The thing about the Emmys and most award shows that people hate is that it’s always a mix of a little bit of good and a whole lot of bad. Crappy shows/actors/actresses get nominated only because they’re the popular choice, or because they’ve been nominated before. I don’t know who the Emmy voters are, but they love the idea of nominating anything that’s already been nominated in the past because it probably makes their job a lot easier for them and it’s the safe bet. Mother fuckers, stop going with safe bets! Choose people who actually deserve that shit!
So here’s the major lineup:
Best drama series: Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Dexter, Game of Thrones, TheGood Wife, Mad Men.
The only major surprise here is Game of Thrones, which is awesome because it’s definitely my favorite new show of the TV season. Very deserving. Boardwalk Empire bored me to death, but it’s one of those critically acclaimed shows so I get it. FNL is in it’s last season and although I never watched it, fans and critics alike have loved the show all the way through. The rest are predictable.
Best comedy series: Modern Family, 30 Rock, Glee, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation.
This category is usually bullshit. And this year continues to be the same. I stand by the fact that Modern Family is decent, but nowhere near great. The show was quite good in the early part of season one, but lost it’s flare later. Season 2 has been really lackluster, but of course it won the Emmy last year for best comedy so it’s going to win again. However, the biggest mother fucking insult in this category is the nomination of Glee. THE WRITING ON THIS SHOW IS HORRENDOUS. IT IS A TRAVESTY OF UNIVERSAL PROPORTIONS. I really can’t say enough about how bad Glee is. Sure, it’s entertaining to many and the musical performances can be fun, but as an overall show it’s a pile of moldy dog crap. The other nominations are expected and kind of sad because they’re all just okay (with exception of Parks and Rec which has been pretty good).
The biggest snub in this category is most definitely Community. This season was surprisingly and outstandingly great. It’s just not a popular show, so of course, no nomination.
Drama actress: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU; Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law; Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights and Mireille Enos, The Killing.
I really don’t watch any of these shows regularly, so I can’t comment too much, but this is going to go to Julianna Margulies again. I like Kathy Bates as much as the next person, but Harry’s Law is a pretty dull show. I guess she works what she’s given.
Comedy actor: Steve Carell, The Office; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Louis C.K., Louie; Johnny Galecki, Big Bang Theory.
The most awesome nomination in this category is hands down Lous C.K.’s nomination! He is really fantastic as a comedian and pulls off a wide range of subtleties in the show. Joel McHale should have been on this list.
Drama actor: Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Hugh Laurie, House; Timothy Olyphant, Justified.
As much as I dislike Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi is good. I’m under the impression that Hugh Laurie will continue to be nominated for best actor in a drama even long after he’s dead. He’s not bad, but House most definitely is and he isn’t pulling any type of Emmy worthy performances. I don’t watch Justified but critics and fans alike enjoy the show very much so I’m sure they’re happy for the Olyphant nomination.
Comedy actress: Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Laura Linney, The Big C; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly.
Okay, if you haven’t watched United States of Tara you won’t get it, but my god Toni Collete is an AMAZING actress and it’s sad to not see her get a nomination. She easily outperforms the list of actresses in this category. No big surprises here though minus a Courtney Cox snub. I thought this year would be her year.
Supporting drama actor: Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age; John Slattery, Mad Men; Alan Cumming, The Good Wife; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; Walton Goggins, Justified.
Peter Dinklage! Woo.
Supporting comedy actor: Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Chris Colfer, Glee.
Lamest category win? Supporting comedy actor! Of course every damn adult actor on Modern Family was nominated. They’re all good actors, but honestly none of them were amazing this season. If anything, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet continue to be good on the show. Jon Cryer, go the hell away. Nothing, and I mean nothing about Two And a Half Men is Emmy worthy. I’m not a fan of Chris Colfer, but I understand his nomination. I’m just glad that none of the rest of the Glee cast got nominated this year.
I’m going to beat the dead horse again with my anger over Community snubs! The entire cast has been amazing this year, especially Donald Glover. Both he and Danny Pudi deserved nominations.
Supporting comedy actress: Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.
No major surprises here. I loved Sofia Vergara on the first season of Modern Family, but she plays the exact same note this season. Not bad, just not award deserving. Julie Bowen I do like. AND AGAIN, COMMUNITY SNUB!? Alison Brie, you are the best supporting comedy actress in my heart.
Supporting drama actress: Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Michelle Forbes, The Killing; Margo Martindale,Justified; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.
Kind of a weak category, but none of these are a major surprise, except for maybe Michelle Forbes for The Killing. Horrible show, great actress.
The two big anger subs overall that people seem to spout are for Community and Fringe. Scifi has never done well in the Emmys and so it’s sad that amazing performances like John Noble’s go unrecognized. It’s great to see little surprises like Louis C.K. pop up, but otherwise everything here can be expected. Womp womp.