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O'Neill Calls Out Lynch

Actor Ed O'Neill was quoted at TVGuide.com, saying "Glee's" Jane Lynch didn't deserve the Best Supporting Actress Emmy this year because Sue Sylvester is a one-note character.



"I love Jane, honestly I do," O'Neill said. "I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but I don't think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character."



O'Neill said he wanted the award to go to his "Modern Family" (ABC, 9 p.m.) co-star Sofia Vergara.



"Sofia is just so, so funny. I don't think people realize how hilarious she is. She's so sharp with her wit, it's amazing," he was quoted as saying.



So, is O'Neill right?



I say sort of. Lynch was easily one of the breakout stars of TV last year, and her portrayal of Sue Sylvester was one of the things that made "Glee" a success early on. Like most things "Glee-"related, the writers often haven't given Lynch enough to do, instead having her repeat the same variations of jokes.



That's not really Lynch's fault, and I think she does a great job with what she's given each week.



Vergara has proven herself to be a worthy comedienne in her own right, and also benefits by having "Modern Family's" great writing staff.



I don't think Lynch wasn't deserving of her Emmy, though I hope the voters judge her on each season's worth of stuff and don't just make her nomination automatic, like the voters tend to do.



I also don't think it's right to say an actor doesn't deserve an award. The actor submits his or her material, and it's up to the judges to decide. The judges are frequently wrong, as critics and fans are quick to point out. And while it's nice to see O'Neill promoting his co-star, he shouldn't do so at the expense of another actor. That might turn off future voters to Vergara, which would also be a shame.



WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: President Obama makes another TV appearance, this time on "Mythbusters" (Discovery, 9 p.m.) He charges the team to prove or disprove the ancient mystery of whether it's possible to wipe out an opposing navy by polishing an army's shields to reflect sunlight that will set the navy ships on fire. This was how the ancient Greeks supposedly defeated an advancing Roman navy, thanks to Archimedes. (It should be noted that the Mythbusters team has tried to do this twice and failed). I'm all for the President promoting science among young people, but I sincerely hope that he's not having the experiment done as an alternative to the U.S. actually maintaining a navy.



"Modern Family" headlines a night of new ABC sitcoms from 8-10 p.m.



Fox has a new "Human Target" at 8 p.m., followed by "Hell's Kitchen" at 9 p.m.



CBS is all new with "Survivor," "Criminal Minds" and "The Defenders," while NBC runs another "The Singoff" from 8-10 p.m.



On cable, "Psych" (USA, 10 p.m.) is new. I enjoyed last week's clever tribute to "Twin Peaks," but not enough to be a regular viewer of the show.



Also, "I'd Do Anything" is pre-empted this week because of BBC America's John Lennon tribute.

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