Okay, before we climb onto the highest of our high horses and give those dolts at the TV Academy our righteous online fury, let's first note what Emmy voters got right this year:
-- The best dramas: "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Mad Men." You can say a couple of other shows also deserve to be on this list, but you can't really argue against these noms. Glad to see Emmy voters recognizing fantasy drama "Thrones" once again, and good for "Downton Abbey" for cracking the top series category. (It was in miniseries last year).
-- "Breaking Bad" was rightfully nominated all over the place, including a supporting actor nod for Giancarlo Esposito (up against Aaron Paul, which feels wrong since Paul is more of a co-lead with Bryan Cranston than a supporting actor. But this is the show's submission strategy).
-- Some of the first-year role acting nods, like "American Horror Story's" Connie Britton, "Girls'" Lena Dunham, and "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel. Plus, way to go Bill Hader, getting an acting nod for "SNL."
-- BBC's "Sherlock." The best crime drama on TV landed a miniseries nod, plus acting noms for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. "Sherlock" is up against "American Horror Story" in the mini category as part of FX's strategy to put the closed-ended first season of its series into this category instead of the much-tougher drama series category. As much as I thought AHS was a well-crafted and ballsy show, I'm rooting for the modestly budgeted three-episode "Sherlock" to trounce it -- especially because of FX's "let's put our big splashy new series in the easy category" submission strategy. Go big or go home, FX; pick on shows your own size!
-- Non-competition reality show: Some geeky and well-deserved cult-favorites in here like "MythBusters," "Shark Tank," and the short-lived "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution."
And now, what you came here for. Here's who was robbed:
-- The comedy series category. Comedy tends to be more subjective than drama, so maybe it's no surprise there's a rift between TV Academy voters and online fandom/critics in this category. Many feel "Parks & Recreation" had its best season, and that Nick Offerman in particular should have been nominated. Instead the Academy nominated another quirky politics-tinged comedy, "Veep," which most thought was merely mildly funny. Also, I thought "Community" might get a nomination for comedy series after Dan Harmon's ouster, if only because people in the industry like to annoy NBC.
-- Guess some actors on "New Girl" are worth nominating, but not the show itself? And same goes for Louis C.K., whose FX show "Louie" topped many critic lists. Why do I get the feeling that if "Louie" was on HBO like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," it definitely would have been nominated? And look at the comedy writing category: Four of the five nominees are for "Parks," "Community" and "Louie" -- so were the jokes written funny, but the shows didn't tell them right?
-- Speaking of "Louie:" The missing FX dramas. No "Sons of Anarchy" or "Justified?" Hmm, maybe FX should make them "mini-series" next year?
-- How did "Survivor's" Jeff Probst go from winning best reality show host the past couple years, to not even scoring a nomination? Was he all, "The tribe has... has... damn, what's my line?"
-- The supporting actor category is a pretty tough nut to crack this year. Still, would have been good to wedge in Mandy Patinkin from "Homeland," John Slattery from "Mad Men," or John Noble from "Fringe." Maybe for its upcoming final season, "Fringe" will get some love next year?
-- Not sure I'd call this a snub per se, but it's interesting Fox's "The Simpsons," "American Dad" and even "Bob's Burgers" were all nominated from the network's Sunday block, but the most popular animated comedy on TV -- Fox's "Family Guy" -- was not. Just not a great year for the show, or did "Family Guy's" controversy addressing its Emmy mailers to "Brentwood Jews" have an impact?
-- "Revenge," arguably snubbed. Madeleine Stowe in particular. And to nominate Kathy Bates (twice!) and not Lena Headey for "Thrones," really?
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