ah yes, the Emmys
The Emmys are tonight and, though this year I wasn’t going to write a post about them – look at me do just that. It’s coming from a combination of guilt over not writing and even bigger guilt over not reading anything in almost 3 weeks (although I have left 2 books abandoned behind me)…so I can’t actually promise it will be any good to anyone or anything but my blog-conscience.
Outstanding Comedy Series “The Big Bang Theory” (2007) “Glee” (2009) “Modern Family” (2009) “The Office” (2005) “Parks and Recreation” (2009) “30 Rock” (2006)
New nominees: Parks & Recreation and The Big Bang Theory. For Parks it came just in time, season 2 was better than season 1, I thought, but for TBBT the nomination came about 2 years too late (as these things are bound to happen). Everyone loved this season with its permanent addition of Mellissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, but I miss the days of 4 nerds and a hot blonde with street smarts. Anyway, talking about any of these is pointless; the award will go to last year’s winner – Modern Family, for a noticeably weaker season 2. Me? I’d just wish someone made the Emmy voters sit and watch Community. You can’t not nominate it, you can’t not give it an Emmy once you’ve actually seen what the fuss is all about.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock” (2006) Steve Carell for “The Office” (2005) Louis C.K. for “Louie” (2010) Johnny Galecki for “The Big Bang Theory” (2007) Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes” (2011) Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory” (2007)
At least there’s no Matthew Morrison – but Johnny Galecki? What’s everyone smoking when they watch TBBT? Nothing against the guy, he’s OK, but how do you nominate him, and not Joel McHale? Oh, wait, you don’t watch Community. It’s was Steve Carell’s last year on Office, so he might get the ‘better late than never’ Emmy – but if not, I go with last year’s winner, Mr. Parsons. Of what I’ve seen from this bunch (all except Louie and Episodes), he’s the most deserving anyways.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie” (2009) Tina Fey for “30 Rock” (2006) Laura Linney for “The Big C” (2010) Melissa McCarthy for “Mike & Molly” (2010) Martha Plimpton for “Raising Hope” (2010) Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation” (2009)
No nomination for Glee, and we should all be thankful for that at least. Edie Falco seems like the safe bet, but since I don’t watch her show, I can’t say if it’s a justified bet or not. I wouldn’t mind if Amy Poehler took home this one; she managed to be the over-enthusiastic government worker without being overly annoying and that’s no small feat. And Martha Plimpton’s fun, but, again, I don’t watch her show.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Ty Burrell for “Modern Family” (2009) Chris Colfer for “Glee” (2009) Jon Cryer for “Two and a Half Men” (2003) Jesse Tyler Ferguson for “Modern Family” (2009) Ed O’Neill for “Modern Family” (2009) Eric Stonestreet for “Modern Family” (2009)
Just like last year, an avalanche of Modern Family nominees – which saves the Emmy people the effort of watching more than one show (or, in this case, 3). It’s the first year in a long time when NPH is not nominated and, although HIMYM had a pretty bad run, I still would have liked to see him win one of these eventually. Anyway, for me, the clear choice is Ed O’Neill – and I really hope that last year’s winner (Eric Stonestreet) doesn’t do a repeat, because Cam has gotten much more annoying in season 2. And remember what I was saying about Joel McHale up there↑↑ ? I’m gonna say the same thing about Danny Pudi. You have Chris Colfer for a show that’s not exactly comedic and Jon Cryer for a show that’s way way past its prime – and not Danny Pudi? For shame.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Julie Bowen for “Modern Family” (2009) Jane Krakowski for “30 Rock” (2006) Jane Lynch for “Glee” (2009) Sofía Vergara for “Modern Family” (2009) Betty White for “Hot in Cleveland” (2010) Kristen Wiig for “Saturday Night Live” (1975)
Julie Bowen can be the straight woman in a show full of crazies – which doesn’t necessarily do her any favors, while Sofia Vergara is more…in your face – and I mean that in a usually awesome way, because she would be my pick. But last year’s winner, Jane Lynch is probably a lock, although …you can never know exactly how far the love for Betty White goes.
