My reactions to the Emmy nominations, part one
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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