Posted by: ckckred | July 19, 2012

Emmy Nominations: My (Poor) Reactions

Editor’s Note: Before I say anything, this is my 300th post.  So thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go on this far.

Today, I woke up in a pretty good mood.  That’s before I watched the nominations for the Emmys being announced, of course.

The Emmys are not exactly a well regarded awards show by critics.  They tend to favor popularity over quality, and only in the past few years have they started looking at cable.  This year’s nominations reflect their development, which is good, but they still pick nominees with high ratings instead of critical appeal.

First off, Justified wasn’t nominated for Best Drama.  Timothy Olyphant wasn’t even on the Best Actor list.  You can’t seriously leave a show like Justified off.

Furthermore, Michael C. Hall does not deserve another nomination for Dexter.  Have you seen the most recent season?  Does anyone actually consider Kathy Bates role in the dreadful Harry’s Law to be one of the best performances on television?

Let’s not overlook the variety series.  I’ve never heard anyone call Real Time with Bill Maher one of the best late night show on television.  In fact, I’ve never even heard anyone call it good at all.  American Horror Story somehow got a nomination for Best Miniseries when it’s far from being the best at anything.

As usual, the most snubs come from the comedy categories.  The Emmys not only ignored three of the best shows on television (LouieParks and RecCommunity), but celebrated a whole lot of shows that have only generated ratings.  Modern Family‘s bad season swept the nominations again, taking pretty much every single category it was nominated in.  The Big Bang Theory, one of the most overrated shows on television, received an undeserved nomination.  Plus 30 Rock, a show that’s so tired and old, got another Best Comedy nomination.  It’s turning into the next Everybody Loves Raymond.

And digging deeper, it gets worse.  None of the supporting cast from shows like Parks and Rec or Community got nominated.  However, the incredibly unfunny Jon Cryer did for Two and a Half Men, which has never been good at all, as well as Max Greenfield for the New Girl and Bill Hader for SNL (you don’t own a television if you don’t nominate Nick Offerman).  And it’s just tiring to see everyone from Modern Family receive acting nominations as well.

And it’s easy to notice how overstuffed some of the categories are.  Though Best Actress has some deserved nominees like Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, both Melissa McCarthy AND Zooey Deschanel are in.

Still, the Emmys did make a few good decisions.  I can praise the nominations for Breaking BadMad MenGame of ThronesCurb Your Enthusiasm, VeepSherlock, and Game Change.  Plus they took the chance on Girls, a critical darling that most though wouldn’t get a nomination.  And you can always count on solid choice like The Daily Show and Colbert Report.  They didn’t give nominations to shows like GleeHouse, American Idol, or Boss, something which I was afraid of.  And even though they snubbed them for other categories, it was great seeing Amy Poehler and Louis C. K. for Acting.

I guess I can compliment that the Emmys looked on cable.  Even five years ago they wouldn’t have picked this many cable shows.  Still, that doesn’t make up for the snubs but at least eases the pain.

Nominees below:

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Jeremy Davies, “Justified”
Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad”
Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Julia Ormond, “Mad Men”
Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife”
Jean Smart, “Harry’s Law”
Uma Thurman, “Smash”

BEST DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING
Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire” – “To the Lost”
Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” – “Face Off”
Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey” – “Episode 7”
Michael Cuesta, “Homeland” – “Pilot”
Phil Abraham, “Mad Men” – “The Other Woman”

BEST DRAMA SERIES WRITING
Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” – “Episode 7”
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, “Homeland” – “Pilot”
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” – “The Other Woman”
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men” – “Commissions and Fees”
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” – “Far Away Places”

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Kristin Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Will Arnett, “30 Rock”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Michael J. Fox, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jon Hamm, “30 Rock”
Greg Kinnear, “Modern Family”

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock”
Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men”
Margaret Cho, “30 Rock”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

BEST COMEDY SERIES DIRECTING
Robert B. Weide, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” – “Palestinian Chicken”
Lena Dunham, “Girls” – “She Did”
Louis C.K., “Louie” – “Duckling”
Jason Winer, “Modern Family” – “Virgin Territory”
Steve Levitan, “Modern Family” – “Baby On Board”
Jake Kasdan, “New Girl” – “Pilot”

BEST COMEDY SERIES WRITING
Chris McKenna, “Community” – “Remedia Chaos Theory”
Lena Dunham, “Girls” – “Pilot”
Louis C.K., “Louie” – “Pregnant”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” – “The Debate”
Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation” – “Win, Lose, or Draw”

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Luther”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES DIRECTING
Jay Roach, “Game Change”
Kevin Reynolds, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Philip Kaufman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Sam Miller, “Luther”
Paul McGuigan, “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINISERIES WRITING
Danny Strong, “Game Change”
Ted Mann, Ronald Parker, and Bill Kerby, “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Part 2”
Abi Morgan, “The Hour”
Neil Cross, “Luther”
Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

REALITY

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

BEST REALITY SERIES
“Antiques Roadshow”
“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”
“MythBusters”
“Shark Tank”
“Undercover Boss”
“Who Do You Think You Are?”

BEST REALITY HOST
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With The Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

VARIETY

BEST VARIETY SERIES
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

BEST VARIETY SERIES DIRECTING
James Hoskinson, “The Colbert Report” – “7121A”
Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” – “17087”
Jerry Foley, “Late Show With David Letterman” – “3602”
Jonathan Krisel, “Portlandia” – “One Moore Episode”
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” – “Host: Mick Jagger”

BEST VARIETY SERIES  WRITING
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Portlandia”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL
“Betty White’s 90th Birthday”
“Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again”
“Tony Bennett: Duets II”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
Don Mischer, “84th Annual Academy Awards”
Louis J. Horvitz, “The 54th Annual Grammy Awards”
Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater”
Alan Skog, “New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Live From Lincoln Center)”
Glenn Weiss, “65th Annual Tony Awards”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING 
“84th Annual Academy Awards”
“Betty White’s 90th Birthday”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater”
“65th Annual Tony Awards”

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Responses

  1. Their refusal to recognize some of the best comedies on TV (Louie, Community, Parks and Rec, Archer) is really getting to me. 30 Rock is one of my favorite shows of all-time, and it deserved its nomination last year, but it has gone downhill fast.

    • On one hand, they did nominate Louie, Parks and Rec, and Archer for some of the smaller categories, like writing. But it’s completely unacceptable that they be snubbed for Best Comedy.

      I loved the first three seasons of 30 Rock, but sadly the show has gone downhill. I agree with you that the current season was weak, and its nomination should have gone to either Louie, Parks and Rec, Community, or Archer. Thanks for commenting.


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