It’s TV’s time to shine…and whine!
The nominations for the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, and, as usual, Emmy voters got a lot right … and a lot wrong.
It seems like they are trying (or are pretending to try), so give them some credit. But with all the television options out there these days, something worthy is bound to be left out. While several categories were, in fact, littered with surprises, the TV Academy is still late to the game in others, leaving us with plenty to grumble about. And that’s what critics are good at, so let’s get to it!
Still “Mad” about “Modern,” “Men” and HBO: HBO leads the gold rush, as usual, with a network high of 104 total nominations and Kate Winslet’s “Mildred Pierce” miniseries at the top of the heap with 21 noms. Meanwhile, AMC’s moody “Mad Men” was the most nominated drama with 19 and the hilarious “Modern Family” was the most nominated comedy with 17.
Kudos, you’ll always be credited as an “Emmy Nominee” now!:The list of fresh faces and surprise nominees includes “Mike & Molly’s” Melissa McCarthy (truly stunned, as seen by her face while she was co-announcing the nominees with “Fringe’s” Joshua Jackson); FX’s Louis C.K.; “Justified’s” Timothy Olyphant; “Big Bang’s” Johnny Galecki; “Raising Hope’s” Martha Plimpton; “The Killing’s” Mireille Enos; and Matt LeBlanc of Showtime’s “Episodes,” who was nominated for playing…Matt LeBlanc.
Long Overdue, Well Deserved: He may never have gotten any Emmy respect in all his years as “Married with Children’s” Al Bundy, but Ed O’Neill finally got his first-ever Emmy nomination for playing “Modern Family’s” patriarch. We’ll take it.
The Biggest Omission: Prematurely closing the case on Kyra Sedgwick, who was last year’s Best Actress in a Drama winner for “The Closer,” and this year wasn’t even nominated. Huh? Also MIA (and not just because he lost his head): Where is the Best Actor Drama nod for “Game of Thrones” nobleman Sean Bean???
Justice Served! Crisis averted: FX’s “Justified” won’t fall by the neglected wayside of critical darlings past (like “The Wire”), with the cast pulling four acting noms for Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Jeremy Davies and Margo Martindale.
Too Little, Too Late?: Beloved underdog “Friday Night Lights” finally got credit in the Best Drama category, along with lead acting nods for stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, but ironically, the long-awaited acknowledgment comes the same week as “FNL’s” series finale. Sigh…
Really?: Kathy Bates? We love Kathy Bates, but we’re still confused over how “Harry’s Law” is a “hit.” And we love Hugh Laurie, but even House is tired of “House.”
A Good Laugh: Hooray for “Parks and Recreation” busting into the Best Comedy bunch, and yay for leading funnylady Amy Poehler’s acting nod. (Guess it was too much to ask for Poehler’s cohort Nick Offerman to get one too though, huh?) People seem happy for “The Big Bang Theory” finally cracking the category too, but that should have come a few seasons ago, don’t you think?
Watch an Episode of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” Now:
Late Night, Left Out: There’s definitely changing tides in late night TV: Conan and Fallon are in, while Letterman and Leno are out. Meanwhile, my favorite Jimmy Kimmel got screwed. For more on late-night Emmy analysis, click here.
The Biggest “So There!” Entry: Camelot, a little less cursed than we thought. Nine nominations go to the controversial, little-seen miniseries “The Kennedys,” which caused a big ruckus and got buried on the hard-to-find ReelzChannel.
You’re “Killing” Us: We didn’t expect a downpour of nominations for the AMC murder mystery, but how can you acknowledge “The Killing’s” ladies – Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes (both nods we approve of) – and then leave out good cop/bad cop Joel Kinnaman? Criminal!
So You Think You Can Host a Reality Show?
Nice surprise seeing “SYTYCD” host and first-time nominee Cat Deely join the mix of nominated reality TV show hosts, along with “Survivor’s” Jeff Probst, “American Idol’s” Ryan Seacrest; “DWTS’s” Tom Bergeron, and “The Amazing Race’s” Phil Keoghan. (Looks like “Project Runway’s Heidi Klum is out!)
The Boo Section:
No “True Blood“? A bloody shame.
No “Walking Dead“? Surprising, since some Emmy voters do seem like zombies.
No “Community“? No Joel McHale? Fail.
No “Fringe“? Maybe they’ll get the recognition they deserve in the other universe.
No “Sons of Anarchy“? Talk about rebellion. Especially passing over Katey Sagal again. At least they weren’t expecting it: “If we get any Emmy noms I’ll tattoo EMMYS RULE on my a**,” outspoken series creator Kurt Sutter tweeted yesterday.
The Short List:
Overall Nominations: HBO (104). Followed by CBS (50), NBC (46), PBS (43), Fox (42) and ABC (40)
The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, a supporting actress in a comedy series nominee, and will air Sept. 18 on Fox.