At the annual press tour yesterday, network executives at FX and showrunners blasted the Emmys for ignoring the network's offerings.
They've got a point. In sheer quality right now, FX is second only to AMC in my opinion in terms of its programming. Combine that with quantity -- AMC has only three original series -- and a strong argument can be made that FX is the best network on the air right now.
Yet, save for "Damages," the network has been virtually shut out for the past several years at the Emmys. Michael Chiklis won an Emmy several years ago during the first season of "The Shield," but the series was virtually shut out since then, despite outstanding acting turns from regular cast members like Chiklis, Walton Goggins and CCH Pounder, and guest stars like Glenn Close, Anthony Anderson and Forest Whitaker.
"Sons of Anarchy," arguably TV's most underrated drama right now, was absolutely robbed of an Emmy nom this year when lead actress Katey Sagal was snubbed. With so few quality roles for women, especially those over 40, Sagal has lit up the screen over the show's two seasons -- except for the Emmy voters, apparently.
"Justified" had more buzz than just about any new series this season, yet came up a goose-egg in the major slots.
"Rescue Me," almost on par with "The Shield" in terms of quality over its long run, has consistently been snubbed despite the fact that it's not only one of the best dramas on TV, but one of the best comedies.
Speaking of comedies, "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" is one of the funniest, raunchiest shows on TV, except to Emmy voters.
One wonders why the voters snub the network so regularly (except for "Damages," which has done consistently well in nominations over its three seasons).
Part of it is the Emmy process itself. Certain candidates get a nomination (cough, Mariska Hargitay, cough) and then stay in the running for the length of their series. And, there are only limited slots for best series. But any of the FX series would have easily been a better choice than HBO's "True Blood."
Some of the cast and crew of "Sons of Anarchy" said Tuesday they don't really care about the awards and that they don't mean anything. But I think it's always nice to be recognized by your peers for quality work.
Hopefully, the Emmy voters will pay attention next year.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: As always, Wednesday's are among the dullest nights of the week during the summer, unless you are a "Big Brother" (CBS, 8 p.m.) fan. NBC has the game shows, "Minute To Win It" and "America's Got Talent."
On cable, "Dark Blue" (TNT, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season. I really didn't like this series about undercover cops the first time around, but they are adding Tricia Helfer for Season 2, so I may tune in only for her. There's a second new episode following it.
I can't believe I'm writing this, but "Kate Plus 8" (TLC, 9 p.m.) begins a new season sans Jon. If I had to pick a poison to ingest rather than watch this, I'd go with arsenic.
Finally, "The Choir" (BBC America, 10 p.m.) goes to a new school with a new choir after the last one fizzled in China.
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