The Emmys: More thoughts and theories
Looking at the Emmy nominations announced this morning, one word comes to mind: BORING.
Or maybe two words, if you add "safe." I mean, come on. I don't usually watch Friday Night Lights, Dexter, or Battlestar Galactica, but even I know that those shows should have been nominated for something (beyond technical and writing awards). Instead we get...Tony Shalhoub again? He's fine, but there has to be someone else who they can plug in there. Grey's Anatomy and House for Best Drama? That's not to say that the shows nominated aren't good and solid, but when you take a look at the dramas that were left out...gah.
Beyond the major nominations (Best Comedy, Best Drama, Lead Actor and Actress, etc), there are other nominations where a lot of your favorite shows actually show up. After the jump, I'll highlight several.
I mentioned in the liveblog this morning that Studio 60 wasn't nominated. But it was! It got noms for Outstanding Cast, Cinematography, Direction, and Eli Wallach got an Outstanding Guest nomination for his role as the old TV writer who came back to the studio.
Were you aware that Standoff got a nomination? It's true! For Outstanding Main Titles, along with Dexter, Hustle, Ugly Betty, The Path To 9/11 and The Lost Room.
On The Lot got a nom too, for Outstanding Main Title Theme, along with The Tudors, 30 Rock, Hustle, and Dexter.
For Best Mini-Series, the nominees are The Starter Wife, Broken Trail, and Prime Suspect: The Final Act.
There's a category called Outstanding Music and Lyrics, and "Dick in a Box" was nominated! Wouldn't it be great to see those guys accept the award wearing boxes? The other nominees are songs from Scrubs (two noms), MadTV, and Family Guy.
Jon Stewart got a nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety or Music Program, along with David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Bennett, and Stephen Colbert.
Here are the nominees for Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Neil Patrick Harris (HIMYM), and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men). Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Conchata Ferrell and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty).
For Supporting Actor in a Drama, it's William Shatner (Boston Legal), T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy - take that Isaiah Washington!), Masi Oka (Heroes), Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson (Lost), and Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos). Supporting Actress in a Drama: Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Chandra Wilson, Katherine Heigl and Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Lorraine Bracco and Aida Turturro (The Sopranos). I wonder why these categories aren't mentioned during the nomination announcements on TV.
Weirdest nominations: Dancing with the Stars, for Outstanding Make-Up (Non-Prosthetic) in this season's episode 3 (?). Shouldn't Heather Mills get a nomination for something? Inside The Actor's Studio gets a nom for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series?!