They may not be on the air, but they're on the ballot.
At least seven defunct TV shows were nominated for Primetime Emmys on Thursday, including "Lost," "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Monk," "24," "Heroes" and "Flash Forward."
ABC's "Lost," which has been nominated every year since 2005, received 12 bids, making it the sixth-most nominated show this year.
"For a show to be nominated when it's not on the air anymore — we canceled ourselves but we're still canceled — is pretty awesome," said co-creator Damon Lindelof.
But "Lost" was a special situation because its creators set out the parameters when it started, dealt with a finite time to complete it and felt mounting pressure to go out with a bang, said co-creator Carlton Cuse.
"We told the story that we wanted to tell and we were really fortunate that we got to do that and end the show on our own terms," he said.
"The story ended. It wasn't because people lost interest or the quality of the show was falling off," said Matthew Fox, who is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. "We were at the peak of our game."
However, most of the other defunct-but-nominated shows went out with less glory.
The "New Adventures of Old Christine" ended its run after five seasons because CBS wouldn't renew the show.
"I was relieved to see that the Academy spelled my name right," said nominated star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, referring to the recent misspelling of her name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "As I am now a free agent, Lebron and I will be announcing our plans later this evening."
Production on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" came to an abrupt halt after a mere seven months when failing ratings for the short-lived, prime-time debut of "The Jay Leno Show" led to O'Brien's departure.
But O'Brien didn't shy too far away from the irony of being nominated on a canceled show, tweeting "Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien.'"
Meanwhile, Don Mischer, executive producer of the Aug. 29 Emmy ceremony, says there are plans to honor the canceled shows within the broadcast.
"The Grammys generally have all new material. The Oscars have all new material each year, each season. But we have repeat shows that are nominated," Mischer explained. "So that's one of the things that we kind of have to deal with and figure out how to make it emotional and meaningful. Now this year, with ... all that going off the air, that is an opportunity for an emotional goodbye kind of thing."