best Special Class Special and a Primetime Emmy last year as executive producer of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which won Best Reality Series.

The same Christmas Parade also ended the losing streak of Kelly Ripa, who has been a staple of daytime television since 1990 on “All My Children” and then “Live with Regis and Kelly,” but at the time had never won for either show; she and Philbin finally won Best Talk Show Host this year.

So if you’re a perennially snubbed television star, or perhaps want to quickly cross off the “E” in your EGOT there is hope. View our gallery of the top 10 ways to win an Emmy and find out how others have captured the attention of television’s fickle golden girl. VIEW GALLERY


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