It's Emmy nomination morning, which means that instead of enjoying our relaxing mindless summer television, we instead are up in arms about who got nominated and, more importantly, who didn't. As always, the voters gave TV fans like us plenty to be happy about -- and plenty more that was just infuriating. Here's our gut reaction to who was honored and who was overlooked:
Outstanding Drama Series
The Good Wife
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
We're thrilled about Game of Thrones, even though the Emmys tend to overlook most fantasy shows. And we're not at all surprised to see usual suspects The Good Wife, Mad Men, Dexter or the critically beloved Boardwalk Empire make the cut. But seeing Friday Night Lights on here gets us a little choked up, given that the series finale airs on NBC this week. We wanted to see some love for the short-lived Terriers or the incredible Justified, but at least the latter's stars got a bit of Emmy love. We're happy that at least the subpar season of House didn't get acknowledged, nor did the frustrating The Killing or the weakly scripted The Walking Dead.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Kathy Bates (Harry's Law)
Harry's Law is supposed to be a drama? At best we'd consider it a dramedy, so we're surprised to see Bates on here. Do you think people really meant to nominate Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy? Because that we could understand, and it really is the only explanation for why she's not honored. But at least Bates is a big name and we can understand her appeal. We're still scratching our heads about the Mireille Enos nod, as she's hands down the worst thing about The Killing. Elisabeth Moss was wonderful as usual on Mad Men, but she hardly had enough screen time last season to justify leading lady status. We'd love the prize to go to Britton, but Margulies seems like the no-brainer since Emmy fave Kyra Sedgwick got snubbed.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Look, Emmy voters, we adore Hugh Laurie, too, but he didn't even have anything great to work with this year. Can we stop rewarding terrible writing? We're very pleased about Hamm, Olyphant, Chandler and Hall, and we're sort of fine with the predictable nom of Steve Buscemi, though we'd rather have seen his spot go to Parenthood's Peter Krause.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Mags Bennett! We were practically squealing in delight when we saw the evil mother from Justified get her due. Her nom, Panjabi's and, to an extent, Baranski's, are really the only things we agree with here. We love Christina Hendricks, but this wasn't a big Joan year, Macdonald is like nails on a chalkboard on Empire and Forbes is the second-worst thing about The Killing. We were hoping for Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones or Mae Whitman from Parenthood instead.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
If they were handing out accolades for Boardwalk Empire left and right, it seems odd that they overlooked Michael Shannon, who is arguably the best thing about that show. It also seems odd that they overlooked John Noble from Fringe, who was really impressive as both Walter and Walternate. As for the Good Wife guys, we're happy that it was these two and not the mostly absent Chris Noth. And while we miss Breaking Bad terribly, we're kind of glad that its ineligibility this year meant that Justified's Walt Goggins could sneak in here.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Parks & Recreation
The Big Bang Theory
We're pouting about Community. And Cougar Town. And The League. Sigh. But at least Parks & Rec was nominated, as well as Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. We're not sure how The Office got on here -- did they burn all evidence of the Will Ferrell episodes before submitting themselves? 30 Rock is fine, but it's been funnier in years past, and Glee? Well, that show is a hot mess not deserving of Emmy recognition here, so that means it could win.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Linney (The Big C)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
If you swap Edie Falco for Cougar Town's Courteney Cox, the voters pretty much went with our wish list exactly. So there's not really a lot for us to complain about here. And it was kind of cute to watch Melissa McCarthy try not to pass out on stage this morning as she was reading the nods and found out she'd been acknowledged.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Joel McHale, can it be enough that we still love you and think you are fantastic? We sure hope so because Emmy voters certainly don't appreciate his dry, cutting wit. We're not shocked that Carell got a nod for his final season, or that Alec Baldwin is on here -- again. Matt LeBlanc is a pleasant surprise here, but not as big as Johnny Galecki, who we usually plays second banana to Jim Parsons.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
How did Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Big Bang Theory get nominated and Miyam Bialick get left off? She's fabulous on that show and much more enjoyable than watching Kristen Wiig play the same character in 15 different outfits. We were also hoping to see Alison Brie (Community) Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) or Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), but instead we got Betty White being saucy, Jane Lynch trying to show emotions and Sofia Vergara being sexy. Somehow we're rooting for Julie Bowen and Jane Krakowski. Not sure we'd have predicted that.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ed O'Neill (Modern Family)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burell (Modern Family)
Where in the hell is Ron Swanson? In fact, we would have nominated not only Parks & Rec's Nick Offerman but also his mustache if we could have. Instead, there's Jon Cryer. Really? Surviving crazy gets you a nomination? We can think of many reality stars who would have shiny trophies lining their walls if that was the case. We're glad about all the Modern Family guys because, honestly, we had a hard time picking between them as well... and if someone from Glee had to get nominated, Chris Colfer is the only sane choice.
Outstanding Reality - Competition Program
So You Think You Can Dance
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
We barely even remember Project Runway being on in the past year, but if the Emmys tell us it was, we guess it happened. It definitely wasn't as memorable as the fashion-forward RuPaul's Drag Race, that's for sure. The rest are the old standbys, except for So You Think You Can Dance, which we're more than a little excited about.
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Jeff Probst (Survivor)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
We're so thrilled that Cat Deeley was finally acknowledged for her truly amazing work on SYTYCD that we're practically doing our happy dance in our seats over here. She really does make that show tick and adds some charm and style to the reality host landscape, which, judging by this list, is pretty much an impenetrable club of guys who have been doing this for years.
Outstanding Reality Program
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
There's actually no overlap here with what was on our wish list, but Hoarders was one that we definitely considered as it really is hard to forget cats that have been flattened into pancakes. That's some disgustingly compelling TV. Kathy's show is always good, while our dads enjoy Undercover Boss and, though we may not like to admit it, Deadliest Catch made us tear up on a number of occasions, so we're fine with all of those noms. Just please no Antiques Roadshow for the win.
Get more in-depth Emmy analysis at GoldDerby.com.
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