The Emmy nominees were announced this morning. Here they are:
Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Dexter," Showtime; "The Good Wife," CBS; "Lost," ABC; "True Blood," HBO; "Mad Men," AMC.
Comment: Not really a lot of surprise here, except maybe "True Blood." "Rescue Me" would have been a better choice, or "Friday Night Lights."
Comedy Series: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; "Glee," Fox; "Modern Family," ABC; "The Office," NBC; "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; "30 Rock," NBC.
Comment: Again, not really any surprises, except that CBS was shut out despite shows like Emmy darling "Two and A Half Men," and "How I Met Your Mother."
Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter," Showtime; Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights," DirecTV; Hugh Laurie, "House," Fox; Matthew Fox, "Lost," ABC; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC.
Comment: For once, Emmy got a category completely correct. You can't argue any of those picks.
Actress, Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT; Glenn Close, "Damages," FX; Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights," DirecTV; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS; Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC; January Jones, "Mad Men," AMC.
Comment: Huzzah! Connie Britton's outstanding work finally gets recognized. She probably won't win, but that's beside the point. I mean, these are the same voters that keep nominating Mariska Hargitay and ignoring the outstanding work Katey Sagal did on "Sons of Anarchy."
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Martin Short, "Damages," FX; Terry O'Quinn, "Lost," ABC; Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC; John Slattery, "Mad Men," AMC; Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age," TNT.
Comment: It's nice to see a nomination for a great actor like Braugher, even if the show is average. I'm completely stunned, however, that John Lithgow of "Dexter" was ignored, considering he created one of TV's most scary villains ever. Unfortunately, there are a lot of great candidates in this category who were shut out. My personal choice would have been Zach Gilford of "Friday Night Lights" or any of the "Rescue Me" crew or even Bob Odenkirk of "Breaking Bad."
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice," USA; Rose Byrne, "Damages," FX; Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men," AMC; Elisabeth Moss," Mad Men," AMC.
Comment: Gless' nomination is a real stretch to me, passing over the work of a lot of outstanding actress -- Lisa Edelstein of "House," Yunjin Kim of "Lost," and Maggie Siff of "Sons of Anarchy" to name but a few. Interestingly, Gless could win since the "Mad Men" and "Good Wife" nominees may cancel each other out come voting time.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; Matthew Morrison, "Glee," Fox; Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," USA; Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC; Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.
Comment: I was kind of hoping that Zachary Levi of "Chuck" my score a nomination, but that would have been a real long shot.
Actress, Comedy Series: Lea Michele, "Glee," Fox; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation," NBC; Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC; Toni Collette, "United States of Tara," Showtime.
Comment: Glad to see that Poehler did end up getting a nomination. She won't win, but at least she's in the conversation. I wish Courtney Cox of "Cougar Town" had gotten in as well.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Chris Colfer, "Glee," Fox; Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother," CBS; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family," ABC; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family," ABC; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; ABC; Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men, CBS.
Comment: I understand the "Glee" love, but Mark Sallis would have been a better choice here than Colfer, since Colfer's character was the same one-note character all season while Sallis showed a broader range. I'm pleasantly surprised to see three picks from "Modern Family." Ed O'Neill and Rico Rodriguez were equally worthy, but some other shows did deserve some nominations. Hopefully, this will be Harris' year, since the "Modern" guys will likely cancel each other out.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, "Glee," Fox; Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family," ABC; Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live," NBC; Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock," NBC; Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men," CBS.
Comment: I maintain that "SNL" actors shouldn't be in the same category as regular supporting actresses. That's not a knock on Wiig, but having a person perform in several two-minute sketches and someone who has to play a part in a scripted episode
I was disappointed to see "Sons of Anarchy" and "Rescue Me" get completely shut out from the major categories. I'm not sure why they are overlooked, because another FX show, "Damages," did very well as usual. It's nice, however, to see "Friday Night Lights" finally break through. It's no real surprise that "Glee" or "Modern Family" did very well on the comedy side, but I would have liked for "Cougar Town" to have gotten some consideration as well.
Anyway, what are your glaring omissions or happy picks?
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