Emmy Nomination Snubs, Surprises, and What Made Us Go ‘Huh?’

'Friday Night Lights,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Survivor' and 'Monk's Tony Shalhoub (Photo: NBC/CBS/USA)

'Friday Night Lights,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Survivor' and 'Monk's Tony Shalhoub (Photo: NBC/CBS/USA)

It was the year that the Primetime Emmy nomination process got it right.

Well, mostly.

The little show that could, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ finally made it onto the playing field with noms for leads Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. That said, we would have liked to see Zach Gilford garner a Guest Actor nod.

Lost‘ went out with a Jughead-like bang, collecting a dozen nominations – thanks in large part to its engaging series finale, “The End.”

The women of AMC’s ‘Mad Men‘ turned heads in an appropriate way, netting nods for January Jones and supporting players Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks.

ABC’s ‘Modern Family,’ which was widely regarded as the season’s best new laffer, indeed is in the Outstanding Comedy race – and racked up five supporting actor/actress nominations, to boot! Ed O’Neill in fact was the only overlooked adult cast member, though that’s understandable when the ensemble agrees to all submit in the supporting category.

Fox’s ‘Glee‘ saw its father-son act step into the spotlight: Chris Colfer scored a spot on the Supporting Actor in a Comedy race, while “pop” Mike O’Malley is among the Guest Actor contenders.

And yes, Old Spice’s “I’m On a Horse” commercial converted pop-culture buzz and tickets to that thing you love into possible Emmy gold. Oh, and there’s this on the ‘Good Wife‘ front: Archie Panjabi!

The complete list of major Emmy nominees can be found here.

Still, there were some outright snubs and calls that had to make us go “Huh?!”

CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ forecast by many to be a lock for an Outstanding Comedy nomination, instead only has Jim Parsons’ (very deserved) lead actor nod to cozy up to.

NBC’s ‘Community‘ was another casualty of a particularly strong year for comedies, netting neither a nod for best laffer nor series lead Joel McHale.

Instead, three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub – whose ‘Monk‘ has been off the air for what seems like a small eternity, yet was still technically eligible – rejoins the Lead Actor in a Comedy pack.

Also on the comedy front, ‘Parks and Recreation‘ scene-stealer Nick Offerman got nada, though it’s some consolation to see Amy Poehler in the Lead Actress contest.

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There were disappointments on the drama side, as well.

FX’s critically acclaimed and palpably gritty ‘Sons Of Anarchy‘ was shut out. John Noble, despite among other things a tour de force performance in Walters-centric “Peter” episode of Fox’s ‘Fringe,’ failed to get his due.

ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ didn’t score a single acting nomination, even though the likes of Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson blew the roof off the place in the blood-soaked season finale.

Anna Paquin, who as Sookie draws real emotion and poignancy from HBO’s trippy ‘True Blood,’ collected no kudos – though the HBO hit is among the Best Drama contenders.

Even reality-TV delivered a bit of surreality, as one of the most middling seasons of ‘Project Runway’ enters the Emmy race while one of the best ‘Survivor’ installments ever – ‘Heroes Vs. Villains’ – is left stranded in the brush. But that incongruence is offset by seeing CBS’ always ambitious ‘Amazing Race‘ get a Non-Fiction directing nod against some high-brow, non-reality challengers. Amazing, indeed.

Who do you think got snubbed? And which nominations are you most celebrating?

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