Everyone's buzzing (or grousing) about the Emmy nominees, with most of the conversation focusing on the major categories that get all of the attention during the live telecast. But there are plenty of deserving nominees in the secondary categories (the ones usually relegated to the Schmemmys technical awards ceremony) that are worth acknowledging. Here are the ones that had us cheering the most, which is a rare occurrence when it comes to Emmy noms:
10. Southland's Stunts
No, it's not like Southland got nominated for any acting or show awards (which is unfortunate), but Stunt Coordination is still an Emmy. Obviously, the hard-hitting show deserves more, but it's great to know that at least someone who works on the perpetually underappreciated show is getting recognized.
9. Dot-Marie Jones
We aren't super enthusiastic about Glee lately, but one of the best things about the show in the last year was the addition of Jones as the new football coach. She's up for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. We presume that it was her turn in a pink tutu that earned her this spot.
8. Friday Night Lights: "Always"
Not only is the show up for an Outstanding Drama award, while Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler are nominated for acting accolades, but the series finale itself also earned a nod for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Too bad there isn't an Emmy category for Absolutely Perfect Endings to a Beloved Show.
7. The Walking Dead's Visuals
We've got some qualms with the writing and acting on The Walking Dead, but we can get behind a nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. The show has a great style and those zombies are pretty awesome to look at.
6. "I Just Had Sex"
The raunchy Saturday Night Live song cracked us up, and the Akon/Lonely Island production had a great video (with Blake Lively and Jessica Alba) to go along with it. Wonder who gets to present Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and say that title with a straight face.
5. Downton Abbey
We don't pay much attention to the Outstanding Miniseries or Movies category around here, and weren't surprised that the likes of Mildred Pierce or even the controversial Kennedys were spotlighted. What did attract our notice were the noms for the PBS Masterpiece mini Downton Abbey . This clever, subtle period piece is captivating television and we're hoping the Emmy nod entices more folks to check it out on DVD.
4. The Game of Thrones Credits
In tise day and age of the DVR, we tend to gloss over the intros to shows, but the credit sequence for Game of Thrones was so intricate and mesmerizing (and different each week!) that we actually looked forward to watching it. It truly deserves to not only be in the running for Outstanding Main Title Design, but to win.
3. Randee Heller
Heller is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and if you don't recognize her name, you might know her better as Mad Men's Miss Blankenship (or even as the original Karate Kid's mom). She brought much-needed levity to the AMC drama -- both in life and in death -- and we're beyond pleased to see a veteran working actress get acknowledged by her peers.
2. Travis Wall
The young choreographer and former SYTYCD contestant has really grown, creating some of the most moving contemporary pieces on the show. His nomination as a choreographer encompasses three of his pieces from last season: "Collide," "How It Ends" and our personal favorite, "Fix You." Choreographers Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo and Mandy Moore also got noms, and SYTYCD nearly dominated the category, with only one Dancing With the Stars nod in the mix.
We're going to overlook the fact that Degrassi was nominated for Outstanding Children's Program, since there isn't a Teen or Canadian category for it to be placed in. No matter who's in the cast, the groundbreaking series continues to push the envelope with edgy, provocative and addictive storylines unlike anything else in this category. And the episode that helped earn it the Emmy nod was a particular standout: a heartbreaking two-parter about a transgendered character.
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