Outstanding Drama Series “Boardwalk Empire” (2010) “Dexter” (2006) “Friday Night Lights” (2006) “Game of Thrones” (2011) “The Good Wife” (2009) “Mad Men” (2007)
Breaking Bad was shut out of the running due to some kind of scheduling rule (things were written at the time about this, many things, of which I remember nothing and I’m too lazy to do some googling), but we have 3 new nominees here as well: Friday Night Lights for its last season, and, predictably, Boardwalk Empire & Game of Thrones for their first. Now, FNL I never watched, on Boardwalk I gave up half way through the season, because it’s just wrong for gangsters to be so boring, and Thrones I absolutely loved (it was a great adaptation for the book, even if I have some beefs with a couple of characters). But the winner will still be, as ever, Mad Men. And even though the show’s been off the air for quite a while, season 4 was definitely good, including the The Suitcase – the nominee and clear winner, if you ask me, for the “Outstanding writing for a drama series” award.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire” (2010) Kyle Chandler for “Friday Night Lights” (2006) Michael C. Hall for “Dexter” (2006) Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (2007) Hugh Laurie for “House M.D.” (2004) Timothy Olyphant for “Justified” (2010)
Without Bryan Cranston, this should be as easy as…Mad Men. Jon Hamm deserves it, has deserved it for years now so I really really hope that the Emmy love for movie stars will not extend to Steve Buscemi (like it did at the Golden Globes). And I’m not even going to say anything about my eternal favorite, Mr. Laurie, since last season sucked so much that it would almost be a slap in the face (his face, I mean, not mine) if he actually won for the worst House season in existence. Stupidity should not be rewarded.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Kathy Bates for “Harry’s Law” (2011) Connie Britton for “Friday Night Lights” (2006) Mireille Enos for “The Killing” (2011) Mariska Hargitay for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1999) Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” (2009) Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men” (2007)
I watch exactly half of the nominated shows (although SVU I just started and, so far, it seems to me that no nomination for Mariska Hargitay is warranted) – and my pick would be Elisabeth Moss. Should I mention Katey Sagal, who is beyond great (and definitely beyond Ms. Hargitay) in Sons of Anarchy and who none of the Emmy people thought to nominate? Because in an ideal world, she would be winning this thing.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Andre Braugher for “Men of a Certain Age” (2009) Josh Charles for “The Good Wife” (2009) Alan Cumming for “The Good Wife” (2009) Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones” (2011) Walton Goggins for “Justified” (2010) John Slattery for “Mad Men” (2007)
Peter Dinklage is perfect as Tyrion (one of the best characters of the books), Josh Charles I’ve loved eversince Sports Night, John Slattery & Alan Cumming are both great – and the other two I don’t watch. This seems to me to be a wide open field – with last year’s deserving winner (Aaron Paul) being shut out of the ballot (again, with the scheduling thing – though next year he’ll be back & he’ll be winning) and the Lost slots going to The Good Wife….it’s actually a hard pick. But, if this is the year when Mad Men gets its acting awards, I’d go with Mr. Slattery and not be sorry for one second.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Christine Baranski for “The Good Wife” (2009) Michelle Forbes for “The Killing” (2011) Christina Hendricks for “Mad Men” (2007) Kelly Macdonald for “Boardwalk Empire” (2010) Margo Martindale for “Justified” (2010) Archie Panjabi for “The Good Wife” (2009)
Can I just say – I did not like Kelly Macdonald, not one bit? But I’ve heard a lot of good things about Margo Martindale’s turn in Justified (which I don’t watch) – and there’s always last year’s winner, Archie Panjabi (although this year her storyline was a bit weird – and not the good kind). And maybe Christina Hendricks can ride the coat-tails of potential Man Men acting winners and get an award herself? I certainly wouldn’t mind – but I have absolutely no prediction for this category.