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My reactions to the Emmy nominations, part one

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 17th 2008 2:11PM
Emmy goldI'm going to share my Emmy thoughts, but there's so much to digest, I figured I'd space it out a bit. If you missed the announcement, check out Bob's live blog.

First thought: Why do I feel like I did when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced? Oh yeah, because all these nominations are predictable! Where's the surprises, where's the nominations from out of left field? These nominations lack the element of shock, at least to me. Here's my thoughts, plus I dug through the whole list and found some other interesting items...



Outstanding Comedy Series: Did Entourage really deserve a nod this year? No, not to me. It was a weak season, with all the Medillin mischief. On the other hand, How I Met Your Mother continues to get no Emmy love. HBO always seems to have an in with the Emmy voters. Could they know something about submitting nominating reels that others do not? That said, if The Office submits "Dinner Party," they're winning.

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama: Deathmatch! Sally Field won last year. Kyra Sedgwick deserves to win. Glenn Close was the early fave. Mariska Hargitay's a previous winner. And Holly Hunter is Holly Hunter! My gut says Glenn Close for being an uber-bitch on Damages.

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama: My heart says Hugh Laurie. My head says nobody is beating Jon Hamm from Mad Men. I'm happy for Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, as well as Michael C. Hall in Dexter.

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy: Piven and Dillion from Entourage; Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson and Jon Cryer. My personal fave is Neil.

Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy:
Kristin C. (Pushing Daisies) and Jean Smart from Samantha Who, Amy P. from SNL, Holland Taylor and Vanessa Williams. I'm thinking Kristin Chenoweth because everybody likes her -- she's perky.

Outstanding Support Actor Drama: Shatner (finally getting the respect he never got for Star Trek), Ted Danson and Zeljko Ivanek from Damages, Michael Emerson from Lost and John Slattery from Mad Men. Emerson is the man, but Slattery will win in a Mad Men sweep.

Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy: This is the 30 Rock award. They have four noms, Rip Torn, Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi, Tim Conway. You think Shelley Berman from Curb Your Enthusiasm has a snowball's chance in hell?

Sharon Gless: Nominated for guest actress on Nip/Tuck but not Burn Notice.

Outstanding Host Reality or Competition: What, no Phil Keoghan? How is that possible; he does the friggin' Amazing Race with the contestants. You think that's easy? Instead Howie Mandel, a Mr. Clean look-alike, gets in.

Outstanding Miniseries: Give it to John Adams and call it a day.

Outstanding Reality Competition: Will this be the year Amazing Race doesn't win? I think so. American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway and Top Chef are all worthy. I'm betting on Project Runway, based on it winning the Peabody too.

Outstanding Performance Variety or Music: Jon Stewart from the Oscars, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey for hosting SNL, and Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles. I think Rickles will win; like Tony Bennett last year, it's a lifetime achievement thing.

Outstanding Original Music: Oh my! They nominated "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" How great is that? It'll be bittersweet if it wins, though, now that Jimmy and Sarah have broken up.

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r.r.r.

I agree with Dan too. The Wire is one of the bext TV shows ever created. Has it ever been nominated at all? BOO!!! :(

July 18 2008 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

yes no BSG, and not much Lost love, but at least Flight of the Conchords got some noms!

we take what we can get!

July 18 2008 at 5:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dtpollitt

I'll tell you my reaction: These awards are complete HORSESHIT if THE WIRE received zero nominations. Assholes.

Dan

July 18 2008 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

No Dean Winters for 30 Rock? What kind of a world is this? HOW could they not have nominated him, Dummy?

July 17 2008 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nickmagoo

if there was an award for most boring miniseries, john adams is a shoo-in. sure, great looking, and ooooh so earnest. but really, 23 nominations???? jeezy peets.

July 17 2008 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DarthPaul

No BSG????

I can't take it seriously then!

July 17 2008 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
r.r.r.

i don't know why entourage is on there either. weird. i thikn the outstanding actor in comedy should go to will arnett. he's hysterical on 30 rock and pretty much everything he does.

i am all for NPH to win it!!! HIMYM is long overdue for at least a best comedy emmy nomination. i am totally over two and a half men. boo. :(

July 17 2008 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carrie LaGree

I had many of the same reactions, although not quite as concise.
http://nomadreader.blogspot.com/2008/07/emmy-announcement-semi-live-blog-and-my.html

July 17 2008 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

"What, no Phil Keoghan?"

My thoughts exactly. Also, what about Cat Deely on "So You Think You Can Dance?" She's great as well.

July 17 2008 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kris

I was thinking the same thing about no Cat when i read the Emmy noms >.

July 17 2008 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

While I do see Mad Men winning big -- very big -- I do not see a sweep, and I don't think Slattery will win in the supporting actor category. Ivanek and Danson are both more deserving for their work on Damages.

In the 30 Rock category (aka guest actor), I lean toward Will Arnett. He is incredible, especially on that show.

Scanning all the nominees, the one that jumps out as the biggest surprise to me is Jean Smart on Samantha Who. A weak role on a weak show.

July 17 2008 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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