Emmy Nomination Aftermath - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Well, after a few weeks of anxious anticipation, the morning of July 16 finally came and quickly went. The academy president, just as he did last year, had a male and female read out the names of nominees in a few categories, claim he had no idea either would be nominated, even though we all knew they would be, and they were. Predictable as it may have been, both Jim Parsons and Chandra Wilson deserved what they got for their troubles.

In general, I would have to say that the Emmys did a pretty decent job with nominations this year. If the Oscar's 10-nominee Best Picture list proves to be anywhere near as positive as the 6-nominee rule now in place for television's finest, things could be looking up.

On a slight sidenote, I have never understood why the nominations have been announced the way they have been. There's no rhyme or reason to the order. And why don't supporting performers hear their names called out live on television along with the leads? Do people really care about the same reality-competition programs being announced on CBS at 8:40 in the morning? Apparently, I'm not alone in that. Many of the nominated actors said in reaction statements that they couldn't find the official list of nominees on the Emmys homepage.

Now, back to business. I have created three categories to sum up the day's nominations: the good, the bad, and the ugly. They speak for themselves, so let's get right to it. . .

"Big Love"
"Big Love"
"Breaking Bad"
"Breaking Bad"
"Family Guy"
"Family Guy"
"30 Rock"
"30 Rock"
"Weeds"
"Weeds"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Mad Men"
"Mad Men"
"The Shield"
"The Shield"

THE GOOD

  • Big Love for Outstanding Drama Series.
  • Boston Legal is NOT nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor (James Spader) or Supporting Actress (Candice Bergen).
  • Breaking Bad for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston) and Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul).
  • Damages' Rose Byrne for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
  • ER's Ernest Borgnine for Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
  • Once cancelled by Fox, Family Guy becomes only the second animated show in history to be nominated for Comedy Series. Friggin' sweet.
  • Flight of the Conchords for Comedy Series and Lead Actor (Jemaine Clement).
  • How I Met Your Mother for Comedy Series.
  • The Office finally manages a nod for Casting in a Comedy Series.
  • 30 Rock's 22 nominations include deserved nods for guest actors Steve Martin & Jennifer Aniston, and supporting nods for Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan.
  • Two and a Half Men is NOT nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
  • Weeds for Comedy Series, Lead Actress (Mary-Louise Parker) and Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Perkins).
  • Sarah Silverman for The Sarah Silverman Program.
  • Saturday Night Live for Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Supporting Actress mentions for Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, and guest spot nods for Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake.
  • The omission of Entourage's three-time winner Jeremy Piven means Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series is wide-open. I'm pulling for Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson).

THE BAD

  • Friday Night Lights misses out on nominations for Drama Series, Lead Actor (Kyle Chandler), Supporting Actress (Connie Britton; Adrianne Palicki), Guest Actor (Gaius Charles; Scott Porter) and Writing ("Hello Goodbye").
  • In Treatment's John Mahoney and Alison Pill are overlooked in Supporting Actor/Actress in a Drama Series.
  • Mad Men's January Jones is not nominated in Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
  • True Blood only managed a few tech nominations, but it missed out on Drama Series, Supporting Actor (Ryan Kwanten), Guest Actor/Actresses (Stephen Root, Lizzy Caplan and Adina Porter) and Directing (for "Strange Love" and the hypnotic episode "Plaisir d'Amour").

THE UGLY

  • Party Down is overlooked in the following: Comedy Series, Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch) and Guest Actor (Ed Begley, Jr.).
  • The Shield gets nothing for it's perfect final season: Drama Series, Lead Actor (Michael Chiklis), Supporting Actor (Walton Goggins), Supporting Actress (CCH Pounder), Directing ("Family Meeting"), Writing ("Family Meeting") and Casting.

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Your Sister 7 years ago

Well, I have to disagree with Brian. House was not mediocre. And along those lines, why has Lisa Edelstein been passed up yet again? And maybe they wouldn't have had to nominate House if they would just give Hugh Laurie his long-overdue award!

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